Jack Ross and Aiden McGeady have both been shortlisted, for Manager of the Month and for Player of the Month.
MANAGER OF THE MONTH NOMINEES
Daniel Stendel (Barnsley), Mick Harford (Luton Town), Derek Adams (Plymouth Argyle) and Jack Ross (Sunderland)
PLAYER OF THE MONTH NOMINEES
Adam Davies (Barnsley), Harry Souttar (Fleetwood Town), Simon Cox (Southend United) and Aiden McGeady (Sunderland)
In other news, Lynden Gooch is getting very excited about the Checkatrade Trophy final against Portsmouth. He said: “Coming through the academy and having been at the club for a long time, to lift a trophy at Wembley for the club is something you dream of. To win trophies at Wembley, no matter what level you’re at, is special, so to hopefully be able to do that for Sunderland is amazing. We’re doing really well. We’ve got a cup final to look forward to, and hopefully we can get promoted. I’ve just had my son a month ago, so it’s been an amazing season so far. Hopefully, I can top it off with two trophies. The gaffer said from the start it was a cup competition and we wanted to win every game. It’s important to keep that winning mentality and momentum. We’ve only lost two games in the league all season, so I think that speaks for itself as to how the group’s been. We have that winning mentality, no matter what game it is. Promotion is the priority - we know we need to get back into the Championship - but if you can go and win a trophy at Wembley, then why not? It’s what we dream of, you play for trophies. No matter what level you play at, you want to win trophies, and to play in a final at Wembley for Sunderland is a dream come true.”
Gooch also acknowledged his dip in form over the past two months: “I feel like myself again now after a little dip. Players go through that, and you've just got to keep working hard. I had a little hamstring injury as well, so maybe I just needed that little bit of rest and hopefully now I can kick on for the rest of the season. I feel much sharper, and I’ve done well in the last couple of games I’ve played so hopefully I can get back to that form. It’s the same for the team - you can see the confidence in everyone going forward. We’re a threat, and we created a lot of chances at Bristol in the second half. On another day we could have had three or four. Everyone’s feeling good and confident, and I think you can see that.”