Report: Defeat for the U21s

Sunderland AFC Under-21s were handed their first defeat league defeat since August as league leaders, Tottenham Hotspur, took home the three points with a 2-4 win.


Despite a first-half equaliser from Michael Spellman and a second-half header from Nector Triantis, goals from Jude Soonsup-Bell, Will Lankshear and a double from George Abbott sealed the victory.


The visitors started in strong fashion and opened the scoring at the 10-minute mark. Yago Alonso made a mazy run rounding goalkeeper Matty Young before squaring the ball to Soonsup-Bell to finish.


The Lads looked for an immediate equaliser with Spellman picking up the ball on the right-side before driving inside and sending a long-range effort into the arms of Luca Gunter.


Spellman turned provider moments later with a cut-back to Marshall Burke, but his effort was high and wide.


Graeme Murty's side had their best chance of the half with five minutes to play. Jewison Bennette on the counter-attack found Jones in the middle of the park, his through ball to Spellman was followed with a strong effort parried away by Gunter.


The Black Cats got their reward for all the hard work with an equaliser just before the half-time whistle. Spellman with a solo run and finish to grab his second of the second.


Spurs were quick to bounce back just 30 seconds later and a scramble in the box ended up with the league leaders back ahead as George Abbot fired the ball past Young.


The second half started end to end with Sunderland searching for an equaliser. Soonsup-Bell had the ball in the net with 30 minutes to play but it was deemed offside.


Spurs had their third not long after as Young parried a long-range effort into the direction of Abbott who grabbed his second of the evening.


The visitors added a fourth with 15 minutes to play as Will Lankshear got on the scoresheet following a first-time finish from the cross.


The Lads pulled one back in the closing stages of the game, Fieldson's header came back off the crossbar before Triantis headed home for his first goal of the season.


Young, Taylor, Fieldson, Triantis, Pye, Burke (Watson 66), Jones (Chiabi 79), Middlemas (Bell 79), Spellman (Tuterov 79), Bennette, Gardiner


Substitutes: Richardson, Bell, Chiabi, Watson, Tuterov

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