Sunderland defeat Stoke 3-1 in U-18 clash

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SUNDERLAND continued their upward surge in the table with a fourth consecutive win at Stoke earlier today.

It was a convincing victory and they are now showing the benefits of a settled side that has a good keeper, a solid defence and creative mid-field and strikers that can finish - a winning combination.

In today’s game they had to survive a tough start with Stoke coming at them initially.

They weathered the storm and got their passing game going, gradually establishing supremacy before going ahead in the 39th minute.

Josh Robson, playing at left back pinched the ball before advancing and passing inside to Jordan Blinco who took a touch before bending it round the keeper.

The Wearsiders finished the half strongly and looked comfortable. They started the second period well before doubling the lead on the hour mark with a class goal by Ethan Robson. The mid-fielder showed good possession before losing his marker with a Johann Cruyff type turn before bending his shot into the bottom corner from 20 yards out.

On 78 minutes, they made it three, with Dan Wright notching after Andrew Nelson headed on.

The Potters pulled one back five minutes later when possession was lost in mid-field allowing Stoke to break and beat Sunderland keeper James Talbot in a one-on-one situation.

However, it made no difference to the final outcome of a second away win of the season for the young Black Cats.

Post match, coach Elliott Dickman said: “It was another good all round performance of which I was very pleased.”

Sunderland (4-3-3). Talbot, Ellison, Casey, Colquhoun, J. Robson, Pybus (Lowrie 88), Wright (Hume 80), E. Robson, Blinco, Nelson, Molyneux (McEvoy 12).

Subs not used: Ledger, Purvis.