Sunderland to be represented in League One play-off final as Blackpool loanee set to feature against Lincoln City

Unfortunately, Sunderland will once again play their football in League One again next season.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 4:30 pm

Lee Johnson’s men failed to overcome Lincoln City over two legs in the League One play-off semi-final and now face a fourth straight season in the third tier of English football.

But what gossip is there from around the internet following the clash against the Imps?

Following Sunderland’s loss, Black Cats’ youngster Elliot Embleton netted a stunning strike in the second leg of Blackpool’s play-off semi-final against Oxford United.

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BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Blackpool players Elliot Embleton (l) and Daniel Ballard celebrate after the Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 2nd Leg match between Blackpool and Oxford United at Bloomfield Road on May 21, 2021 in Blackpool, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into the stadium as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK following the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - MAY 21: Blackpool players Elliot Embleton (l) and Daniel Ballard celebrate after the Sky Bet League One Play-off Semi Final 2nd Leg match between Blackpool and Oxford United at Bloomfield Road on May 21, 2021 in Blackpool, England. A limited number of fans will be allowed into the stadium as Coronavirus restrictions begin to ease in the UK following the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Embleton has caught the eye since joining the Seasiders on loan during the winter transfer window and will return to the Stadium of Light in the summer – having seen his contract extended until the summer of 2022.

But in the short-term, the 22-year-old could help Blackpool to promotion to the Championship.

Having beaten Oxford United 3-0 in the first leg of their play-off semi-final clash, Neil Critchley’s side were in pole position ahead of the return fixture at Bloomfield Road.

Indeed, Embleton will be available for selection for the showcase final at Wembley Stadium later this month.

If Sunderland had progressed, the Englishman would have had to sit the tie out with the rules preventing him from playing against his parent club.

“It is a fantastic effort because the players have been through so much this season,” Critchley said post-Oxford United second leg. “We have changed pretty much the whole squad and it took us time to develop that understanding of how we want to play.”

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