Grant Leadbitter had admitted that our EFL Trophy win wasn’t the same without the Sunderland fans being able to be there.
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“It’s a massive moment, but I just feel sorry for the fans that couldn’t be here, I really do. The Sunderland fans have had hurt at Wembley for many, many years, so I’m disappointed that they’re not here because it’s not the same. It’ll be massive for them back at home. I’ve been on Facetime with a few friends and family. It’s massive for them – they’re in tears, they want to be here, but we know we’ve got the support. It’s special winning a trophy, but we want more things. We want to keep succeeding.”
“It feels like a new era. The manager has come in and given a freshness to the football club. He’s got ideas, and in the short space of time, he’s shown he cares about players. He cares about young players, old players, a big shout out to the manager really. He’s really brought a freshness to the group, and he cares. We’re not finished here now. We want to succeed again. We want to move on and win promotion as well."