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

The Black Cats will attempt to reach the final of the competition for the second time in three seasons, while Lincoln City plans to repeat their win in 2018

Lee Johnson’s squad is strengthened by their 4-1 win over Doncaster Rovers, but only has one middle at their disposal

In contrast, Michael Appleton’s team will try to recover after beating Sunderland 4-0 at the beginning of the season

You can keep up with all of the early team news, build-ups, and action on our live blog below

Lee Johnson paid tribute to his players after removing Premier League leaders Lincoln City to reserve their spot in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley

On form Charlie Wyke scored in the final quarter of an hour to undo Anthony Scully’s opener for the Imps, and when the game ended the Black Cats triumphed 5-3 on penalties

The win means Sunderland will face League Two Tranmere Rovers at Wembley next month

“Lincoln are a good team, we know how dangerous they are in both open play and counterattacking

“They were probably the better team in the first 30 minutes and it was difficult for us to apply pressure and get enough chances to score”

Lee Johnson says all of Sunderland will stand behind his team in the EFL Trophy final – although he admits the occasion will be “nothing” without the fans

The Black Cats defeated Lincoln City in the semi-finals at the Stadium of Light on penalties and booked their spot at Wembley, where they will face League Two Tranmere Rovers next month

Johnson was delighted with his Black Cats squad making it to the final, but says it will seem strange due to the ongoing effects of the Covid pandemic to have a cup final in a stadium at 90000 seats without spectators to play

“It’s very nice because when you get to a final it builds belief in what you’re trying to do, the philosophy, and the players get this reward at the end – they get the carrot of a really big occasion Johnson said

The Black Cats made it to Wembley

after a penalty shootout against Lincoln City

Lee Johnson’s crew showed good character, coming from behind and equalizing for a good outfit in normal time

Here are some of the key talking points as Sunderland aims to outperform the 2019 Checkatrade Trophy final

Sunderland heads to Wembley after beating Lincoln City on penalties to advance to the EFL Trophy final

The teams were equalized 1: 1 at the end of regular time Charlie Wyke hit within the last 15 minutes to cancel Anthony Scully’s kick-off just past the hour

That turned the game into a shootout with Sunderland, while Lincoln’s sub-Remy Howarth’s free-kick that hit the crossbar proved costly as the Black Cats triumphed 5-3 and Grant Leadbitter scored the winning penalty

Sunderland has qualified for the final of this competition for the second time in three seasons and will face League Two Tranmere Rovers next month

The guests took the lead after 64 minutes in a well-functioning counter through Anthony Scully

The Black Cats were the better team after going back, and got their reward when Charlie Wyke went beyond Alex Palmer

Lincoln had a good chance of winning a winner on death, but TJ Eyoma couldn’t find Brennan Johnson with his retreat

It went to penalties and Sunderland showed his nerves scored all five in it was enough to secure a spot in the final when Remy Howarth hit the bar with the imp’s third penalty

He cuts back and tries to pick Wyke, but Palmer tears it out of the air

Eyoma storms forward, hits O’Nien and tries to hit Johnson, but Sunderland clears after a corner

Lincoln tries a short free kick, but Sunderland is quickly off the blocks, forcing them back on their own goal

McGeady picks up the ball on the edge of the area, spins and fires a small effort against Palmer, who holds well

McGeady finds space at the edge of the area and tries to curl one in the lower left corner, but Palmer gets a big hand on it and pushes it away

Lincoln comes up with one of them. Montsma has both arms around Wyke as he jumps at McLaughlin’s flank

McGeady crosses from the right and Wyke dives to throw a header into the lower left corner

Sunderland v Lincoln City, Sunderland

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Source: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/sunderland-vs-lincoln-city-live-19853139