'The performance was great'

by Stuart Vose

Fairweather reflects on U18s' win at Leicester.

Carlton Fairweather praised Sunderland’s under-18 side after they notched a second successive win last weekend.

The young Black Cats headed to Leicester and travelled back up the M1 having banked all three points courtesy of a 3-1 victory.

Dan Pybus, Lynden Gooch and James Stinson all found the net as the youngsters followed up their first win of the campaign against West Ham the previous week.

“The performance overall was great,” Fairweather said. “The lads were great in the way they applied themselves.

“They defended really well, worked hard to get the ball back and when they did, kept it for long spells.

“We created some excellent chances and scored three excellent goals. Both myself and Elliott [Dickman, assistant Academy manager] thought it was a very good performance by the lads.”

Fairweather was particularly pleased to see Pybus on the scoresheet with the under-16 featuring regularly for the U18 side despite being still at school.

“Daniel actually started the play that led to his goal – he linked up well and made a well-timed run to score,” he explained.

“It was an excellent goal and one which Daniel deserved.”

And there was also another goal for Lynden Gooch, who has been revelling in a new role up front this season.

The American caused problems throughout and found the net with a superb speculative effort from the right-hand edge of the box.

And Fairweather feels that sampling different roles will help Gooch - an attack-minded midfielder - to deepen his understanding of the game.

“It’s about learning different positions for Lynden, who has a good understanding so hopefully that will help him develop as a player,” he said.

“Now he is scoring goals as well as obviously being involved in setting them up, and that’s excellent.

“It will only help him as a player and a person and he is helping the team as well.”

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