11 things Sunderland and Newcastle United have said about the Checkatrade Trophy this season

Sunderland and Newcastle Under-21s are gearing up for Tuesday's Checkatrade Trophy clash - but how will each side treat the eye-catching fixture?

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 06 January, 2019, 20:15
Sunderland boss Jack Ross.

We look back at what managers, coaches and players have said about the competition this campaign ahead of the game at the Stadium of Light.

Weve tried to treat the competition properly and progress in it I think weve shown that but equally weve tried to pick a team that works around our other fixture commitments as well."
"Well approach it like we do any other game. Were not going to do anything special or drastically change anything just because its Sunderland at the Stadium of Light."
"They play in the U23's but in terms of a competitive game, it allows us to see where they are in terms of short-term, can they make an impact in the first team or are they a longer term project."
Its crazy. Ive watched all the games at Wembley, especially cup finals, always thinking, Just one day - when can it come? To have that opportunity right now is a blessing for me. Im really excited."
As I said previously, not just Newcastle, I dont think any U21 side is an ideal draw for a senior team. Theres a different dynamic when you have a derby match and its one first team and one U21s."

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"It would be unbelievable, home or away. I'd prefer it to be at home but the atmosphere would be unbelievable and it would be a great experience."
"The previous two managers I've been under didn't really want to progress, they wanted to concentrate more on the league because they knew how intense the schedules could be, I think it would be good for the club to win a trophy.
It gave an opportunity to those who havent played much. It was a good atmosphere, obviously a small crowd and for games like these you dont expect a big crowd, but the fans were brilliant as they always are."
"We have practiced penalties since pre-season, recording every single one, so the squad all have their own bit of paper and know what their best penalty is.
"Were in this competition and we want to win every game, so of course we want to win this competition as well.
"Elias Sorensen got a chance in first-team training and Sean (Longstaff) has had a chance to impress too. It will only help us to improve as players and hopefully we get a chance in bigger first team games eventually and we take it.