NOW FOR ACCY



Luke O'Nien is still buzzing from Sunday’s Wembley win, but is keen to move on to the job at hand (promotion) and our visit to Accrington tonight.


GREAT WEEKEND

"It was pretty amazing. I'm just letting it all sink in - to finally win at Wembley, it's been a long wait and I think everyone was aware of the history. So to finally get the win, to lift some silverware, it was a special day for many people who have worked very hard to get there. I'll just remember Goochy sticking the ball in the net. What a great goal it was, he's a hero. That final whistle going and seeing the joy on everyone's faces, it was special. Then everyone was picking up the trophy, taking photos, Facetiming family, because there were a lot of people on and off the pitch who had put in a lot of work so this was a rewarding moment. Then going home to my little girl and and putting the medal round her neck... it was just an incredible day. It'll live long in the memory. It's still sinking in now but we enjoyed it, and now our focus is on the league. We are into just the usual week now. We are doing our homework on the opposition and training. What has happened was great but it is in the past now. The memories are great but we have to look to the future, because there are a lot of games coming up and now we have to focus on those.”


ACCY

"We had a good training session yesterday and everyone is looking forward to the Accy game. There have been a lot of strong performances going into this game, and we have to continue producing those and pick up some points. We are all enjoying the regular games. It's different stadiums, different pitches, different personnel, but it's our job to adapt to the situation and that's what we will have to do down at Accy. We've built up a bit of momentum but they are good side so we have to keep producing performances, and the points will come."


WEMBLEY HOODOO BURIED

"It's everybody's dream to play at Wembley - it was certainly mine - and when you've done that a couple of times and lost, it becomes your dream to win at Wembley. Having had two defeats at Wembley two years ago, I was desperate to get back there and put right some wrongs and I think a lot of the other lads were as well. When the final whistle went you could see how much it meant to so many people, especially those who played in the two Wembley finals in 2019 but to everybody. It was a very enjoyable weekend."


THAT MOMENT

"Please go in! I think a lot of people were probably the same in their living rooms. I don't know why I did it, I just saw Lynden go through and thought 'please, come on'. I thought that if we could get in front, we could close out the game and stop them from scoring. Lee Burge has been phenomenal behind us and I knew as soon as we scored that we were going to win, so when it hit the back of the net it was just an incredible moment."


THE FANS

"It was still enjoyable seeing everybody's reaction from home, they were celebrating as though they were there, and it was special. The fans bought virtual tickets and raised a lot of money for charity, and that was an incredible thing to do. A lot of Sunderland fans have been to Wembley finals over the years and the club has come out on the wrong side of the result, so for us to lift the trophy made a lot of people very happy."


NEW CONTRACT

"It's something that's out of my control. Contracts are still dealt by the club, so the focus is all about what we can control. My focus is all about just training as hard as I can, giving my all for the club and all the boys, and then come the end of the season we've just got to get that promotion. It's up to the club what they do.”