LiveSunderland AFC news RECAP: Play-off ticket details announced plus Cats take West Brom winger on trial
Sunderland are preparing for their two-leg play-offs against Lincoln next week – with fans set to return to the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats will welcome up to 10,000 fans for the home leg of the tie which will be played on Saturday, May 22.
On the injury front, striker Ross Stewart is a doubt for the play-offs, yet Sunderland boss Lee Johnson hopes the forward can play a part.
Here’s the latest news, transfer talk and more from the Stadium of Light.
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RECAP: Sunderland AFC transfer news (11 May)
Last updated: Tuesday, 11 May, 2021, 19:32
- Sunderland will face Lincoln City in the League One play-offs.
- The Black Cats are set to announce ticketing details today ahead of the home leg on May 22.
- Striker Ross Stewart is a doubt for the game with a hamstring injury but could still play a part.
- Sunderland and Lincoln have announced ticket details as they prepare to welcome fans back for the play-off semi-final.
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Lincoln announce ticket details for first leg
Lincoln have also announced that 3,145 home fans will be able to attend the first leg of their play-off meeting with Sunderland at the LNER Stadium.
The first leg will take place on Wednesday 19th May 2021 (6pm KO) and a ticketing ballot is available for 2020/21 season ticket holders.
Play-off information confirmed
Sunderland AFC have confirmed plans to welcome up to 10,000 fans back to the Stadium of Light for the play-off semi-final with Lincoln City.
Having received approval from all necessary bodies, the club are now preparing to welcome back supporters for the first time since March 2020.
Tickets will be sold in phases, with the first seats available to be snapped up from 10am on Wednesday, May 12.
2020/21 season ticket holders will have first priority on tickets and will be able to purchase their seats up until 4pm on Thursday, May 13.
The EFL say they will ‘press for a decision as soon as reasonably possible’ as Derby County brace themselves for sanctions.
The league brought two charges against the Rams last year, claiming that the club had breached financial fair play rules – but an independent disciplinary commission cleared the club, meaning they avoided a serious sanction.
However, an appeal has now been settled in favour of the EFL, with Derby set to be handed sanctions as a result.
Potential sanctions could range from a fine to a points deduction and it remains to be seen what level of punishment will be handed to the club, and whether a potential points deduction would be applied to the most recent season or carried into the 2021/22 season.
Were Derby to be deducted even three points from their 2020/21 final tally, then it could see the side drop into League One – with Wycombe Wanderers then spared.
EFL issue key update
The EFL have confirmed that the green light has been given for fans to return to stadiums for the League One play-offs.
After the government announced that they would proceed to the next step of the roadmap out of lockdown on May 17, clubs can now prepare to welcome back supporters.
For Sunderland supporters, it will mean they can return to the Stadium of Light for the first time since March 2020 – albeit in limited numbers. Around 10,000 supporters are expected to be allowed to attend the second leg tie against Lincoln City on Saturday, May 22.
In a statement, the EFL said: “EFL Clubs will now determine with the relevant local Safety Advisory Groups the exact number of supporters that will be able to attend each fixture in line with national guidelines. Announcements on ticketing will be made by individual Clubs in due course.”
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Carl Winchester has been speaking ahead of the play-offs...
Sunderland’s best is yet to come as they prepare for the League One play-offs.
That’s the verdict of midfielder Carl Winchester, who believes that the ‘frightening’ talent at the Stadium of Light will stand the side in good stead ahead of the end of season shootout.
Sunderland have won just one of their last nine games in League One but managed to seal fourth place, teeing up a semi-final tie with Lincoln City.
And while a final day draw with already-relegated Northampton Town was an underwhelming end to the regular season, Winchester is confident that the Black Cats can move up through the gears as they head into the play-offs.
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Zimbabwean full-back Ethan Kachosa has reportedly signed a professional deal with Sunderland.
Kachosa, who was most recently on the books of Premier League side Leeds United, played for the Black Cats’ under-18 side in their win over Everton last weekend - grabbing a goal and assist in the clash.
And reports in his homeland suggest that the 18-year-old has now agreed a deal on Wearside.
Cats take West Brom winger on trial
Flanagan and Vokins step up recovery
Sunderland’s under-23 side have secured a place in the Premier League 2 play-offs after a 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
The club’s fifth-placed finish tops off a remarkable turnaround after they finished the 2019/20 campaign with just a single point to their name following the season being curtailed.
While the game was already a crucial one for the Black Cats, so too did it offer the chance for some first-team players to gain some vital minutes.
Tom Flanagan and Jake Vokins were both involved for Sunderland’s second string as they stepped-up their injury returns ahead of the play-offs. For Flanagan it was a first appearance since the Papa John’s Trophy final, while Vokins was making his third straight appearance for Elliott Dickman’s side.
Josh Hawkes scored the equaliser for the Black Cats five minutes from time.
Ross Stewart is a doubt for Sunderland’s play-off semi final first leg with a hamstring injury.
Stewart had scored his second goal for the Black Cats at Home Park last weekend, and delivered his best performance yet as a Sunderland player in the 3-1 win.
It has therefore come as a significant setback for the Scot that he has suffered a grade two hamstring tear.
Head coach Lee Johnson is encouraged by the 24-year-old’s recovery to date, and has therefore not yet ruled him out of the game at Sincil Bank.
Sunderland are set to announce ticket details for the play-off semi-final against Lincoln today after meeting with the local safety advisory group.
The government roadmap out of lockdown states that crowds of up to 10,000 or 25 per cent of a stadium’s capacity (whichever is lowest) can be accommodated from May 17.
That means that up to 10,000 Sunderland fans could be present for the home leg of the semi-final. It remains to be seen whether away fans will be permitted to attend, with the Premier League having denied travelling fans permission to attend their final fixtures.
The second leg against Lincoln will take place at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, May 22 (3pm kick-off).
Sunderland are preparing for their two-leg play-off semi-final matches against Lincoln, and we’ll have all the build-up to next week’s matches.
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