U21s claim point at Spurs


Vaughan given run-out in London.

By Neville Pilkington

Sunderland's development squad grabbed a great away draw against Spurs at the North London club's training ground.

It was an entertaining game full of good football and played in perfect conditions.

Included in the Sunderland team was overage player David Vaughan playing in his first game since returning from injury.

The Welsh midfielder did well in his pre-arranged 60 minutes, prompting and probing with ease.

It was a very even first-half but on 39 minutes the home side took the lead when a Spurs winger cut in and finished well.

But Sunderland reacted well and levelled before half-time.

Jordan Laidler placed a free kick perfectly for defender John Egan to head against the bar and fellow defender David Ferguson followed up to score his first goal for the club.

The second half was full of good attacking football from both sides.

Spurs regained the lead on 58 minutes when they converted a loose ball after Sunderland keeper Ben Wilson had possibly been bumped when coming out to collect.

But the Wearsiders regained the initiative, working hard to regain parity which finally came ten minutes from time.

Blair Adams put an incisive ball into the box to find Mikael Mandron who was brought down.  Adam Reed stepped up to convert the penalty low into the corner for a fully deserved point.

Coach Kevin Ball said: "Overall I was delighted, both with the performance and for the lads.  I would have been very disappointed if we hadn't come away with something after a really good display."

Sunderland: Wilson, Laing, Egan, Ferguson, Adams, Gorrin (Mandron, 75), Reed, Vaughan (Knott, 60), Lynch, Laidler, Ryan Noble (Deacon, 60).

Subs not used: Marrs, Dixon.