Fit-again Tom Beadling marked his return to action by helping Sunderland maintain their lead at the top of the Under-21 Premier League with a 2-0 win at Norwich.
Centre-half Beadling - who spent pre-season with the Sunderland first-team squad - was sidelined in September with a broken ankle and only returned to full training at the Academy of Light last week.
But the 19-year-old was back in the fold and on the scoresheet for the U21s in East Anglia, as Andy Welsh’s side made it four successive league wins.
Lynden Gooch had a couple of first half chances for the Black Cats, yet neither side could find a breakthrough in an opening 45 minutes featuring few clear-cut opportunities.
But Sunderland went ahead just five minutes into the second half after Rees Greenwood was brought down in the box.
Beadling converted the spot-kick at the second time of asking after the referee had ordered his successful first effort to be retaken.
Sunderland quickly doubled their advantage in the 58th minute when Charis Mavrias lifted the ball over Norwich keeper Ben Killip, before heading it over the line.
Norwich had a chance to pull one back from the penalty spot in the dying stages, yet keeper James Talbot produced an excellent save to deny Reece Hall-Johnson.
Norwich: Killip, Hall-Johnson, Coker, Crowe, Uade, Grant, McGrandles, Cantwell, King, Middleton, Eaton-Collins.
Sunderland: Talbot, J Robson, T Robson, Beadling, Ledger, Agnew, E Robson, Gooch, Greenwood, Mavrias, Nelson