MIKAEL MANDRON netted a stoppage time winner as Sunderland Under-21s made it two out of two after coming from behind to secure a 3-2 victory at Leicester City.
The 18-year-old, who has trained with Sunderland’s first-team throughout pre-season, grabbed a dramatic 91st minute goal, as Kevin Ball’s side built on their opening day success over Bolton with a second successive win.
Mandron was a part of a youthful Sunderland side at the King Power Stadium, while Leicester included first-teamers Anthony Knockaert, Zoumana Bakayogo, Ignasi Miquel and Ben Marshall.
And it was the Foxes who made the early running, with striker Tom Hopper crashing a header against the crossbar.
But against the run of play, the Black Cats took the lead in the 16th minute when Billy Knott smashed home Liam Marrs’ pull-back.
Duncan Watmore saw a shot saved from the edge of the area, although Leicester could have drawn level before the interval, with Marshall and Harry Panayiotou both failing to hit the target.
Just 45 seconds after the re-start though, the Foxes found an equaliser when half-time substitute Joe Dodoo scored with his first touch, converting Bakayogo’s cross.
By the 53rd minute, Leicester were ahead after trialist Ryan Watson fired into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
But with six minutes remaining, Sunderland were awarded a penalty after Watmore was fouled at the back post by Bakayogo.
Substitute Laidler converted the resulting spot-kick for his second in as many games.
Then in stoppage time, it got even better for Sunderland, with Mandron firing low into the corner.
LEICESTER: Logan, Sesay, Bakayogo, Nkumu (Dodoo 46), MacDonald, Miquel, Marshall, Watson, Panayiotou, Hopper, Knockaert. Subs not used: Taft, Smith, Cain, Elder.
SUNDERLAND: Dixon, Marrs, Ferguson, Agnew, McNamee, Harrison, Watmore, Gorrin (Laidler 74), Mandron, Knott, Mitchell (Honeyman 62). Subs not used: Stryjek, Cartwright, Holland.