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Sunderland v Wycombe: League One playoff final – live!


57 min: Looking at replays of that Ross Stewart headed miss and … well, the Sunderland striker really should have scored. Sunderland are preparing a substitution of their own, with Jack Clarke readying himself to come on.

56 min: Wycombe had had 60% of the possession in the opening 10 minutes of this second half.

56 min: Wycombe substitution: Daryl Horgan makes way for Lewis Wing and looks most unhappy about it as he makes his way to the bench.

54 min: Embleton misplaces a pass to Ross Stewart as Sunderland advance and a promising attack breaks down just outside the Wycombe penalty area.

53 min: Garath McCleary gets a ticking-off for a foul on Pritchard that leaves the Sunderland man flat on his back, grimacing with pain.

52 min: CHANCE!!! Ross Stewart misses a wonderful opportunity to double Sunderland’s lead, leaping to meet an excellent Pritchard cross from the left at the far post and directing his downward header across the face of goal and inches wide of the far post.

50 min: Wycombe are really bossing the early stages of this second half and Sunderland’s players currently look a pale imitation of their first half selves.

48 min: Joe Jacobson’s delivery into the Sunderland penalty area is cleared again.

47 min: Cirkin concedes another free-kick with a foul on McCleary, giving Wycombe another opportunity to get the ball into their box. Wycombe’s players appeal to referee Simon Hooper to book Cirkin but the yellow card stays in his pocket. I hadn’t noticed that Cirkin was booked for his first foul a few moments ago so could have got his marching orders. It would have been extremely harsh as it wasn’t a bookable offence.

46 min: Sunderland left-back Dennis Cirkin gives away a free-kick wide on the right. Patrick Roberts hacks the delivery clear.

Second half: Sunderland 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

46 min: Sunderland kick off with no changes in personnel on either side that I am aware of.

Live football in Tel Aviv: I am told by a couple of readers that Mike’s Place on the Waterfront seems to be the best place to watch football and I think Kat has already found her way there and made friends with the only other Sunderland supporter present. Thanks all.

A pessimistic Mackem tweets. And it’s none other than the Guardian’s own Jonathan Wilson.

Eighth time I’ve seen us take the lead at Wembley. Wins to date: one.

— Jonathan Wilson (@jonawils) May 21, 2022

It’s been an exciting encounter: Sunderland have been the better side and deserve their lead against a game Wycombe team that have played reasonably well but created little in the way of chances.

They have, however, stepped things up a gear in the past 10 minutes and might have equalised if Sam Vokes had got a kinder bounce of the ball in the wake of some uncharacteristically kamikaze Sunderland defending shortly before the break. One suspects this playoff final has plenty of twists and turns left.

Half-time: Sunderland 1-0 Wycombe Wanderers

Peep! Simon Hooper blows for the break and Sunderland’s players adjourn to their dressing-room with a one-goal lead courtesy of Elliot Embleton’s opportunistic strike.

45 min: Joe Jacobson sends a free-kick from deep into the Sunderland penalty area and his delivery is brilliant. With Sunderland’s players running back towards their own goal. Wycombe central defender Anthony Stewart is unable to get a clean header on the ball at the far post and scuffs his header wide under pressure.

42 min: There’s an awful mix-up in the heart of Sunderland’s defence as Wright and Batth go for the same high ball and clatter into each other. Sam Vokes tries to capitalise and stretches for the breaking ball but Bailey Wright intervenes and clears. Vokes went to ground but I don’t think there was any foul.

40 min: Wycombe advance and once again Garath McCleary is at the heart of matters for them out on the right wing. Play is switched to the left, Daryl Horgan is dispossessed by the byline and Sunderland go forward again.

Jordan Obita of Wycombe on the move.
Jordan Obita of Wycombe on the move. Photograph: Steven Paston/PA

36 min: There’s a huge appeal for a Sunderland penalty after Patrick Roberts looks to have been brought down by Joe Jacobson as he tried to latch on to a Ross Stewart backheel that would have left him clear through on goal with only Stockdale to beat from 10 yards or fewer. Offside and the decision is correct but it was a very neat bit of play from Sunderland.

34 min: Sunderland corner. Alex Pritchard sends the ball into the Wycombe penalty area and his outswinger is headed back across the face of goal by Wright. Danny Batth leans back, cranes his neck and sends a header high and wide.

32 min: Sunderland central defender Bailey Wright becomes the filling in an Anthony Patterson and Sam Vokes sandwich as his goalkeeper comes to claim a cross and clatters into him. He goes down hurt but looks OK to carry on.

31 min: Good from Wycombe. Sam Vokes outjumps the significantly smaller Lynden Gooch at the far post to get on the end of a cross from the right but mistimes his leap and is unable to steer his header goalwards. High and wide but it was a decent chance.

30 min: McCleary and Dominic Gape link up for Wycombe down the inside right but are unable to create an opening in the face of some stout Sunderland defending.

28 min: Under pressure from Josh Scowen, Pritchard is unable to keep the ball in play near the halfway line down by the technical areas. Throw-in for Wycombe.

27 min: Sunderland striker Ross Stewart tries to curl a shot around Stockdale and inside the far post. The goalkeeper palms it away in the direction of Patrick Roberts but Sunderland fail to capitalise.

26 min: Daryl Horgan picks out Wycombe winger Garath McCleary on the right flank with a ball from deep. His cross sails well wide to cheers of derision from the Sunderland fans.

24 min: Sunderland continue to dominate possession, repeatedly spraying the ball left and right from central midfield, where surprise call-up Embleton and Luke O’Nien are playing extremely well.

22 min: Alex Pritchard tries a shot from outside the Wycombe penalty area but shoots straight at Stockdale, who gets his body behind this effort.

21 min: Wycombe attack again. McCleary tries to pick out Sam Vokes with a cross into the penalty area but the Welshman is penalised for – I think – offside.

19 min: Embleton charges forward again and picks out Patrick Roberts on the right wing. Wycombe put a stop to his gallop and clear the ball upfield.

17 min: Sunderland continue their strong start but Wycombe get the ball wide to Garath McCleary. He links up with Daryl Horgan, who finds Wycombe right-back Jason McCarthy with a ball around the corner. McCarthy’s whipped cross is collected by Anthony Patterson at the near post.





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