James Vaughan reveals what he wanted to 'put right' against Sunderland at Wembley
Former Sunderland striker James Vaughan says he wanted to ‘put right’ his disappointment of two years ago at Wembley this weekend – before injury struck.
The 32-year-old was set to line-up for Tranmere Rovers in the Papa John’s Trophy final, but has instead been forced to undergo surgery on a troublesome knee injury.
And it means Vaughan will be unable to rectify his last visit to Wembley – where he was an unused substitute as Portsmouth beat Sunderland in the EFL Trophy final.
The striker wasn’t able to make an impact against his former employers on that day and will be forced to watch from the stands again this weekend as Tranmere look to spring a shock.
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Speaking to the EFL Podcast, Vaughan said: “It's an honour to play at Wembley.
“I've done it before and I was at Portsmouth, but I didn't really play and I didn't play in that final - so it would have been a great opportunity for me to put that right this weekend.
“But it wasn't to be so you just have to move on. I'll be there supporting the lads hopefully and I'm sure we'll enjoy the occasion and hopefully get the win”
"For me, the biggest blow is not being able to help the team in the league,” he added.
“The Papa John's is great to play in and to get to the final, but our bread and butter is the league.
“It's very tight at the top and I'm just disappointed I can't help out.”