Sunderland AFC 1-0 Tranmere Rovers

Sunderland players celebrate with the Papa John’s Trophy after the 2021 final at Wembley Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday March 14, 2021.

Sunderland have won at Wembley for the first time since 1973 as they beat Tranmere 1-0 in the EFL Trophy final.

Lynden Gooch scored the only goal of the game in the 57th minute to win the game for the Black Cats.

Sunderland have lost the last seven times at Wembley, with the last one coming in the play-off final against Charlton in 2019.

Lee Johnson made four changes to the side that beat Portsmouth 2-0, with Tom Flanagan, Grant Leadbitter, Chris Maguire and Lynden Gooch coming into the side.

It was a tentative start to the match from both sides, but Sunderland had the first real chance, but Maguire’s shot went past the post.

Tranmere cancelled Sunderland out well, and in the 27th minute, Jay Spearing found space in the box but his header was caught by Lee Burge.

Aiden McGeady managed to grow into the game in the second half, and in the 51st minute, his low cross was fired across goal, but Charlie Wyke could not guide the shot home.

Sunderland eventually found a breakthrough as McGeady played a defence-splitting through ball to Gooch, who calmly lifted it over Scott Davies.

Keith Hill subbed Corey Blackett-Taylor on and the winger looked a threat against Max Power. The substitute almost equalised for Tranmere, but his shot was saved by Burge, who made some fine stops throughout the whole game.

Conor McLaughlin nearly doubled Sunderland’s lead in the 76th minute, but his header was flicked onto the bar.

Sunderland fans will be celebrating the first Wembley win in 48 years, and will be hoping the team will take their form into the league as they continue their push for promotion.