Elliott Dickman believes his side have plenty to be positive about as they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Eppleton Colliery Welfare this weekend.
Kicking off at 12pm on Sunday, Sunderland under-23s are back in Premier League 2 action for the first time since their 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, which saw Duncan Watmore make his long-awaited returned to action.
But not even the 24-year-old could prevent the lads slipping to a 3-1 defeat as Boro came from behind with three quickfire goals in the second 45.
However, with their next test around the corner as Wolves come to town on Sunday, Dickman has told safc.com there were plenty of positives to draw on from their display against Boro.
“I was really pleased with the first half from what I could see with the fog,” he said.
“I thought we were competitive, and we made the game difficult for them. We could’ve tidied up some of our quality, but we were well in the game.
“I didn’t see what happened coming. When they scored, we have let ourselves down because the goals we conceded are too easy.
“Substitutions can change games, they made one which I thought affected the game more than what we did,” he continued.
“The majority of the lads worked hard though, and it’s good for them to get out there and play in a tough game.”