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Sunderland boss O'Neill looks to FA Cup as final frontier

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has never reached the final of the world's oldest club competition as either a player or a manager despite a trophy-laden career. "As a player, I never won it. We were in the quarter-finals three or four times with Nottingham Forest, one in particular in 1974 when we played at Newcastle and the crowd invaded the pitch.

"I don't know whether Mr Clough took it all that seriously or not at the time - of course he did, but you always felt that the league was the big thing.

"With Aston Villa, we reached the semi-final two years ago and were beaten by Chelsea. We had a couple of rather rough refereeing decisions, but doesn't everybody?

"But I have never reached the final, I have never been in it. It's the only competition, as a player, that Forest didn't win."

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