By Matthew Roscoe • 14 March 2021 • 19:39
Sunderland Edge Tranmere to Win Papa John’s Trophy.
SUNDERLAND won the 2020/21 Papa John’s Trophy final after a narrow 1-0 victory over Tranmere at Wembley on Sunday, March 14 – breaking their Wembley curse after 48 years and seven defeats.
There were chances for both sides in a finely-balanced first 45 minutes, but Lynden Gooch struck just before the hour mark to edge Lee Johnson’s men in front (57).
Though the introduction of Corey Blackett-Taylor provided a much-needed injection of energy for Rovers thereafter, they couldn’t find a way to beat Lee Burge, with the Black Cats triumphing at Wembley for the first time since 1973.
Johnson said: “I feel amazing. Proud of everyone. You can feel the power and velocity of the club. If we can all align, fans, owner, players and staff this is a step on the ladder building.
“I know the heartache the fans have had. I am pleased to give something back to them. I know about the defeats and the time and money they have invested in supporting us. I know the ribbing from other clubs they’ve had.
“This is hopefully the start of that journey to look after them.”
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