Charlton Athletic v Sunderland: League One play-off final – live!

26 May 2019 01:38
Updates from the 3pm BST kick-off at WembleyInterview: Lee Cattermole on his injury fightAnd why not email Rob with your thoughts 2.32pm BST ‘Remember when’ is the lowest form of conversation’, unless you love sport 2.29pm BST An email! “Emotional day,” says Martin Maloney, and the match hasn’t even started yet. “I’m a Northampton Town man through thick and thin, mainly thin. My other half Jenny is a Mackem, but being of the less confident type, she’d never been to see them. She’s come to a couple of Cobblers games this year and then went to watch them at Cov on her own. I would normally play baseball for Northants today, but couldn’t miss this with her. Luckily we could rearrange the game as both teams were short. Loved every minute of the day so far come on the Mackems.” 2.14pm BST Pre-match reading Related: Lee Cattermole: ‘There were two years when I shouldn’t have been on the pitch’ 2.01pm BST Darren Pratley replaces the talented teenager Albie Morgan in Charlton’s midfield; Morgan isn’t even on the bench. Sunderland are unchanged from the team that drew 0-0 at Portsmouth in the semi-final second leg, but they do have Aiden McGeady back on the bench.Charlton Athletic (3-4-1-2) Phillips; Bielik, Bauer, Sarr; Dijksteel, Cullen, Pratley, Purrington; Aribo; Taylor, Parker.Substitutes: Maxwell, Solly, Pearce, Lapslie, Forster-Caskey, Reeves, Williams. 1.26pm BST Hello and welcome to live coverage of the League One play-off final between Charlton and Sunderland. All play-off finals are huge – like, duh – yet this feels even bigger than normal. That’s mainly down to the size of both clubs, Sunderland in particular, but also because of that astounding final 21 years ago. Indeed, Charlton and Sunderland will become the first teams to meet in the play-off final of two different divisions.Since you asked, I’ve no idea who’s going to win. You’re welcome! Charlton were in brilliant form at the back end of the league season, but then staggered past Doncaster in a nerve-mangling semi-final. Sunderland finished the regular season poorly but had a good win over Portsmouth in the semis. They’ve been to Wembley already this season, when they lost to Portsmouth on penalties in the Football League trophy final. They have some big names, including Lee Cattermole and perhaps Aiden McGeady, who has travelled with the squad and could return from injury. Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian