Sunderland were condemned to another season in League One, after they were beaten by Lincoln City in their play-off semi-final.
The Black Cats had the tricky task of trying to overturn a two-goal deficit heading into the game, but they certainly made a positive start in the second-leg at the Stadium of Light.
Ross Stewart and Charlie Wyke both found the back of the Lincoln City net during the first-half, to bring the scores level on the night.
But Tom Hopper pulled a goal back to put the Imps back in front, before Sunderland were given a glimmer of hope as Lee Burge saved Jorge Grant’s penalty kick after 63 minutes.
However, Lee Johnson’s side couldn’t find the goal they were pushing for, which saw Lincoln City progress to the League One play-off final, where they’ll take on Blackpool at Wembley for a place in the Championship next season.
The Stadium of Light faithful will be bitterly disappointed that they couldn’t win a timely promotion back into the second-tier of English football this term, and they’ll be eager to return to the Championship in next year’s league campaign.
One set of supporters that are likely to be delighted with Sunderland’s play-off pain this season are the Newcastle United fans, who witnessed their local rivals’ frustrations on Saturday evening.
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Tim Krul took to Twitter to issue a sly dig at Sunderland, for missing out on promotion this term, in a tweet that is certain to go down well with the St James’ Park faithful.
— Tim Krul (@TimKrul) May 22, 2021
Krul spent nine years with Newcastle United, but is set to return to the Premier League next season, having been a regular in the Norwich City team that won promotion back into the top-flight at the first time of asking.
Which clubs do these former Sunderland players play for nowadays?
Newcastle United’s fans will absolutely love this.
Sunderland were left to rue a poor performance against Lincoln City in the first-leg of their play-off semi-final, and that’s ultimately cost them a place in the play-off final this season.
Newcastle and Sunderland are still a considerable distance apart at this moment in time, with the Magpies catching the eye with some impressive performances in the second-half of this year’s campaign in the Premier League.
Sunderland will be desperate to win promotion back into Championship in the 2021/22 campaign, where they’ll be expected to return to the second-tier.