Although the Black Cats failed with their efforts to seal automatic promotion back into the Championship this season, they are still one win away from turning their back on League One football.


Sunderland are set to take on Wycombe in the playoff final at the weekend at Wembley, determined to end a four-season stay in the third tier of English football.



Black Cats star Pritchard believes that if his side approach the final with a clear mind and are able to execute their game-plan while working hard as a unit, they can get a win.


Pritchard stressed that Sunderland need to stamp their authority on the Wembley encounter as they will be locking horns with a team which boast players that have already earned promotion through the playoffs.



“If we can get over the line then we all know what it will mean to the supporters, to the staff, and to the city”, Pritchard told ChronicleLive.


“We just have to go into the final with a clear mind, and if we play our game and work as hard as we know we can as a team and as a unit, I’m pretty sure we can do it.



“We have got one game left and we have given ourselves a great opportunity, but we know what Wycombe are like – they are a good team and they have got players who have done it before, so we have to go there, stamp our authority on the match, play our game, and get the job done.”


Sunderland have a poor record in the playoffs without a win in six attempts across various levels for 35 years, one they will be determined to consign to the past with a win come Saturday.