Sunderland continued their cup success this season as a much-changed side saw off a poor Southampton team to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Gus Poyet's Black Cats have already reached the Capital One Cup final and they were rarely tested as Craig Gardner's fine strike settled the tie.

James Ward-Prowse had a shot saved for the Saints with Rickie Lambert missing an open goal from four yards out.

Sunderland's win came in front of only 16,777 fans at the Stadium of Light.

Saints go marching out

"Southampton out! No game midweek , great position in the league, why oh why would pochettino not play his strongest team .. Ridiculous! - Robbie Savage.

"Totally agree. Disrespectful of the competition, Saints supporters, especially those that travelled, and the game." - Gary Lineker

Lambert's missed opportunity summed up Southampton's afternoon as they failed to capitalise on a potential chance of silverware to add to an impressive Premier League campaign.

They sit eighth in the top flight after enjoying a six-game unbeaten run since the start of the year but Mauricio Pochettino still decided to make alterations to his team.

In contrast, Poyet's side had reason to take this tie less seriously given they are in the Premier League bottom three and face a League Cup final against Manchester City in two weeks' time.

With those targets uppermost in his mind the Uruguayan made nine changes to the side that lost last weekend at home to Hull, but Sunderland still showed greater willingness to press their opponents and support their team-mates in attack.

And in Gardner's 25-yard effort four minutes after the break, the hosts had the game's outstanding moment as they won for the seventh time in their past 10 outings.

Sunderland could have gone ahead in the first half when Fabio Borini appeared to be brought down by Luke Shaw just inside the box but the hosts' vehement penalty appeals went unheeded.

Black Cats draw level

Saturday's match was the 61st between the two sides, with Sunderland's win over Southampton taking the head-to-head record to 23 wins each.

Southampton improved and Ward-Prowse draw a decent save from Black Cats goalkeeper Oscar Ustari after smart build-up play by Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

Overall, the first half lacked any real quality in the final third but that changed soon after the break when Gardner picked up Jos Hooiveld's loose clearance and smashed a shot in off the bar from 25 yards.

Pochettino threw on Rodriguez to try and inspire a response and Lambert should really have equalised from Nathaniel Clyne's low cross before Lallana missed another chance from the same supply line.

But Black Cats substitute Connor Wickham almost touched in Sebastian Larsson's cross and Borini tested Kelvin Davis in Southampton's goal as Sunderland finished the stronger.

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, after being reminded that former manager Bob Stokoe led the Black Cats to FA Cup glory in 1973 and was commemorated by a statue: "Apparently to be more famous, it's better to win the cup. I don't want any more people knowing me, I think they know me enough, so I would prefer to stay in the Premier League.

"It's a personal feeling. I can't answer for anybody else, it's me. I would be devastated if we go down, so it's me."

Assistant manager Jesus Perez on why Southampton made six changes: "Obviously, it was a tough game against Hull [on Tuesday], we played away as well, we came home late and some of our players were not fully recovered and we decided the best players to play today.

"For us, every single player is important and useful for us and it doesn't matter who is on the pitch.

"There was a lack of freshness, that's obvious, but nothing more."

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Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Sunderland

  • 32 Ustari
  • 12 Celustka
  • 03 Dossena (Alonso - 77' )
  • 33 Cattermole
  • 27 Vergini
  • 16 O'Shea
  • 07 Larsson Booked
  • 08 Gardner (Colback - 83' )
  • 30 Scocco (Wickham - 69' )
  • 23 Giaccherini
  • 31 Borini

Substitutes

  • 04 Ki Sung-yueng
  • 10 Wickham
  • 14 Colback
  • 25 Mannone
  • 28 Alonso
  • 29 Roberge
  • 35 Mavrias

Southampton

  • 01 Davis
  • 02 Clyne
  • 23 Shaw
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 03 Yoshida Booked
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 16 Ward-Prowse (Schneiderlin - 62' )
  • 08 Davis Booked
  • 07 Lambert
  • 20 Lallana (McQueen - 82' )
  • 21 Do Prado (Rodriguez - 62' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 06 Fonte
  • 09 Rodriguez
  • 18 Cork
  • 22 Chambers
  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 45 McQueen
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 16,777

Match Stats

Shots

11 9

On target

4 2

Corners

5 6

Fouls

3 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Sunderland 1, Southampton 0.

90:00 +3:42 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Sunderland 1, Southampton 0.

90:00 +3:10

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

90:00 +3:10

Jack Colback (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +2:01

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Sebastian Larsson.

90:00 +1:58 Booking

Booking Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:00

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

90:00 +0:15

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Steven Davis.

89:46 Booking

Booking Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

89:29

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Victor Wanyama.

89:28

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Fabio Borini.

88:08

Attempt saved. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Colback.

86:45

Attempt missed. Luke Shaw (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.

85:54

Attempt saved. Jos Hooiveld (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Davis.

85:04

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by John O'Shea.

83:37

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

83:37

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Jack Colback replaces Craig Gardner.

81:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Sam McQueen replaces Adam Lallana.

81:01

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from very close range is too high. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

80:24

Offside, Sunderland. Marcos Alonso tries a through ball, but Connor Wickham is caught offside.

79:54

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

79:54

Connor Wickham (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:59

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

78:01

Offside, Sunderland. Connor Wickham tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.

76:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Marcos Alonso replaces Andrea Dossena.

74:54

Attempt saved. Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

73:33

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:33

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

73:03

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson with a through ball.

70:37

Attempt missed. Fabio Borini (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini.

68:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sunderland. Connor Wickham replaces Ignacio Scocco.

66:11

Hand ball by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).

65:34

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Jay Rodriguez.

63:53

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

63:53

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:17

Offside, Southampton. Kelvin Davis tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

61:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Morgan Schneiderlin replaces James Ward-Prowse.

61:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Guly.

61:05

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

61:00

Attempt blocked. Luke Shaw (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

57:36

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

56:53

Foul by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

56:53

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:17

Ondrej Celustka (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:17

Foul by Guly (Southampton).

52:41

Offside, Sunderland. Andrea Dossena tries a through ball, but Craig Gardner is caught offside.

50:24

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by John O'Shea.

48:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Sunderland 1, Southampton 0. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

47:30

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

47:00

Offside, Sunderland. Ondrej Celustka tries a through ball, but Craig Gardner is caught offside.

45:58

Offside, Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Sunderland 0, Southampton 0.

45:00 +1:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Sunderland 0, Southampton 0.

45:00 +0:47

Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:47

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

43:50

Hand ball by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

43:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:23

Delay in match Fabio Borini (Sunderland) because of an injury.

41:28 Booking

Booking Steven Davis (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

41:18

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

41:18

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:35

Hand ball by Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland).

37:22

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

36:24

Attempt blocked. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

35:55

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Victor Wanyama.

35:52

Attempt blocked. Craig Gardner (Sunderland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sebastian Larsson.

35:04

Luke Shaw (Southampton).

35:04

Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:38

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

32:38

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:07

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by John O'Shea.

30:04

Offside, Southampton. Adam Lallana tries a through ball, but Guly is caught offside.

29:26

Offside, Sunderland. Santiago Vergini tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.

29:08

Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

29:08

Lee Cattermole (Sunderland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

28:12

Offside, Southampton. Rickie Lambert tries a through ball, but Guly is caught offside.

24:45 Booking

Booking Maya Yoshida (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:34

Fabio Borini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:34

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

20:10

Attempt missed. Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fabio Borini.

16:34

Offside, Sunderland. Andrea Dossena tries a through ball, but Craig Gardner is caught offside.

13:39

Offside, Sunderland. Óscar Ustari tries a through ball, but Fabio Borini is caught offside.

11:45

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Santiago Vergini.

10:24

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

8:17

Corner, Sunderland. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

8:16

Attempt blocked. Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Fabio Borini.

4:24

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:24

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

0:42

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

0:42

Ignacio Scocco (Sunderland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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