ROBBIE Stockdale saluted Sunderland’s wingmen after both Duncan Watmore and Rees Greenwood were on the scoresheet against West Ham.
The two wingers caught the eye in a deserved 3-0 win for Sunderland Under-21s over the Hammers at Eppleton CW last night, with each finding the net in the last 10 minutes.
Duncan is still finding his way. He’s funny, he looks like he’s on his last legs at times and then you suddenly get a burst of energy.
In front of the watching Gus Poyet, Watmore made his first start since breaking his leg in December, while 18-year-old Greenwood also impressed, as he continues to make the step up from Under-18 level.
Development coach Stockdale said: “I thought they were both bright. Duncan is still finding his way. He’s funny, he looks like he’s on his last legs at times and then you suddenly get a burst of energy.
“But he’s such a threat, isn’t he? And I think Rees had one of his better games. He’s growing in strength and confidence.
“(Liam) Agnew was very good as well, so we’ve got a couple of players there who are kicking on and we’re working with.”
Stockdale felt Sunderland were too sloppy at times during the second half, yet he couldn’t grumble too much at his side’s biggest win of 2015 so far.
“Strangely, I didn’t think we played great in the second half,” he added.
“I thought we were comfortable in the first half and the better team, but I just thought we could have played another pass sometimes in the second to open it up even more.
“Saying that, we scored three really good goals, hit the post and had numerous other chances.
“If we’d have got the second goal earlier, it might have settled a few nerves.
“I’d put a load of pressure on the players to win it. Part of my thinking was if they’re going to play first-team, they have to get used to that.
“I thought that showed a bit at times, but they stuck at it and I thought we were comfortable winners in the end.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland’s senior trip to Arsenal next month will be rearranged after the Gunners progressed to the FA Cup semi-finals.
The Black Cats were due to travel to the Emirates on Saturday, April 18, but Arsene Wenger’s side will now play Reading or Bradford that weekend.