Trai Hume impressed Sunderland’s fightback to beat Luton 2-1 within the Championship play-off semi-final first leg on Saturday.
Hume’s second-half aim accomplished Sunderland’s revival after Amad Diallo had cancelled out Elijah Adebayo’s early opener on the Stadium of Light.
Tony Mowbray’s aspect stay on the right track for a second successive promotion after going up through the League One play-offs final season.
Sunderland, who final performed within the Premier League in 2017, solely scrambled into the play-offs on the final day of the season once they gained 3-0 at Preston, whereas Millwall misplaced 4-3 to Blackburn.
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Amad Diallo of Sunderland celebrates following the group’s victory. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Third-placed Luton, who completed 11 factors forward of sixth-placed Sunderland, will hope to overturn the slender deficit at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday.
Luton, crushed within the play-off semi-finals by Huddersfield final season, haven’t performed within the prime flight since 1992.
The Hatters have been lucky to flee early on when keeper Ethan Horvath palmed Patrick Roberts’ curling try into the trail of Joe Gelhardt, who was unable to regulate his toes shortly sufficient to transform the rebound.
They took benefit of the escape when Sunderland did not cope with an Eleventh-minute nook.
After Anthony Patterson had blocked Alfie Doughty’s shot, Adebayo pounced on the free ball to fireside dwelling.
But Sunderland have been again in it six minutes earlier than the break when Alex Pritchard rolled a free-kick to Diallo and the on-loan Manchester United midfielder curled an unstoppable shot previous Horvath.
In a tense second half, Sunderland lastly summoned up the standard to take the lead within the 63rd minute.
Hume met Jack Clarke’s cross with a agency header into the underside nook to spark delirious celebrations among the many 46,060 crowd.
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