Sunderland and hosts Southampton played to a scoreless first half in front of an exuberant crowd that would have expected a bit more from their side. However, they would not be disappointed after halftime as Southampton took the lead. The one goal would be all the home side needed as they were able to keep Sunderland off the board and earn the clean sheet.
Despite the victory, Southampton were out shot by Sunderland 6-3, hitting the target only once compared to two by the visitors. Southampton finished the game with five corner kicks, while Sunderland took three.
The only goal in the game came in the 66th minute when Sofiane Boufal scored a sensational goal to settle fourth-round clash at St Mary’s.
Sunderland manager David Moyes, was sent off late in the game after protesting with the fourth official after his side were denied a penalty by referee Kavanagh.
Moyes insists his side were robbed when Victor Anichebe appeared to be fouled by Maya Yoshida.
This defeat for Sunderland heaps more pressure on Moyes and his frustration is understandable, Southampton now progress to the quarter final stage in what is developing into a promising season for the South Coast side.