Exactly what happened as Oldham Athletic defeat Sunderland to knock holders out of Papa John's Trophy

It is match day once again as Sunderland take on Oldham Athletic in the second round of the Papa John’s Trophy at the Stadium of Light this evening.

Wednesday, 1st December 2021, 9:07 pm

The Wearsiders defeated the League Two outfit last season en route to winning the competition at Wembley Stadium against Tranmere Rovers.

Sunderland topped their group and therefore have the advantage of playing at home this evening with kick-off scheduled for 7pm.

Here, we’ll have all of the pre-match build-up plus updates from all the action as Sunderland take on Oldham Athletic:

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Sunderland vs Oldham Athletic RECAP: Updates as Black Cats return in Papa John’s Trophy

Last updated: Wednesday, 01 December, 2021, 19:15

  • Sunderland are in action against Oldham Athletic in the second round of the Papa John’s Trophy
  • The Wrearsiders won the competition last season and are now looking to defend it
  • Lee Johnson has several injuries coming into the game

The latest chatter from around the web

Lee Johnson provides Luke O’Nien injury update

Sunderland head coach Lee Johnson has provided an update on the injured Luke O’Nien.

The 27-year-old has been suffering from a shoulder injury that will now require surgery.

Johnson said: “Luke will, we think, have an operation a week today.

“We’re hoping it’s going to be the best scenario, since I spoke on Saturday we’ve had a report back on the x-ray which suggests it should be closer to the three months than the nine, which is really good news [if that proves to be the case].”

Hartlepool United confirm new manager

Hartlepool United have appointed ex-Middlesbrough coach Graeme Lee as their new manager.

Lee replaces Dave Challinor after the promotion-winning manager departed for National League club Stockport.

The new appointment will be joined by another ex-Pools player in the dugout as Michael Nelson joins as his assistant.

And Pools made it a triple signing with former Middlesbrough man Lee Turnbull arriving in a consulting capacity to lead the club’s scouting and recruitment process.

Lee spent eight years at Pools between 1995 and 2003.

He also made 200 appearances before spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers and Bradford City.

Everything you need to know ahead of the clash

What TV channel is Sunderland vs Oldham Athletic on?

The clash between Sunderland and Oldham won’t be shown on any television channels.

Can I stream Sunderland vs Oldham Athletic online?

Sunderland’s clash with Oldham will be streamed by the club in the United Kingdom.

The EFL have confirmed that they will return to their pre-COVID-19 position on streaming games this season.

That means Sunderland fans in the UK will not be able to stream games that take place between 2:45 and 5:15 on a Saturday afternoon.

Only fans overseas will be able to stream those games, provided that they have not been selected for international television broadcast in a territory that has an overseas broadcast partner.

However, the EFL have also confirmed that clubs will be able to offer a streaming service to UK supporters for any games that take place outside of that Saturday window.

That means that all midweek games not selected for TV can be streamed, as well as matches moved from their Saturday slot for non-TV purposes.

Games that take place on a bank holiday can be streamed, and all Papa John’s Trophy games up until the semi-final can be streamed.

Are there any other ways I can follow Sunderland vs Oldham Athletic?

BBC Radio Newcastle will provide full match commentary.

Nick Barnes and Gary Bennett will be available on the following frequencies: 95.4FM, 96FM, 103.7FM, 104.4FM and 1458AM.

The Sunderland Echo will also have full coverage on our website with Phil Smith and James Copley at the ground.

Are there any tickets available for Sunderland vs Oldham Athletic?

There are still tickets for the game between Oldham and Sunderland currently available on safc.com

For the remainder of the 2021-22 season, the Stadium of Light ticket office and store will be open on home matchdays and the day before home matchdays.

Is there any team news ahead of Sunderland vs Oldham Athletic?

Dennis Cirkin is to missing until the new year due to a hernia problem with Luke O’Nien and Aiden McGeady both suffering from long-term injuries

Niall Huggins and Denver Hume have also been ruled out until 2022.

Corry Evans suffered a thigh injury in the warm-up ahead of the club’s clash with Cambridge United on Saturday.

Speaking to The Echo about the midfielder, Johnson said: “He just felt his thigh [in the warm-up].

“Even more credit to the lads. Gooch came in at right wing-back and was outstanding, absolutely outstanding.

“We’re going down like flies and it’s tough to take, because we’ve got a lot of tough games.”

What are the odds for Sunderland vs Oldham Athletic?

Odds provided by Oddspedia:

Sunderland win – 17/2

Draw – 22/5

Oldham Athletic win – 87/10

All odds correct at the time of writing. Over 18s only. Please gamble responsibly and Be Gamble Aware. www.begambleaware.org.

What are the new substitute rules for the Papa John’s Trophy?

Papa John’s Trophy substitutions explained:

Clubs will be able to make 5 substitutes from 7 nominated;

Clubs will have 3 opportunities during open play to make substitutions (not including half-time);

Multiple substitutions can be made during one opportunity;

For the Final an additional opportunity will be afforded during open play in extra time (not including 90 mins and half-time in extra-time);

Unspent substitutions can be carried over in extra time; and provision of concussion substitutes sits outside this process and can be made at any time.

How much money can you earn from the Papa John’s Trophy?

Each EFL club will receive a participation fee of £20,000 for playing in the Papa John’s Trophy in addition to any prize money won throughout the competition.

The Black Cats have also scooped £10,000 for each win so far meaning the Wearsiders will pocket £20,000 after their wins over Lincoln City and Manchester United U21s.

And Sunderland drew their final group game in normal time with Bradford City meaning each team bagged £5,000.

So thus far, Sunderland have won £45,000 from the Papa John’s Trophy.

How much could Sunderland make if they once again go deep into the Papa John’s Trophy?

Full breakdown of prizemoney for the Papa John’s Trophy is as follows (via the EFL):

Group Stage - £10,000 for a win, £5,000 for a draw

Round Two - £20,000 for a win

Round Three - £40,000 for a win

Quarter Final - £50,000 for a win

Runner-up - £50,000

Winner - £100,000

Predicted Sunderland team to face Oldham Athletic tonight

Patterson; Alves, Younger, Flanagan; Gooch, Neil, Sohna, Dunne; Embleton; O’Brien, Broadhead

Details of the draw should Sunderland win tonight

The draw, which will be carried out at the Coventry Building Society Arena, will get underway at full time following Coventry City’s Championship clash with West Bromwich Albion (KO 12.30pm).

Sunderland face Oldham at home tonight with the winner progressing into the draw, Lee Johnson’s men will be hoping to continue an uplift in form which has seen them win two out of their last three games, although that does include the struggling draw against 10-man Shrewsbury Town.

Despite last year’s Wembley success, an injury crisis coupled with a desire for a stronger promotion push this year may see Johnson opt for a rotated side against his former team.

Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips will be joined by former Coventry City striker Jay Bothroyd to carry out the draw.

Phillips is well known for his exploits with the Black Cats and the Baggies, while Bothroyd found the net over 150 times in his 20-year career.

The draw remains split into Northern and Southern sections with 16 clubs involved, although Tranmere Rovers, Harrogate Town, Exeter City and Portsmouth will all be in the draw due to their Round of 32 ties having not been played.

The draw for the next round will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event as well as Sky Sports Football.

The Round of 16 will be played in the week commencing January 3.

Should Sunderland overcome Oldham Athletic tonight, they will earn a place in the Papa John’s Trophy Round of 16 draw on Saturday December 4.

just over an hour until kick-off

How the opposition line-up

Sunderland get the game underway

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