Victor Anichebe's Instagram message to Sunderland fans following Lincoln City play-off loss
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Lee Johnson’s men failed to overcome Lincoln City over two legs in the play-off semi-final and now face a fourth straight season in the third tier of English football.
Goals from Ross Stewart and Charlie Wyke put the Black Cats 2-0 ahead at the break.
That meant the aggregate score was level at 2-2 but a disappointing second half saw Lincoln City through.
And former Sunderland striker Anchiebe was quick to react to the result on social media – and moved to back head coach Lee Johnson following the fixture in front of 10,000 fans at the Stadium of Light.
Speaking on Instagram, Anichebe said: “Tough to take that! Great first half performance. Next season automatic promotion only. Hopefully the gaffer can get in the players he wants and prepare.”