Liam Agnew

Agnew delighted with double

by Ashley Houghton

Skipper pleased to get on scoresheet.

Sunderland’s under-18 captain, Liam Agnew, was ecstatic to score his first two goals of the season as the young Black Cats defeated West Ham United 2-1 at the Academy of Light on Saturday.

Agnew, who has been ever-present in the Black Cats side with 14 appearances so far this season, told he wants to add more attacking productivity to his game.

He said: “I hadn’t scored this season so it was good to get on the scoresheet.

“I’ve always wanted to play more attacking, but I just play wherever the coaches want me to play and it was great to get the two goals today.

“To be fair I was disappointed I didn’t make it a hat-trick near the end."

Sunderland-born Agnew also praised his side’s character as they bounced back from last weekend’s 5-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur to beat the Hammers.

“It was a great win for us especially after the disappointment of last week when we got whipped 5-1.

“It was a great reaction and the team was unbelievable today.

“We just played our normal game and showed great character, especially for a young side.”