Home clash in store for youngsters this weekend.
Elliott Dickman is hoping to see the perfect response when Sunderland’s U18s take on Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday.
The young Black Cats were beaten by Manchester City last time out after beginning their Barclays U18 Premier League North campaign with a 2-1 win over Newcastle United.
And after a good week on the training ground Dickman knows exactly what he wants to see improve in terms of progression and performance.
"Last week it was a tough game but to be fair to the lads they stuck at it and it wasn't an easy game.
"It will be another tough game tomorrow against Wolverhampton Wanderers and the games are coming thick and fast, but it's also another excellent opportunity to continue the progression and development of the players."
He continued: "We need to be a little more composed in possession which is important for the style of football we want to play, but the positives were the shape - we were compact and tight - and the progression will be trying to keep the ball better."
"Hopefully we continue and build on all the plusses we have had to put in a good performance before the international break.”
However, Dickman warned against the threat posed by Wolves who will make life difficult for the Wearsiders.
"Over the years Wolves have always been very well organised and they usually have a couple of strikers who prove to be a handful.
"Scott Sellars has come in this season as the U18s coach and I know him well from his time at Manchester City and Sheffield United.
"He likes to play good football and hopefully it will be a football game as that is what we are expecting, but it won't be easy and they will make it difficult for us."