Jordi Gomez returns as Sunderland beat Tottenham

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Jordi Gomez made his comeback from injury as Sunderland Under-21s secured a second win from their opening three games.

Gomez was forced to miss Sunderland’s pre-season campaign as he made his way back from a hairline fracture to his knee-cap in an accidental collision on the training ground last April.

But he came through 80 minutes unscathed in the 1-0 victory over Spurs, in an outing where he was neat and tidy, yet clearly in need of further game-time with the U21s to catch up with his first-team colleagues.

He almost got on the scoresheet though after just four minutes when his curling left-footed free-kick from the edge of the area was tipped over the bar by Spurs stopper Luke McGee.

Two minutes later, Sunderland went ahead through Lynden Gooch’s third goal in as many games, when the American striker’s persistence saw him battle inside off the right-hand touchline, before slotting the ball under McGee.

The subdued Will Buckley - one of several out-of-favour players who featured along with Valentin Roberge and Charis Mavrias - should then have doubled the advantage, but sent his half-volley horribly wide from eight yards out, when the goal was at his mercy.

Mavrias was forced off before the interval after colliding with an advertising board and suffering a nasty gash to his arm.

Rees Greenwood took his place on the left and the 19-year-old was Sunderland’s stand-out player for the remainder of the game, as he persistently stretched Tottenham’s defence.

Greenwood’s weaving run saw him set up a chance for Mikael Mandron five minutes after the restart, only for the striker to thrash his shot against the crossbar.

At the other end, Max Stryjek was forced to tip a free-kick from Alex Pritchard behind, in a rare moment of danger from the visitors.

Mandron had another chance to double Sunderland’s advantage in the 69th minute, but couldn’t get over the ball with his glancing header from substitute Martin Smith’s whipped cross, and sent his effort over the bar.

Sunderland: Stryjek, J Robson, T Robson, Agnew, Roberge, Beadling, Mavrias (Greenwood 38), Gomez (E Robson 79), Mandron, Gooch, Buckley (Smith 63). Subs not used: Talbot, Brady. Booked: Smith (86), Gooch (90)

Spurs: McGee, Walker-Peters, Walkes (Georgiou 46), Lesniak, Veljikovic, Carter-Vickers (Maghoma 77), Sonupe (Goddard 68), Winks, Harrison, Pritchard, Onomah. Subs not used: Voss, Amos. Booked: Carter-Vickers (3), Walker-Peters (15)