Sunderland's U21s travel to Leicester City tonight looking to extend lead at the top

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Sunderland's table-topping second string are back in action tonight and looking to extend their lead in the Under-21 league.

New Sunderland Under-21 boss Andy Welsh takes the club's young prospects to Leicester City as they look to bounce back from the defeat to Manchester United in his first game in charge.

Former Manchester City academy manager Welsh was appointed as Sunderland’s U21 coach after predecessor Robbie Stockdale was promoted to first-team coach in Sam Allardyce’s backroom team.

Despite the defeat to Man United - only their second defeat in 23 games - Sunderland's Under 21s remain top of the league and Lynden Gooch believes they will bounce straight back tonight.

The Black Cats are two points clear of nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur after eight matches.

“Everyone is disappointed and they want to bounce back," Gooch told the club's website.

"We’re on a good run and no one likes to lose, especially us.

“We want to stay at the top of the table, get some more wins and we’re definitely going to see a reaction on Monday night.”

Tonight's game takes place at the King Power Stadium against a Leicester side who have won just once in their opening eight league games.

Gooch added: “We’re still confident and we’re top of the league so we’ve had a good start to the season and we’ve been on a good run.

“First half against United we were very good and we created a lot of chances but we didn’t take any of them which killed us in the end.”

We'll have a full report from Leicester City on the Sunderland Echo site tonight.