Elliott Dickman was left to rue a frustrating six minute period at Croft Park last night which saw his side go from leaders to chasers during the second-half.
It started well for Sunderland under-23s at Blyth, after getting to gripes with the hosts’ lively opening Rees Greenwood applied a finish to Ethan Robson’s slipped pass to give the Lads the lead on 30 minutes.
However, the Black Cats were a shadow of first-half selves in the second 45 and swiftly trailed 3-1 in just six minutes following David McTiernan’s treble.
Elliot Embleton reduced the arrears from the penalty spot late on but any further comeback unfortunately wasn’t on the cards and the Lads were defeated at Croft Park.
Speaking post-match Dickman shared his thoughts on a disappointing evening.
“We have got to defend a lot better so of course, we are disappointed with the six-minute spell we had at the start of the second period,” he said.
“We just didn’t really get started.
“All of a sudden we found ourselves 3-1 down and then we managed to get ourselves a penalty.
“We got it back to 3-2 and then had some half chances where a bit more care and attention in and around the box could’ve seen us get it back to 3-3,” he continued.
“From being in control in the first half it was disappointing to lose the game in the manner we did, especially when you look at the way we conceded the goals and in just six minutes.”