U21s seal Wolves win

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Unbeaten run continues in fine display in Midlands.

Sunderland’s development squad continued their fine run of form with a 2-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday afternoon.

Liam Agnew and Jordan Laidler bagged the goals for the young Black Cats after Joel Dixon had earlier kept out a first-half penalty against a Wolves side containing nine first-team players, including George Elokobi and January signing Kortney Hause.

However, the efficiency, quality in possession and willingness to get on the ball from Kevin Ball’s side was evident from the off and the physical hosts found it hard to match the visitors for quality.

Agnew was adjudged to have committed a foul in the penalty area in the early stages of the game but Dixon was on hand to dive to his left and excellently tip the spot-kick wide on his 13th Barclays under-21 Premier League appearance of the campaign.

Sunderland took the lead just after the half hour as high-pressing from the young Black Cats saw George Honeyman win possession before playing in Agnew who slid the ball beyond Aaron McCarey in the Wolves goal.

Ball’s side failed to create multiple opportunities, though the ball retention and work-rate ensured they were fully in control of their one-goal advantage.

Laidler made sure Sunderland extended their unbeaten run to five games with a penalty just before the hour mark as the young Black Cats close the gap on leaders Fulham to just three points.

Ball’s side, who have scored in all 14 Barclays under-21 Premier League games this season, head to Manchester United – one of only three sides to concede fewer goals than Sunderland this campaign – next Monday.