LJ POST LINCOLN (CUP)



Lee Johnson was happy to see his side come back from behind to reach a Wembley final and for once we didn’t lose on penalties…


FIGHT

“I’m just really happy for everybody because it gives us a chance to win some silverware. It’s going to be a really tough game, we know that, but we can use it as motivation for the league as well. If you want to play at Wembley, you have to play well in the league – it’s not a charity. We know the last three or four years has been negative [for the club], but hopefully we will have the resurrection and the rise going forward. Getting to a cup final can be a boost, it can make people believe and see that we have a team that will fight, and we have got that. It’s a tough end to the season with the number of games and we will have to be clever with our team selections, but also making sure the boys recover because we want to win them all – and we know we can win any game in this division, I think we’ve proved that.”


BELIEF

“It’s very nice because when you get to a final it builds belief in what you are trying to do, the philosophy, and the players get that reward at the end of it – they get that carrot of a really big occasion. Unfortunately, it will be without fans but we know that we will have the whole of Sunderland and the surrounding areas right behind us. But I feel for them [the fans] and for us, to be honest, because it is nothing without the fans. That’s the frustration. But if we have given everybody a lift today then I’m happy with that, and they can enjoy their day tomorrow knowing that we are going to Wembley.”


TIRED

“I think it was a tired game. I thought it was one where both sides looked like they wanted to win it but looked tired. We know how dangerous Lincoln are both in open play and from the counter attack. I thought first 30 minutes they were probably the better side and it was difficult for us to apply pressure. We managed to tweak it a bit with fifteen to go and I think that helped, getting McGeady on the front foot and our midfielders man for man. Suddenly then we had good territory even if there weren't too many chances. Massive credit has to go to the lads because it's still quite a heavy pitch. After a run of games and a big performance on Saturday, to get through to the final is massive. You know who you're playing, you know there's a place at Wembley on the line.”


TOUGH

“I just thought it was a really tough game and you'd expect that. You've got to win football matches and we've done that today based on good penalty taking and probably the consistency and quality we were able to show in the last fifteen minutes of each half. Grant must have taken about 20 minutes with that penalty! It did no good for my blood pressure but what a great penalty. I'm just really happy for everybody, it's going to be a really tough game but we've given ourselves a chance at winning silverware.”


BAILEY WRIGHT

“Bailey wasn't 100% coming into the game. I think one of the biggest signs of characters was how we managed to get through with square pegs in round holes in a number of places. It did give us the opportunity to recycle and we had confidence on the ball but at times it was obviously unnatural for two or three. Massive credit to the lads at centre-half and Max Power back to right-back as well. With Bailey and Josh Scowen, they felt some muscle tightness. So we had to think of both, both the cup and the league.”