Kevin Ball

U21s to take on Toffees

by Ashley Houghton

Development squad travel to Merseyside.

Kevin Ball’s development squad travel to Barclays U21 Premier League Group One leaders Everton tonight (KO 7pm).

Ball’s side will be boosted by the return of youngsters Billy Knott and Jordan Pickford from their respective loan spells with Woking and Alfreton Town respectively.

Jordan Laidler, Mikael Mandron and Liam Marrs could also feature after making the bench for the first-team in Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Everton.

Schoolboy Ethan Robson is also likely to feature again after impressing in last week’s 2-0 defeat to Blackburn Rovers.

A win for the hosts would secure their place in the semi-finals of the tournament whilst Sunderland will finish the season in seventh regardless of tonight’s result.

Squad: Pickford, Marrs, Ferguson, Honeyman, Dixon, Smith, Agnew, Beadling, Laidler, Harrison, McNamee, Mitchell, Gorrin, Ryan Noble, Mandron, Knott.