SUNDERLAND’S second string lost 3-2 at Barclays Premier Reserve League champions Chelsea yesterday.
David Meyler – expected to make his return from long-term injury – was not involved but with new signing James McClean, former Chelsea apprentice Billy Knott and senior players Trevor Carson and Matt Kilgallon all involved, it was a strong Black Cats side.
Keith Bertschin’s men took the lead shortly before the half-hour when Jordan Cook’s dribble and cross provided a gift for striker Oumare Tounkara to nod home.
Chelsea went into the break ahead after goals from Adam Phillip and Patrick van Aanholt but an inspired change from Bertschin on the hour saw substitutes Adam Mitchell and Roarie Deacon combine for the equaliser – former Arsenal apprentice Deacon scoring with his first touch.
Chelsea clinched all three points with a winner 13 mnutes from time from Milan Lalkovic.
Sunderland: Carson, Laing, Egan, Kilgallon, Reed, Liddle, Cook, Armstrong, Knott (sub Deacon 60), McLean (sub Mitchell 60), Tounkara. Subs not used: Pickford, Bagnall, Laidler.