February 24, 2024

How Sunderland’s under-21s came from behind to win at Southampton as former Black Cats striker featured for the hosts.

The under-21 team from Sunderland overcame a goal deficit to defeat Southampton 2-1, thanks to a goal from former scorer Ross Stewart.

For the first time since sustaining an Achilles injury while playing for the Black Cats’ first team in an FA Cup match against Fulham back in January, Stewart was on the pitch. On the day of the transfer deadline, the 27-year-old relocated to Southampton, but he hasn’t yet made an appearance for the Saints’ first squad because he’s still getting over the setback.

Stewart scored Southampton’s under-21 team’s first goal against Sunderland at Staplewood Training Ground in just seven minutes by turning in a cross from Diamond Edwards. After the Scottish striker was substituted at the half, Graeme Murty’s team won all three points with two goals in the second half.

 

After Ellis Taylor had given Sunderland a corner, Harry Gardiner equalised the score in the 67th minute. Eight minutes from time, Taylor scored the game-winning goal when his free kick deflected past Saints goalkeeper Josh McNamara.

In the Premier League 2 match, Sunderland’s Nectarios Triantis and Jewison Bennette both played the whole 90 minutes. Murty’s team was able to bounce back after losing 4-2 to league leaders Tottenham the previous week.

Now, on Monday, November 13, Sunderland’s under-21 team will get ready for a Premier League Cup match at Bristol City.

Richardson, Taylor, Fieldson, Triantis, Pye, Burke, Jones (Middlemas, 70), Spellman, Watson (Trialist, 63), Bennette, and Gardiner make up the Sunderland U21s starting lineup.

Bell, Chaibi, Chibueze—unused substitutes

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