Sunderland U21s head to Consett tonight for pre-season test

Robbie Stockdale takes his U21 Sunderland side to Consett on Tuesday night
Robbie Stockdale takes his U21 Sunderland side to Consett on Tuesday night
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Robbie Stockdale is expecting a tough test when his Sunderland U21 side take on Consett tonight.

Sunderland head to Consett (KO 7.30pm) looking to build on their 5-1 win over Tow Law Town at the weekend - a game which featured outcasts Santiago Vergini and Charis Mavrias.

Young striker Mikael Mandron scored four and youngster Rees Greenwood also made his mark on the scoresheet.

And Stockdale is demanding more of the same against Consett, who beat a young Gateshead side 6-0 at the weekend.

“I thought the attitude displayed by the players was superb and their overall work rate was spot on,” said Stockdale.

“It was nice to score some goals but it should have been more.

“I’m asking the players have good habits in the games and that means winning, but Tuesday’s match will be a tough game and will also give us the chance to try a few new things and build on our fitness.

“Jordan [Pickford], Tom [Beadling] and Duncan [Watmore] are going away with the first-team.

“Tom had a really good season last year and being in that environment will be good for him, so hopefully he will do well because he, like the others, deserves the chance.”

Neither defender Vergini or winger Mavrias are part of Dick Advocaat’s Sunderland plans, with the duo absent from the squad which has travelled to North America for the Black Cats’ pre-season tour

Tonight’s match takes place at the Belle Vue Stadium, Consett, DH8 7JR.

Tickets cost £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children.