Who impressed for Sunderland U23s at Stoke City?Who impressed for Sunderland U23s at Stoke City?
Who impressed for Sunderland U23s at Stoke City?

Sunderland AFC U23 player ratings: One 9 and two 8s after superb Premier League 2 play-off victory at Stoke City

Sunderland’s under-23 side reached the Premier League 2 play-off final courtesy of victory over Stoke City – but how did their players perform?

Second half goals from Josh Hawkes and Oliver Younger were enough for the young Black Cats after a tepid first half.

Hawkes opened the scoring with a well-placed effort from the edge of the box before he turned provider for Younger, who glanced home a header from a teasing free-kick.

Sunderland are potentially now just 90 minutes away from a place in Premier League 2 Division 1, capping a remarkable turnaround after the side finished with just a single point to their name last season.

But who caught the eye at the bet365 Stadium?

Our man Mark Donnelly was at the game and has dished out his player ratings from the clash – with some high marks on show after a superb away showing from Elliott Dickman’s men...