Friendly win for U21s

by Oscar Chamberlain

Eight goal thriller v Celtic at AoL.

Sunderland’s under-21s fought back from 2-0 down to beat Celtic 5-3 in a friendly at the Academy of Light on Friday.

The Young Black Cats started poorly conceding two goals but strikes from Lynden Gooch and Danny Graham saw them enter the break level.

In the second half they took the lead through Liam Agnew who capped off the scoring after Celtic equalised and Graham got his second of the game.

Speaking post match Robbie Stockdale admitted they were lucky to be in the game at the break, before praising their adaptability and mentality to fight back and secure a win.

“We started poorly and we looked a little lethargic from Tuesday’s game against Manchester City, going 2-0 down conceding poor goals but we scored through Lynden and Danny and we were very lucky to go in level.

“At half time we spoke about the standards we expect and set for each other and the second half was much better, we played with more urgency and our movement was better without the ball.”

He continued: “We looked like more of a team and it was one hundred times better than the first-half performance.

“The biggest positive is that they knew their performance in the first 45 wasn’t good enough and they took on board what we said at half time.”