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Sunderland vow to bounce back stronger after play-off final heartache

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole kneels in dejection after Charlton secure promotion to the Championship Credit: PA Images

Sunderland have thanked their supporters and vowed to bounce back stronger after another trip to Wembley ended in disappointment.

The Black Cats dramatically lost their chance at climbing back into the Championship through a late Charlton winner deep into injury time.

As a result the club will now have another season to play in League 1.

The club's official Twitter account thanked fans for their support and struck an optimistic tone for the future.

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Black Cats boss Jack Ross said the last-gasp nature of the loss made it a particularly difficult one to take.

He said: "To lose the game in that manner after the culmination of a lot of hard work this season, I don't think the group of players deserved to lose the game in that manner and have their season determined in that manner but it's happened.

It's gut-wrenching for them all

– Jack Ross, Sunderland Manager

Club captain George Honeyman said the players were hurting after losing out in the dying seconds of the match.

He said: "It's a pretty low dressing room. We've fell short at the final hurdle which is really, really tough to take."