Sunderland AFC news: Dick Advocaat & Co remaining upbeat, focus on Fabio and Under 21s in action tonight

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat
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Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat is remaining upbeat despite defeat to Spurs, while the Under 21s are in action at Everton tonight.

An 82nd minute from Ryan Mason sealed a 1-0 win for Tottenham Hotspur at the Stadium of Light - leaving the 40,000 inside the ground gutted after an improved Black Cats display.

And Advocaat is doing his best to remain upbeat, his thoughts echoed by returning midfielder Jordi Gomez.

Gomez told the Echo: “I think we will only get better by the game and as the weeks go on.

“We deserved at least a point against Spurs and hopefully we can now take that into the next game.”

Read the full interview by clicking here.

We turned the spotlight on new signing Fabio Borini after his big money move from Liverpool in the summer.

Borini was finally back in a red and white shirt.

How did he get on?

Have a read of our analysis of his performance from the game against Spurs here.

Meanwhile, the club’s Under 21 team head to Everton tonight.

The Black Cats travel to Merseyside as the U21s Barclays Premier League season resumes following the international break, and boss Robbie Stockdale is keen for his side to build on their positive start.

The youngsters have won three of their opening four matches this season to extend their impressive record of just one defeat in 17 matches.

“I’m looking forward to the game as it seems like we haven’t had one for a little while,” Stockdale told the club’s website.

“Obviously we’re playing at Goodison Park which is always a bit special.

“We played there last year and did well but ultimately lost the game, so hopefully we’ll play well and win this time.

“We’ve had a decent start to the season and picked up some decent results but I know Everton will be a very tough game,” he added.