Sunderland Echo - - Nostalgia -

Jan­uary’s FA Cup Tees-Wear derby should throw up a bet­ter game than the cur­rent Cham­pi­onship ta­ble sug­gests – at least based on pre­vi­ous cup meet­ings.

Here, Joe Ni­chol­son looks back at the last five knock­out games be­tween Mid­dles­brough and Sun­der­land, go­ing back 30 years.

Sun­der­land 0 Mid­dles­brough 1 – League Cup - 30/10/2012

Cham­pi­onship side Boro reached the quar­ter-fi­nals of the League Cup in 2012 fol­low­ing Scott Mc­Don­ald’s win­ner at the Sta­dium of Light.

The Teessiders had gone six games against Sun­der­land with­out a win, but rose to the oc­ca­sion to win their fifth game in a row in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Tony Mow­bray’s side could have scored more, as Mc­Don­ald hit the bar and Sun­der­land goal­keeper Keiren West­wood de­nied Faris Haroun.

Mid­dles­brough 1 Sun­der­land 2 – FA Cup - 8/2/2012

Stephane Sesseg­non fi­nally set­tled this FA Cup tie at the River­side by bag­ging the win­ner in ex­tra-time.

The Benin in­ter­na­tional sealed the game in the 113th minute to send Martin O’Neill’s side through to the fifth round.

Jack Col­back had opened the scor­ing with a stun­ning first-half strike be­fore Lukas Jutkiewicz net­ted the equaliser - but it was Sun­der­land’s night.

Sun­der­land 1 Mid­dles­brough 1 – FA Cup - 29/1/2012

Fraizer Camp­bell marked a mem­o­rable re­turn fol­low­ing an 18-month in­jury lay-off to earn Sun­der­land a re­play at the River­side and set up Sesseg­non’s ex­tra-time hero­ics.

Camp­bell came off the bench in the sec­ond half be­fore can­celling out Barry Rob­son’s ac­com­plished vol­ley.

The Black Cats could have won the tie at this first time of ask­ing, but Craig Gard­ner’s ef­fort was dis­al­lowed for hand­ball.

Mid­dles­brough 2 Sun­der­land 0 – League Cup - 15/10/1997

Sec­ond-half goals from Andy Camp­bell and Craig Hignett gave Boro their first vic­tory over Sun­der­land at the River­side.

The third round League Cup tie was played to a back­drop of both sides chas­ing pro­mo­tion from the sec­ond tier, when Peter Reid was in charge of the Black Cats.

Yet it was Bryan Rob­son’s Boro who pro­gressed to the fourth round of the League Cup be­fore beat­ing Sun­der­land to sec­ond place in the league.

Mid­dles­brough 2 Sun­der­land 0 – League Cup - 25/08/1987

Boro needed to over­turn a 1-0 first leg deficit in the open­ing round of the 1987-88 League Cup at Ayre­some Park.

The Sec­ond Di­vi­sion hosts, who lost at Roker Park to an Eric Gates strike – opened the scor­ing on the stroke of half-time when Bernie Slaven’s spec­tac­u­lar over­head kick looped into the top cor­ner.

Tony Mow­bray made it two with a pow­er­ful header to send Bruce Rioch’s side into the next round, against De­nis Smith’s men, who were get­ting used to life in Di­vi­sion Three for the first time ever.

Fraizer Camp­bell en­joys his lev­eller against Boro in 2012.

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