Sunderland boss give verdict on facing Portsmouth in Checkatrade Trophy final

Sunderland boss Jack Ross is expecting the Checkatrade Trophy final with Pompey to be a special occasion.

Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 9:07 am
Updated Wednesday, 6th March 2019, 10:10 am
Sunderland boss Jack Ross Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

And Ross is anticipating a huge crowd as the two sides battle it out for the silverware on March 31.

The Black Cats were confirmed as Pompey’s opponents last night, following a 2-0 win at Bristol Rovers.

The biggest crowd for the final in its many formats down the years was the 80,841 who turned out at the old Wembley for Wolves 2-0 win over Burnley in 1988.

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Ross can see this year’s event being a match to savour.

He told Sky Sports: ‘We played them at Fratton Park earlier in the season and that was a terrific occasion.

‘It’s two big clubs, a big occasion with a huge crowd - we’re looking forward to it.’