LiveSunderland AFC transfer news RECAP: Message sent over Rangers winger Jordan Jones as Portsmouth win boosts promotion hopes
Sunderland saw their promotion hopes boosted by a big win at Portsmouth last night – as they ended a Fratton Park hoodoo spanning over 20 years.
It was 1997 when the Black Cats last won at Pompey, but they put an end to that particular record as Charlie Wyke and Jordan Jones sealed a 2-0 win.
And with that game out the way, focus now turns to this weekend’s Papa John’s Trophy final against Tranmere at Wembley.
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RECAP: Sunderland AFC transfer news (10 March)
Last updated: Wednesday, 10 March, 2021, 17:16
- Sunderland won at Portsmouth yesterday evening to extend their unbeaten run
- Charlie Wyke and Jordan Jones scored in a 2-0 win
- The Black Cats now turn their focus to Wembley - and the Papa John’s Trophy final with Tranmere Rovers
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Tranmere in fine form
Tranmere Rovers boss Keith Hill is looking forward to a ‘special weekend’ at Wembley – after the League Two side warmed-up for their clash with Sunderland with victory at Southend.
Goals from Paul Lewis and George Ray handed Tranmere victory against the struggling Shrimpers on Tuesday evening as they continue their fine form of late.
The Prenton Park outfit have lost just one of their last six games in League Two, with that sole defeat coming last Saturday against Crawley Town.
And Hill was delighted with how his side bounced back ahead of the Papa John’s Trophy final – particularly given the likes of the experienced David Nugent were rested for the game.
Sunderland looking to take former Manchester United midfielder on trial
Sunderland are looking to take Gateshead youngster Danny Greenfield on a two-week trial.
The former Manchester United academy midfielder has been one of the highlights of the Heed’s disjointed National League North campaign and has attracted scouts from several EFL clubs during the season.
The Sunderland branch of Papa John’s has a new name – and it’s all in honour of Sunderland’s trip to Wembley.
ee Johnson will lead his side out at the national stadium in the final of the Papa John’s Trophy on Sunday, March 14 as the Black Cats eye a first win at the national stadium since the famous FA Cup triumph of 1973.
It’s the third time in three years that the Wearsiders have reached Wembley, and fans are hoping for a happy outcome this weekend.
And ahead of the final, the tournament title sponsors have re-named their Sunderland store in honour of the head coach in order to build anticipation ahead of the big day.
Last night’s verdict is in
Read what our SAFC writer Phil Smith made of last night’s big win HERE
This is brilliant from Sunderland!
A heart-warming story ahead of Sunday’s final...
Super Kev has spoken!
Here’s what the Sunderland legend made of last night’s win, the club’s promotion hopes and new head coach Lee Johnson...
Kevin Phillips offers his verdict on Sunderland's promotion hopes, Lee Johnson and the win over Portsmouth
Kevin Phillips says that Sunderland look ‘very strong’ – as the side target a return to the Championship.
Sunderland will be in red and white this weekend!
As it should be!
Kenny Jackett has been discussing the game
Here’s the verdict of the Portsmouth boss...
After the goals, we couldn’t find necessarily the strikes.
There is some moments in terms of the referee which the players are disappointed with. We have to take our own responsibility because a lot of our process between both boxes was pretty good tonight.
The key moments, the moments in either box, the moments that count and the ones that generally we are pretty good at, we didn’t get those right tonight and if you don’t do that, generally, you won’t win.
Some positive news on the injury front!
Lee Johnson is set to welcome a host of key players back to training today - ahead of the Papa John’s Trophy final on Sunday.
The Black Cats have been deprived of some options, most notably at the back, in recent weeks.
But five players are set to train on Wednesday ahead of the final.
And Lee Johnson is hopeful that the knock sustained by Aiden O’Brien at Portsmouth on Tuesday isn’t too serious.
A clear message for Sunderland fans
After his display last night, fans have sent a clear message over Jordan Jones - sign him up!
Sunderland fans are all saying the same thing about Rangers loanee Jordan Jones after 'brilliant' Portsmouth display
Sunderland fans are all saying the same thing about Jordan Jones after his performance at Portsmouth – sign him up!
A double injury boost ahead of Wembley!
While the big story last night was in the result, the return of two key men was equally pleasing.
Tom Flanagan and Lynden Gooch were both introduced as substitutes as they step-up their returns from injury - and their returns are timely with Wembley on the horizon!
Conor McLaughlin could also be back in time for the final, while Bailey Wright will also be assessed before the clash with Tranmere.
The likes of Denver Hume, Ross Stewart and Benji Kimpioka are expected to miss out.
Here’s how the players performed last night...
There were some high marks dished out by Phil Smith after that stunning win!
Sunderland claimed a big win at Portsmouth – but who caught the eye at Fratton Park?
And we bet it is indeed a good morning after last night!
What a win it was for Sunderland at Portsmouth and what a run the side are on at the moment.
We’ll have all the fallout from that win here throughout the day plus a look ahead to Wembley - now we can finally get excited about that!
So let’s get cracking...