SUNDERLAND bounced back from their narrow defeat to Liverpool last week to comprehensively beat visitors Stoke at the Academy of Light today.
The young Black Cats dominated the first half, going close several time before making the breakthrough in the 13th minute, when Josh Robson flew down the left flank and put the ball through to Dan Wright, who shot from a very tight angle across the visiting keeper and in off the far post.
The Potters tried to stifle Sunderland but did press forward in the final 10 minutes of the first half but without any joy.
The second half started similarly to the first with the young Black Cats again bossing the game, and, on the hour mark, they got their just rewards when Luke Molyneux hit the ball across the keeper from the right to make it 2-0.
Stoke tried valiantly to hit back, but without any joy as Sunderland’s resolve held firm.
Coach Elliott Dickman said: “I was very pleased with the performance today. I thought we could have got something last week, but the way the lads responded made me proud.
“We had a young side out, including a trialist, so I’m very happy, even though we could have had more.”
Sunderland: Talbot, Taylor, Colquhoun, Storey, Robson, Molyneux, Wright, Embleton, Ganiyu, Blinco, Trialist