Michael Appleton states Lincoln City will head to the Stadium of Light with “great confident” after being coupled with Sunderland in the semi-finals of the Papa John’s Prize.

The Imps will face Lee Johnson’s Black Cats on February 16 or 17 for the right to face Tranmere Rovers or Appleton’s former club, Oxford United, in the final at Wembley next month.

Sunderland, just after Johnson’s appointment was Phil Parkinson’s successor, caused Lincoln’s heaviest defeat of the season in December when they won 4-0 at the LNER Stadium.

The Imps missed 2 well-defined chances at 0-0 while there were enigma over the award of the penalty for Sunderland’s opening objective.

” If you’re going to have any success in cup competitions, you’re going to need to face these types of challenges,” said Appleton on the draw.

” It’s a tough fixture for us however, despite the outcome at our place, it’s a difficult fixture for them also. They’ll understand what.

” They had a better day at our location than what we would have liked however, if I remember correctly because game, we ought to have been two up before the first objective and there was a bit of a controversial charge for them also.

” We’ll look forward to that one with great self-confidence.”

Information for the last have confirmed.

There was unpredictability over when the final would be staged as last season’s last, in between Portsmouth and Salford City, has still not been played due to the pandemic.

But it has actually now been validated that both finals will take place over the same weekend.

Portsmouth and Salford will deal with each other in the 2020 last on Saturday, March 13 (3pm kick-off), with the 2021 last occurring 24 hr later on.

Both semi-finals and finals will be evaluated live by Sky Sports.