There’s no doubt that this is a massive week for Sunderland.
After a long, hard season it seems that the fate of the Black Cats’ season will be decided in the next two weeks as fans wait to hear if the campaign will be a success or a failure.
Lee Johnson’s side face a dramatic double-header against Lincoln City this week, before a potential clash with either Oxford United or Blackpool in the play-off final if they can see off the Imps.
But it’s not just Sunderland’s senior side who are enjoying a big end to the season.
The Wearsiders are putting real focus on their under-23s side this term and that also seems to be reaping rewards with the development side also qualifying for the Premier League 2 Division 2 Play-Off final.
The young Black Cats saw off Stoke City with a 2-0 on Monday evening at the Bet365 Stadium thanks to goals from Josh Hawkes and Oliver Younger.
As a result the side will the winners of Crystal Palace vs Wolves for a spot in Premier League 2 Division 1 next term.
As you’d imagine, supporters were delighted for the young Sunderland and couldn’t hide their delight on social media. Here’s what some of them had to say.
— Jai Oliver (@JaiOliver5) May 17, 2021
Well done lads
— Joe McNally (@JoeMcNa36001719) May 17, 2021
Fantastic result superb perfect away performance well done lads fully deserved 🔴⚪️🔴👍😉👏👏
— Colin Roberts (@mackem49000) May 17, 2021
Give Josh Hawkes the keys to the city.
— 🔴⚪ (@Camer0nJohnson) May 17, 2021
Go on lads 🔴⚪️
— Oluwaseun Bamgboye (@bamgboyeolu) May 17, 2021
Brilliant! Another step forward! 👏🏻👏🏻
— Philip West (@Philip_RJ89) May 17, 2021
Now we get to the play off final with the 1st team now
— Mando🇨🇵🇨🇭 (@KINGMAGUIRE1) May 17, 2021
Brilliant performance lads, so so pleased with the turnaround of the U23’s 🔴⚪️
— Jack Gilmore (@15jgilmore) May 17, 2021
Terrific performance, well done Lads, you ran your socks off. Good Luck in the Final, we’re right behind you 🤗❤️🇵🇪🙏
— Ann Coldwell (@ColdwellAnn) May 17, 2021
— Mary Moo Cow🇵🇸 (@TerryHobkirk) May 17, 2021
Josh Hawkes is class mind
— Alan Hunter (@HuntaThePunta2) May 17, 2021