MACKEMS BREAK 48-YEAR JINX
Sunderland 1 – 0 Tranmere
Sunderland finally broke their Wembley jinx as Lynden Gooch’s second-half strike saw them win at the national stadium for the first time since 1973.
Gooch converted from the edge of the box just before the hour mark and his team held on to lift the 2021 Papa John’s EFL Trophy – beating Tranmere 1-0.
The Mackems had not won at the national stadium since beating Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup final. And although – as boss Lee Johnson put it – ‘it’s not the biggest trophy’ Sunderland fans will be gutted they couldn’t be there to see them shake off the Wembley voodoo.
Prior to match Rovers fans were simply asking the North East side not to batter them considering they’re chasing promotion in the league above. But in reality, the League Two side did themselves proud.
Their five shots on target dwarfed Sunderland’s one but Gooch’s right-foot effort was the only one that went in and therefore the only one that really mattered.
There was little to separate the teams in an entertaining contest – but a moment of quality proved decisive in the 57th minute when Aiden McGeady split the Tranmere defence with a through-ball and United States international Gooch finished off the chance.