Sunderland booked their place in the League One play-off final last night with a 0-0 draw at Fratton Park against Portsmouth.
Carrying a 1-0 win into the match from the first leg, via a Chris Maguire volley, Sunderland set them up in a more conservative 4-3-3 system, which effectively helped stifle Pompey.
The hosts made two or three headed chances across the night, but did not manage to get any concerted pressure on the Black Cats goal – and that’s because of their organisation and discipline.
Keeping a clean sheet in both legs of a play-off semi-final is an exceptional achievement and provided the bedrock of Sunderland’s success.
A key part of that success was former Everton defender Bryan Oviedo, who was outstanding at left-back, especially last night, and made an exceptional clearing header midway through the second half.
The Sunderland fans absolutely love him and took to Twitter to hail him after Jack Ross’s side booked their place at Wembley for a second time this season.
We’ve put together the best of the reaction from the Black Cats faithful as they prepare to descend on Trafalgar Squad once more…
We love you Bryan ❤️🔴⚪️
— Jamie Davison 🔴⚪️ (@jamie_davison1) May 16, 2019
I'm happy to be collaborating with you too Bryan.
— Sven (@sven_ftm) May 16, 2019
— Luke (@Winny__94) May 16, 2019
Class again tonight Bryan – see you at Wembley
— Lee Wickham (@LdoubleE_87) May 16, 2019
Played great Bryan!!
— Froomy (@Froomy) May 16, 2019
Would have loved to see that screamer go in..
— john charlton (@johnscon74) May 16, 2019
Cos oviedo, is out of this league, how did we win again he’s playing for Sunderland, and we never will be good enough for you!!! 🔥❤️❤️❤️🔥
— tom bell (@tombomb9751) May 16, 2019
Class over both matches. Proud to have you as one of ours!! 🔴⚪️🔴🔴
— Phil King (@PhilKing1971) May 16, 2019
Top professional, thank you.
— Gerry Hughes (@fbm8665) May 16, 2019
Absolute true professional, great game tonight and always give your all for us ❤
— Paul Scott (@Scotty3466) May 16, 2019
Class performance Bryan lad and a top bloke hawayyyy son!
— NF (@NathFryatt) May 17, 2019
Absolutely fantastic on and off the pitch @Bryan_Oviedo one of the shining lights of the last few seasons just gets on with his job as all professionals should#safc #OviedoBaby https://t.co/D4p1wIC2xZ
— nathan rutherford (@nathanr184) May 16, 2019