Sutton United are Wembley-bound after the South Londoners booked their place in the Papa Johns Trophy Final 2022!
The U's, debutants to the competition this year after winning promotion to Sky Bet League Two for the first time in the Club's history last season, saw off Wigan Athletic in the Semi-Final to secure passage to the Wembley showpiece.
Yesterday evening's tie was decided on a penalty shoot-out, after the game finished 1-1 following the first 90 minutes. Will Randall gave Sutton the lead in the first-half before James McClean equalised for the hosts at the DW Stadium just before the break.
Stopper Dean Bouzanis scored from the spot and pulled off two saves in the shoot-out as Sutton progressed 7-6 on penalties – first denying Max Power and then making the decisive save to keep out Tendayi Darikwa at sudden death and make history for the EFL newcomers.
Post-match, manager Matt Gray said: "It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I’m delighted for so many people connected to this special Club – none more so than Bruce Elliott, the Chairman. He’s desperate to see, under his leadership, a Sutton United team play at Wembley and we’ve all achieved that together. All the Directors have worked so tirelessly for such a long period of time to get this Football Club where it is today.
"Deano's been superb. He’s a very confident lad and he wants to take a penalty. He’d probably be in the first five if he could, but he stood up there for the seventh and smashed it top corner and then pushed one past the post to see us through to Wembley. He’ll be in Sutton’s history forever more.
"The players were outstanding. We’ll enjoy tonight and the bus ride home. We can’t wait for an unbelievable day out, but we’re certainly going there to win as well."
Meanwhile, Latics boss Leam Richardson added: "Congratulations to Sutton, first and foremost. They’re going well themselves in the League and they’ve come here and progressed through to Wembley, so we’ll certainly wish them well for the rest of the season."