Bali Mumba can't inspire Sunderland Under-23s as Wolves edge win

Sunderland's Under-23s crashed to a 1-0 defeat against Wolves thanks to a late deflected strike.

Sunday, 9th December 2018, 1:34 pm
Updated Sunday, 9th December 2018, 1:40 pm
Elliott Dickman

Oscar Buur’s 85th-minute strike proved to be the game’s only goal as the visitors moved top of the Premier League 2 table.

It was tough on Elliott Dickman's side, who had competed well with the title hopefuls at Eppleton.

Dickman had handed starts to teenager Bali Mumba, who had missed out on a place on the bench for the first-team's abandoned game against Accrington Stanley yesterday.

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Andrew Nelson was also handed his first start of the season after returning from injury but the striker found opportunities hard to come by in a tight game.

The closest either side came to breaking the deadlock was when Sunderland defender miscued a clearance onto the frame of his own goal.

After the break, Wolves had more possession but Swedish striker Benji Kimpioka had a golden chance to win the game for Sunderland, only for Wolves goalkeeper Andreas Sondergaard to deny the forward with his feet.

And just seconds later, Wolves full-back Buur strode forward and his shot deflect past Anthony Patterson to hand Wolves all three points.