Tranmere Rovers will play Sunderland in the Papa John’s Trophy Final at Wembley, following Lee Johnson’s side’s penalty shootout victory over Lincoln City last night.
The all-League One clash ended 1-1 after normal-time. Charlie Wyke levelled for Sunderland with 15 minutes of normal-time remaining, before they eventually won the shootout 5-3.
This follows Rovers’ impressive 2-0 away win against League One promotion chasers, Oxford United. Goals from Kaiyne Woolery and Keiron Morris sealed the victory for Keith Hill’s side.
The victory means Tranmere will return to Wembley for the third time in four years.
This will be their first EFL Trophy final for the first time since 1990, when they won the competition under a different name.
Manager Keith Hill, speaking after the game, was delighted with his side reaching the final, and the calibre of opponents they have beaten to get there.
“I’m really pleased that the competition is still alive, it’s a major trophy for League One and League Two sides. To get to Wembley, in the early stages of the competition, it’s a distant dream, but we’ve done it.”
“Some of the victories we’ve had to get to Wembley. Manchester City, Peterborough, Leicester, now Oxford, who are an excellent, very attractive proposition to get promotion from League One.”
You can watch Keith Hill’s post match interview vs Oxford United following the link below!
The final will take place on March 14th behind closed doors
Photo from Tranmere vs Bristol Rovers in the 1990 Football League Trophy final courtesy of Rick Weston/Creative Commons