SUNDERLAND moved up to third spot in the Under-21 Premier League today after extending their unbeaten run to five games with a 2-0 victory at Wolves.
Goals from Liam Agnew and Jordan Laidler in the West Midlands left Kevin Ball’s side well-placed in the pecking order to qualify for the end-of-season play-offs - contested by the top four teams in the table.
But it could have been so different if Sunderland keeper Joel Dixon hadn’t rescued the Black Cats in the 19th minute when he saved Liam McAlinden’s penalty after Agnew brought down Matt Doherty.
Agnew, back from a loan spell with non-league Boston, made amends in the 35th minute after Wolves stopper Aaron McCarey directed his clearance straight to George Honeyman.
The midfielder fed Agnew who slipped the ball into the empty net with McCarey committed.
Connor Oliver went close to doubling Sunderland’s advantage on the stroke of half-time, but his long-range effort dropped just wide.
But it took just eight minutes of the second half for Ball’s men to get the second after Honeyman’s run was halted by Ethan Ebanks-Landell in the area.
Laidler stepped up and smashed his penalty into the roof of the net, to convert his second spot-kick in three games.
Honeyman almost added a third with a mazy solo run, but sent his effort over the top.
WOLVES: McCarey, Doherty, Hause, Davis, Ebanks-Landell, Elokobi, Bancessi, Evans, McAlinden, Keita (Kostrna 45), Forde. Subs not used: Flatt, Reid, Iorfa, Whittall.
SUNDERLAND: Dixon, Cartwright, Ferguson, Oliver (Smith 84), Harrison, Egan, Mitchell (Gooch 84), Agnew, Laidler, Honeyman, Holland (Lawson 80). Subs not used: McNamee, Burke.