Lee Johnson reckons that our EFL Trophy win can be the start of a new era of success at Sunderland Football Club…


“I know how much heartache the fans have had over the years, and we’re just so pleased to be able to give them something back for all their efforts and all of their money spent. All the history throughout the families, the ribbing from other clubs, the difficult moments they’ve had, hopefully this is the start of our journey to look up the way.


“We’ve got to keep it going now. This should just be the start, it shouldn’t be the exception to the rule. We’ve got to keep driving forward and keep making good decisions, but what it’s done is it’s just built that little bit of belief. We’ve delivered. I know it’s a trophy that’s probably not the hugest in terms of the major honours, but at the same time, this is what we want. We want to win things, and we’ve done that today. It was difficult to come into this game as the team expected to win, but we handled that and got the job done.”


“There are players in there who have suffered Wembley defeats in the past, and that’s why I’m delighted Gooch scored. It’s great for him, and for people like McGeady, (Grant) Leadbitter and (Max) Power. I’m so pleased and proud of them. They’ve put that ghost to rest that we’ve talked about.


“The goal will be the thing that’s remembered. When we’re looking back at highlights in ten years’ time, it won’t be the sloppy passes that went out of play that are remembered, it’ll be the magic moment when McGeady found Gooch, and Gooch finished with aplomb. We worked on that and thought it might work for us, and obviously that paid off in a difficult game. It was a really difficult game. I thought Tranmere played very well. I thought both teams ended up getting stretched, and we had to cope with that."