The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FIFTH ROUND -

CRAIG Gard­ner’s sec­ond-half strike was the dif­fer­ence as Sun­der­land beat Southamp­ton at the Sta­dium of Light to reach the FA Cup quar­ter­fi­nals.

Gard­ner un­leashed a blis­ter­ing 25-yard drive four min­utes af­ter the break that crashed in off the un­der­side of the cross­bar.

Rickie Lam­bert missed the vis­i­tors’ best chance to equalise on 82 min­utes, shoot­ing over from three yards af­ter meet­ing Nathan Clyne’s low cross.

Sun­der­land missed chances to ex­tend the lead late on but ul­ti­mately it did not mat­ter and their hopes of a cup dou­ble re­main.

In a poor first half, Southamp­ton came clos­est to scor­ing when James Ward-Prowse’s half-vol­ley forced Os­car Us­tari into a good save.

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