'This is for the supporters': Sunderland legend Micky Gray delivers verdict on Wembley triumph in the Papa John's Trophy

Sunderland legend Micky Gray says he’s thrilled for the club’s supporters after Lee Johnson’s side lifted the Papa John’s Trophy at Wembley.

Sunday, 14th March 2021, 7:00 pm
Max Power of Sunderland and team mates celebrate with the Papa John's Trophy.

The Black Cats hadn’t won at the national stadium since 1973 but claimed a 1-0 victory over Tranmere courtesy of Lynden Gooch’s second-half finish.

“It’s brilliant and I can just imagine Sunderland supporters around the North East now all celebrating,” said Gray while appearing as a pundit on Sky Sports.

“It’s such a long time for a lot of supporters. It’s probably the first time they’ve seen them win at Wembley, it is for me and it’s a fantastic ocasion.

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“I’m so pleased for Lee Johnson and his players, new ownership now and it’s time to move forward.

“We need to quickly put this one to bed, enjoy it tonight, enjoy this evening but then it’s back to business climbing up that league.

“Full credit to Tranmere, a League Two side, they were first class today and full credit to them.“

Focus must now turn to Sunderland’s league campaign, with the Black Cats two points off the automatic promotion places in League One.

Sunderland players celebrate winning the Papa John's Trophy.

“Momentum is definitely on their side,” added Gray. “Even when they don’t play fantastically well, I don’t think they were brilliant today but they got over the line.

“They look as if they can keep clean sheets now and then you are looking for that one bit of magic which came from Aiden McGeady and Lynden Gooch today.

“That’s what they’ve got, squad rotation, players coming in and out who will be fresh for the remaining games of the season searching for those top top spots in League One.

“As Luke O’Nien said they have to enjoy this tonight. It’s been such a long time since they’ve been to Wembley and picked up the trophy.

“I’m thrilled to pieces for everyone involved at the club. I spent a long time there, lived there until I was 28-years-old, 12 and a half years as a player and absolutely loved it.

“I wasn’t able to do what this bunch of lads have been able to do so it’s a great occasion and this is for the supporters, they’ve been through it.”

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