Lynden Gooch’s 57th-minute strike was hid fourth goal of the season for Sunderland

Sunderland won at Wembley for the first time in almost 50 years as they beat Tranmere Rovers to claim their first-ever EFL Trophy.

A final of few chances was brought to life by Lynden Gooch’s second-half goal – the USA international finished calmly from 18 yards after Aiden McGeady’s excellent pass put him through.

Conor McLaughlin almost wrapped it up for the Black Cats when his looping header was tipped onto the bar by Scott Davies with 15 minutes left.

The win was Sunderland’s first victory in a final at Wembley since they famously shocked Leeds United 1-0 in the 1973 FA Cup as a Second Division side, while Tranmere lost for the second time in four Wembley appearances since 2017.

Sunderland succeed Salford City as EFL Trophy champions after League Two side won the Covid-19 delayed 2020 final 24 hours earlier when they beat League One Portsmouth on penalties.

A tight first half saw few clear-cut chances for either side – a looping deflection off Sunderland defender Grant Leadbitter was Tranmere’s best chance as goalkeeper Lee Burge scrambled to keep the ball on the safe side of the line after 15 minutes.

The League One Black Cats went close when Charlie Wyke miskicked McGeady’s cross from the left, Chris Maguire had an effort from the edge of the box deflected just wide and Max Power wastefully headed a deep cross into the ground when unmarked at the back post.

League Two Rovers had a great chance to go ahead shortly after the restart when a good spell of possession ended with Otis Khan beating two men in the box before his shot was palmed away by Burge. Moments later Wyke was inches away from getting a toe on to McGeady’s flashed pass across the face of the goal.

It was no surprise McGeady was the man to set up the opening goal and it kick-started Tranmere who brought on former England forward David Nugent and winger Corey Blackett-Taylor to try and get a goal.

As Rovers piled on the pressure, George Ray had a shot blocked while Blackett-Taylor blasted at Burge from a tight angle after a good run into the box when a pass to Nugent might have been the better option as Keith Hill’s side failed to find an equaliser.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Sunderland

Formation 4-2-2-2

6Power3Flanagan13O’Nien25McFadzean

  • 1Burge
  • 6PowerBooked at 90mins
  • 3Flanagan

    Substituted forMcLaughlinat 44’minutes

  • 13O’Nien
  • 25McFadzean
  • 23Leadbitter
  • 14Scowen
  • 7Maguire

    Substituted forDiamondat 63’minutes

  • 28McGeady
  • 11Gooch
  • 9Wyke

Substitutes

  • 2McLaughlin
  • 12Mbunga-Kimpioka
  • 20Matthews
  • 21Diamond
  • 24Neil
  • 31Stewart
  • 35Younger

Tranmere

Formation 4-2-3-1

17Khan26Clarke21Ray18MacDonald

14Woolery7Morris35Lloyd-McGoldrick

  • 1Davies
  • 17Khan
  • 26Clarke
  • 21Ray
  • 18MacDonald
  • 19Feeney
  • 8Spearing
  • 14Woolery
  • 7Morris

    Substituted forBurtonat 90+1’minutes

  • 35Lloyd-McGoldrick

    Substituted forNugentat 65’minutes

  • 22Lewis

    Substituted forBlackett-Taylorat 65’minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Ridehalgh
  • 6Monthe
  • 11Blackett-Taylor
  • 13Murphy
  • 16Kirby
  • 27Burton
  • 28Nugent

Referee:

Charles Breakspear

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