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Lewis previews Sunderland final

12 March 2021

Paul Lewis says that Tranmere Rovers have nothing to lose heading into Sunday’s Papa John’s Trophy Final against Sunderland at Wembley.

Rovers are at the home of English football for a fourth time in as many years, when they contest the Final with Lee Johnson’s Black Cats.

TRFC have already overcome two Sky Bet League One clubs in the form of Peterborough United and Oxford United to make it to Wembley.

And midfielder Lewis believes Rovers must play the game and not the occasion as the club aim to be Wembley winners again. 

He said: “We’re going there with nothing to lose really and we have got to give everything and leave nothing out there, and we’re looking forward to it.

“Not many players get to play at Wembley so for us to get there, it’s a big achievement but we have got a job to do, so it’s about playing the game and not the occasion, and it will be my first time playing there. 

“If the gaffer picks me, I’d be buzzing to get picked, and every player wants to play there, every player wants to play there in their career.

“As the rounds go on, you start to think that there’s a chance we can do something here.

“It’s a learning curve to play different types of teams and different styles of play.

“When we got to the quarter-final against Peterborough, we thought if we could get through that, we’d be in touching distance, then to beat Oxford.”

Lewis shared his disappointment, with the SWA unable to attend due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

Instead, the club’s fanbase have purchased virtual tickets for the final, with funds going to support the work that TRIC have done on the Wirral. 

He added: “It’s a shame and it’s a massive disappointment that the fans won’t be there, and the stadium is not being packed.

"But I'm sure that they will be at home watching, and hopefully we can do them proud."

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