'Portsmouth and Charlton bring baggage': Sunderland fans deliver verdicts on who they want to face in the play-offs

Sunderland are preparing for the League One play-offs – but who do Black Cats supporters want to face in the semi-finals?

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 6:00 pm

Lee Johnson’s side will host Northampton on the final day of the regular season this weekend, and could face either Lincoln, Blackpool, Portsmouth, Oxford or Charlton in the play-offs depending on various results.

The Black Cats ended a seven-match winless run by winning 3-1 at Plymouth last time out, courtesy of goals from Ross Stewart, Chris Maguire and Denver Hume, and will be hoping to gain more momentum before the season-defining fixtures.

We asked Sunderland supporters on our social media platforms who they would prefer to face in the play-offs.

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Here’s how some fans reacted:

Malcolm Hewitt said: Lincoln City, although they are all big, mobile and tough and able to frustrate us on a good day. However, we demolished them at Sincil Bank and that memory should give us a psychological edge. Whoever it is, we’ll need to to organised and totally up for it. Let’s hope for sound refereeing too.

Danny Hogan agreed: Lincoln. They’re even more devastated than us at being in the play-offs now. Blackpool are probably too good over two legs. Pompey & Charlton bring baggage.

Steven Ward replied: Any. It’s a lottery which gives us a chance. If it was on form we would have no chance at all. This time around the lottery scenario suites us.

Brian Long commented: Oxford

John Spalding added: Doesn’t matter who we get, all that matters is that we are winning on aggregate after the two legs and that we win at Wembley

Ian Taggart responded: It’s anybody’s for the taking the play-offs so I’m not bothered

Chris Coggins answered: No one I'd have preferred if they hadn't lost their bottle after Wembley and gone up automatically

Norman Smillie posted: It does not matter. We can beat any one of those that's in the play-offs if we are on form and no injuries. It's the last chance saloon or another season at least in League One. LETS JUST DO IT.

Meanwhile, on Twitter @Bonjour11734478 tweeted: Just not Charlton

@SuperFazza said: Portsmouth...

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