U18s slip to defeat in Holland

by Oscar Chamberlain

Dickman on Breda reverse.

Sunderland under-18s began their pre-season tour of Holland with a 2-1 defeat to NAC Breda.

Elliot Dickman fielded a youthful starting XI with many first year scholars starting the match, but despite equalising in the second half they were unable to avoid defeat.

However, speaking post-match Dickman remained upbeat, explaining that the experience will benefit the players moving forward.

“During the first half we went with a young team that included a lot of first year scholars, and although we played okay we gave away a sloppy goal.

“After the break we made a few changes, introducing some of the second year scholars such as Rees Greenwood, Jordan Blinco and Michael Legder, and we did a lot better.”

He continued: “We had a lot of the ball and we dominated the remainder of the match but we just couldn’t get the breakthrough.

“Eventually we did score through Andrew Nelson who rose above everyone to head home a free kick, but shortly after we overplayed at the back and conceded a second.”

Dickman also praised the young group’s commitment, specifically focusing on their exceptional attitude ahead of Monday’s match against AZ Alkmaar.   

“We probably didn’t deserve to lose but the experience of playing on a first-team pitch in a good stadium was a fantastic opportunity.

“The lads have been excellent and their attitude has been first class, so now it is all about preparing for another tough test against another good team.”