The result put to bed a 48-year Wembley hoodoo with Lynden Gooch grabbing the all-important winner.
The American was assisted by a superb Aiden McGeady pass with the attacker taking five Tranmere players out of the game with his through ball.
And it was that combination that impressed former Leyton Orient manager and Tottenham Hotspur coach Ross Embleton.
Speaking to The Athletic’s Totally Football League Show, he said: “I think we all remember the Charlton game, don’t we?
“When there’s stats like they [Sunderland] haven’t won there for nearly 50 years, you wonder if they have been playing there every week.
“It makes it sound a lot worse than it probably actually is for them.”
“It was quite an even game but the goal [from Gooch] was fantastic and the pass [from McGeady] to get him in to score was outstanding for the one goal in open play over the weekend.”