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League One play-off final, score and latest updates



Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of today’s League One play-off final at Wembley, where Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers face off for a place in the Championship.

Sunderland manager Alex Neil insisted his side have treated the build-up to today’s match as “a normal working week”.

Neil revealed in his pre-match press conference that his “relaxed, focused and ready” team are preparing for the final much as they would for any other fixture.

He said: “We don’t change our preparation for the game, it’ll be a normal sort of working week in the terms we look at it.

“In terms of what’s riding on the match, naturally there’s a lot more at stake in terms of how we approach it, how we go about it, but the processes from Monday to the game day will be pretty much the same.”

Sunderland are playing in the League One play-offs for the third time since being relegated from the Championship in 2018.

They have missed out on promotion on both previous occasions, losing the 2019 final 2-1 against Charlton and falling short with defeat to Lincoln in the semi-finals last year.

Sunderland picked up four points against Wycombe in League One this season under Neil’s predecessor Lee Johnson, winning 3-1 in September and drawing 3-3 in January.

Meanwhile, former Wycombe midfielder Sam Saunders has hailed manager Gareth Ainsworth as “fantastic” as the club prepare to face Sunderland today.

Wycombe were relegated from the Championship last season but have a chance to bounce straight back up with a win today.

Saunders played under Ainsworth during two spells at the club – on loan in 2015 before joining permanently between 2017-2019 – and he praised the manager for the work done in nearly a decade in charge at Adams Park.

“Gaz (Ainsworth) every day was positive, good demands, wanted the best for his players, wanted the best for his team and, like I say, good guys and good people to work with.

“You’ll run through a brick wall for Gaz, but you’ll also run through a brick wall for your team-mate who’s right of you and your team-mate who’s left of you because there’s such a tightknit squad, you just don’t want to let anyone down.

“Yes, Gaz has been fantastic but Gaz alone will admit it’s not just him, it’s a whole collective.”

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