A tense affair at the Stadium of Light ended 1-1, going to penalties. Fortunately, Sunderland didn’t miss any, sending the lads to an empty Wembley Stadium.
Lee Burge (6/10): Rarely challenged in a match where both defences cancelled each other out.
Max Power (6/10): Steady and solid and took his penalty well.
Bailey Wright (7/10): Looked comfortable and commanding in a makeshift defence, helping walk Luke O’Nien through the first half until he came off at half time.
Luke O’Nien (6/10): Held his own in the first half at centre back. Declined when Wright was subbed off, losing all of his composure and defensive awareness.
Callum McFadzean (4/10): Targeted once more out wide, beaten by Lincoln’s overlap time and time again. Didn’t offer enough in attack to outweigh his defensive frailties.
Grant Leadbitter (6/10): Overran in midfield at times, but delighted that he won us the game.
Josh Scowen (6/10): Covered a lot of ground and pressed Lincoln in midfield. Kept things simple in possession and helped us push forward with some tidy dribbling.
Dan Neil (5/10): A passenger at times, but also produced a few impressive moments of quality. Showed great composure under pressure and seems to have some decent technical ability.
Lynden Gooch (6/10): Tried to take the game by the scruff of the neck, showing lots of passion and looking to get forward. Looked frustrated with the officials at times and almost talked himself into a booking.
Charlie Wyke (7/10): Starved of service, but efficient with the few chances he got. Scored a classy header into the corner which he simply wouldn’t have attempted last season.
Aiden McGeady (7/10): Again, Sunderland’s most influential attacker, McGeady had quick feet and looked a level above his teammates. Linked up with Charlie Wyke again for yet another header!
Conor McLaughlin (5/10): Didn’t look confident or physical enough in defence. The half time substitution seemingly changed the flow of the game as we dropped off.
Jack Diamond (5/10): Couldn’t really get into the game and struggled to create anything of note.
Chris Maguire (7/10): One of Maguire’s best games this season, he was always looking to create and caused panic with his crosses into the box.
Aiden O’Brien (N/A): Only had ten minutes or so, but worked hard.