Time to produce: Honeyman geared up for Play-Off Final

Sunderland go to Wembley this weekend with the chance to put the cherry on the top of their season, says George Honeyman.

The Black Cats booked their place in the EFL Play-Off Final last week where they will take on Charlton Athletic at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, kick-off 3pm. 

Having already suffered Wembley heartache earlier this season when they lost to Portsmouth in the Checkatrade Trophy Final in March, Honeyman believes the squad is well placed to deal with the size of the game as Sunderland look to secure an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

The 24-year-old has also paid tribute to the reaction of his team-mates in the two-leg Play-Off Final against Portsmouth after a disappointing end to the season which saw the Lads claim just one win in seven. 

“To think we have a one-off game to get promotion, we would have snapped your hand off for it in pre-season,” he said.

“From back-to-back relegations and finishing bottom of the table - I know that was the Premier League and Championship, but it was a negative, losing culture.

“As a football club, we have to be realistic, and for it to have turned like this in ten months and to have one-off shot to win promotion is fantastic. Two trips to Wembley? Everyone at the club has to be so proud.

“We only lost five (league) games all season, and two of them were the last couple when we knew our fate anyway.

“They were tough games to play in against teams that were fighting for everything, when we realistically had nothing to fight for.

“I'm always very confident in us as a squad that when we know our fate and we know who we're playing and what the fall-out is, that we are going to produce,” he continued. 

“I think we have all season in big games.

“I'm so happy and proud for everyone in the club, and now I just want to finish it off and lift some silverware at the end of what has already been a successful season.”

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