It was a memorable weekend for Sunderland.
The Black Cats returned to Wembley Stadium as they looked to end their hoodoo at the national stadium as they took part in the Papa John’s Trophy final against Tranmere Rovers.
After failing to win a cup final since 1973 there was a real pressure on the Wearsiders to pick up some silverware but Lee Johnson’s side rose to the occasion.
It was far from a stunning performance but a 1-0 lead was enough to win the trophy and give the fans watching on at home something to celebrate.
It was only fitting that the man who got the goal had a greater connection with the club that most.
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Lynden Gooch is a product of Sunderland’s academy set-up and made the difference after latching onto Aiden McGeady’s sublime pass to slot home in the second half of the game.
The American is something of an adopted Wearsider and couldn’t hide his delight as he took to social media after the game.
My club, Red & White Army 🔴⚪️❤️🤍 https://t.co/kkxGFBKpVC
— Lynden Gooch (@LyndenGooch) March 14, 2021
He tweeted: “My club, Red and White army.”
What a day it was for Sunderland.
While securing promotion to the Championship has to be the club’s main priority, there’s no doubt that lifting the Papa John’s Trophy is a major statement as they look to kick on and establish themselves as a real force in the EFL.
Lee Johnson will now be hoping that his team can take that winning mentality into the rest of the season as he looks to get the job done in the league.