Ebene News – GB – Sunderland 0-0 Lincoln City Live – all the EFL Trophy action

Hello and welcome to our live coverage as Sunderland takes on Lincoln City at Stadium of Light in the Papa John’s Trophy semi-final

The Black Cats will look to advance to the final of the competition for the second time in three seasons, while Lincoln City plans to replicate their victory in 2018

Lee Johnson’s side will be backed by their 4-1 win over Doncaster Rovers but will only have one center-half available

By contrast, Michael Appleton’s side will be looking to redeem themselves after their 4-0 beating against Sunderland earlier in the season

You can follow all of the first team news, build-up and action in our live blog below

Good interaction from the hosts on the right side, Eyoma arrived at the edge of the area

Wright does well to put his foot down to deny Eyoma who burst into the club

He screams but there isn’t enough for the referee and Sunderland’s break

Sanders throws a cross from the right side but O’Nien heads behind for a corner

Lincoln is playing good stuff in the early stages but not testing Sunderland as it is

O’Nien and Wright face off in midfield, both challenging the same header

Big night out at the Stadium of Light tonight as both teams head to the pitch

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Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton kept his cards close to his chest ahead of the Papa John Trophy semi-final

Appleton is well aware of the threats Sunderland will pose to its Imp team on Wednesday night – with Charlie Wyke in great shape

The Black Cats put young Appleton Lincoln to the sword earlier this season, but the Imps are flying high this season

The manager of the Imps says he is “attentive” to the players who have managed to reach this stage of the competition but is evaluating his option

Former Sunderland deputy director Steve Cotterill discharged from hospital after 33-day battle with coronavirus

The director of the city of Shrewsbury tested positive for Covid-19 on January 1 and spent time in intensive care

Cotterill went through a ten-day isolation period in Shrewsbury before returning home to Bristol where he fell seriously ill

The 56-year-old, who was Deputy Warden at Sunderland under Howard Wilkinson, has been admitted to Bristol Royal Infirmary Hospital where he spent last month

The Salop manager will go through a period of rehabilitation and will continue to work with his staff remotely

If Lee Johnson leads Sunderland to deserted Wembley against Tranmere Rovers next month, he will fall silent and call it progress

Because the last time he went to Wembley to see a team he had led to the EFL Trophy Final, he was booed by 60,000 angry Tykes!

It was April 3, 2016 and Johnson was a guest of then-Barnsley owner Patrick Cryne after sailing the Wembley Road with the League One side on their way to their clash with Oxford United in the final

The problem was that Johnson left Oakwell in February to take over for the Bristol City championship side – the announcement coming just two days after overseeing Barnsley’s penalty shootout win over Fleetwood Town in the semi-final of the Trophy, which was played on two legs and regionalized at the time

But five years later, if Sunderland defeats Ligue 1 leaders Lincoln City in tonight’s semi-final at the Stadium of Light to stage a final against Tranmere, there’s no way he’ll pass up. the opportunity to manage at Wembley for a second time – although the Covid pandemic unfortunately meant there would be no fans present to get behind him and his team

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Lee Johnson considers new costume as Sunderland seeks to reserve spot at Wembley for EFL Trophy Final

The Black Cats face Ligue 1 leaders Lincoln City tonight in the semi-final, with the winners set to face League Two Tranmere Rovers – who beat Oxford United in the other semi-final last night – under the ark next month

Johnson knows promotion will be the yardstick by which Sunderland’s season will be judged, but he’s in no mood to downplay tonight’s semi-final – insisting that reaching Wembley would bring a factor positive for fans, even though current Covid restrictions prevent them from coming in person

The head coach felt disappointment over the league’s loss last week at Shrewsbury, but the weekend’s 4-1 victory over promotion rivals Doncaster Rovers changed the mood again and Johnson wants to build on that

Of the semi-final he said: “It’s big, I want to take a new costume and go to Wembley!

“I’ve played at Wembley [for Bristol City in the 2008 play-offs] before and it’s always a fantastic opportunity. We want to make it happen”

There is only 90 minutes between the Black Cats and a showdown at Wembley with the Tranmere Rovers of Ligue 2

Birkenhead’s side booked their place in the final of the competition with an impressive 2-0 victory over Oxford United

Hello and welcome to our live coverage as Sunderland hosts Lincoln City at the Stadium of Light

Both teams have a history in the competition and a place in the final of the Papa John’s Trophy final beckons

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Ebene News – GB – Sunderland 0-0 Lincoln City Live – all the EFL Trophy action

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