Sunderland clinched promotion to the Championship with a 2-0 win towards Wycombe within the League One play-off last at Wembley on Saturday.
Alex Neil’s facet ended their membership’s dismal document of seven failed play-off campaigns due to objectives from Elliot Embleton and Ross Stewart.
The Black Cats’ promotion justified the choice to sack Lee Johnson in January and change him with former Preston boss Neil.
After 4 years within the third tier wilderness, Sunderland are lastly on the up because the sleeping giants awake from their slumber.
Whereas a return to the Premier League is not going to be simple for Neil’s crew subsequent time period, that would be the aim for a membership with huge potential that final performed within the high flight in 2017.
Over 45,000 Sunderland followers turned Wembley right into a cauldron of noise after the pink and white-clad hordes had taken over London landmark Trafalgar Sq. on the eve of the match.
Wycombe’s quest for an on the spot return to the Championship fell on the last hurdle, that means 40-year-old Adebayo Akinfenwa’s 755th and final look of his profession led to disappointment.
“I’ll be trustworthy with you, the most important stress actually was from myself. The those that personal the membership, that wasn’t what was mentioned, it was simply ‘How will you repair it?’,” Neil stated.
“I fastened the bits we would have liked to repair. I didn’t wish to handle in League One, so I needed to get the membership out of League One to develop into a Championship supervisor once more below plenty of scrutiny.
“Once you’ve acquired a bunch of gamers like that, it’s not an issue.”
Given their wretched historical past within the playoffs, the place that they had misplaced three finals and three semi-finals, Sunderland arrived at Wembley haunted by the ghosts of previous failures.
However they matched Wycombe’s bodily strategy blow for blow and produced the higher attacking play to expire deserved winners.
Sunderland made the breakthrough within the twelfth minute when boyhood fan Embleton justified his recall with a high quality run and swerving shot from 25 yards that eluded a weak tried save from David Stockdale.
The promotion was sealed within the 79th minute when the influential Alex Pritchard picked out Stewart and he drilled a scientific end within the backside nook from the sting of the world.