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Papa John's Trophy: Quarter-Final review

2 February 2021

Just four teams remain in this season’s Papa John’s Trophy, with Sunderland, Oxford united, Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln City just one game away from a Wembley Final.

Here’s a roundup of all the Quarter-Final action as it happened earlier this week…  

MK Dons 0-3 Sunderland AFC

2019 Finalists Sunderland booked their place in the Semi-Finals with an emphatic 3-0 win over League One counterparts MK Dons. Quality in front of goal was the difference as late goals from Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke built on an early-own goal from Dean Lewington, on what was a wet night in Milton Keynes. A solid defensive performance from Luke O’Nien and some important reaction saves from Remi Matthews in the Sunderland goal saw the Black Cats keep a clean sheet and see out the game. 

Oxford United 3-1 AFC Wimbledon

Oxford United look unstoppable in the league at the moment, and Karl Robinson’s side carried their excellent recent league form into the Papa John’s Trophy. Victory over AFC Wimbledon saw the U’s claim a club-record ninth straight victory to reach the final four of the competition, thanks to a Sam Winnall double and a Mide Shadipo long-range effort. Finalists in both 2016 and 2017, the U’s know what it takes to get to the Semi-Finals and beyond, and Karl Robinson will no doubt have one eye on Wembley with his side now being just one game away. 

Tranmere Rovers 2-1 Peterborough United

In-form Tranmere Rovers continue to fly the flag for Sky Bet League Two in the competition this season, with victory over Peterborough United to reach the last four. With Darren Ferguson's men flying high in League One, Keith Hill’s side were underdogs going into the game, but an excellent free-kick from former Posh man Danny Lloyd and a late header from Paul Lewis sent Rovers through to the Semi-Finals. 

Hull City 1-1 Lincoln City 

(Lincoln win 4-3 on penalties)

Arguably the tie of the round as League One’s top two went head-to-head for a place in the Semi-Finals. Winners of the competition in 2018, Lincoln City have eyes on the trophy once more and are just one game away from Wembley Stadium following a penalty shootout victory over League One leaders Hull City. Harry Anderson gave the Imps and early lead, with Greg Docherty levelling with an excellent solo effort on the hour mark. With the game level at full-time, it was down to penalties, and three days after missing two penalties in the league against Doncaster Rovers, Michael Appleton’s side bounced back to win the shootout 4-3, with goalkeeper Alex palmer making three saves. 

Details for the Semi-Final draw will be announced on Thursday. 

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