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It has been a small matter of 38 years since Southampton got their hands on the FA Cup for the first and only time in the south-coast club's 128-year history.
And so for Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino to elect to bench four first-team regulars against relegation-threatened Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday simply beggars belief.
The visitors, which rested the likes of Jose Fonte, Jack Cork, Morgan Schneiderlin and in-form front man Jay Rodriguez for their trip to the north-east, went on to lose the fifth-round tie 2-1, making it a double dose of cup misery at the hands of the Black Cats this season.
However, with the Saints virtually safe from relegation from the Premier League, having already collected an impressive haul of 39 points so far in this campaign, and with a trophy plus a place in Europe next season just three wins away for the winners on Wearside, one really has to question the thinking behind Pochettino's team selection.