JACK ROSS has enjoyed a rollercoaster season at Sunderland but can finish on a high tomorrow.
Ross was recruited from St Mirren to reignite a club that had suffered back-to-back relegations.
He faced a big job and has stopped the rot but a late-season blip saw the Stadium of Light side miss out on automatic promotion from League One.
A whopping 19 draws helped contribute to them finishing fifth – six points off second spot and three adrift of tomorrow's opponents Charlton.
A visit to Wembley also ended in defeat on penalties to Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy Final but revenge was sweet when they battled past Pompey 1-0 in the play-off semis thanks to Chris Maguire's stunner.
The final hurdle are a Charlton side who needed penalties to take care of Doncaster after a dramatic second-leg home tie which they lost 3-2 after extra time.
In regular season Sunderland won 2-1 at home and drew 1-1 so it shows how little there is between the teams.
It's the toughest of the three English play-off finals to call and every chance of a draw after 90 minutes at 9-4 with BetVictor.
Charlton are slight favourites at 17-10 with Sky Bet to win in 90 minutes while Sunderland are 2-1 at bet365.
It may take Sunderland's extra experience, bigger support and greater desire to return to a sleeping giant to the Championship to see them over the line on penalties.
Keeper Jon McLaughlin was brilliant to shut out Portsmouth twice and the Scot could be a hero again.
To go to penalties it's 11-1 with William Hill and to win on spot-kicks both teams are 12-1 with Hill.
The last time the sides met in a play-off final it finished 4-4 after extra time with Charlton winning on pens to move up to the Premier League. How times have changed!
With that game in mind and the fact both meetings this season have seen both score that will be well backed at 20-23 with betfair.
Today it's the League Two play-off final between Tranmere and Newport and it's not an easy call either.
Tranmere finished higher up and were the most impressive semi-final winners so I'm backing them at 4-5 with Skybet to lift the trophy. To win in 90 minutes they are 6-4 at McBookie while Newport are 21-10 with Betfred.
League Two Player of the Year James Norwood could be the difference between the sides. His cracker against Forest Green last week took his tally to 32 and is 17-10 with Paddy Power to net at any time and 4-1 with boylesports to score first.
- Charlton v Sunderland draw
- Sunderland to win on penalties
- Norwood to score