Head of coaching reflects on emphatic victory.
Head of coaching Elliott Dickman praised Sunderland’s under-18s for their performance in last weekend’s 4-1 win over Wolves.
The young Black Cats kicked off the second half of their season in fine style, overturning a half-time deficit to emerge as comfortable victors.
After going a goal down, the visitors equalised through a Reece Noble penalty before George Honeyman’s curling finish nudged them ahead.
Tom McNamee then converted from close range before Nathan Thomas scored the goal of the game, firing home following a surging run from deep.
“The performance was good, particularly in the second half,” Dickman said.
“We found ourselves a goal down at half time due to a short pass which was intercepted.
“That was a bit unfair on the lads. We had a chat with them at the break and the response was very good.
“There were some good performances and it was an emphatic win. The eventual outcome was thoroughly deserved.”
Dickman also felt the performance and result was especially welcome after the under-18s rounded out 2012 with a defeat to Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup.
“City were excellent on the night and it will be a very good side which beats them in that competition,” he explained.
“They will be there or thereabouts, in my opinion.
“The lads were on a downer because I don’t think we did ourselves justice or played particularly well.
“But there was a calmness about us on Saturday, which was pleasing to see.”