Monday 3 November 2014, 1:00pm at Academy Of Light, Sunderland
Sunderland U21s
Watmore 42', 52'; Mandron 88'; Lawson 90'
Fulham FC
Fulham U21s

42' Goal

Duncan Watmore

52' Goal

Duncan Watmore

88' Goal

Mikael Mandron

90' Goal

Carl Lawson

61' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:George Honeyman
Off:Rees Greenwood

73' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Mikael Mandron
Off:Martin Smith

90' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Jassem Sukar
Off:Duncan Watmore

70' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Noe Baba
Off:Solomon Sambou

Three second half goals from Sunderland saw Fulham slip to a heavy defeat on Wearside.

Fulham Under-21s suffered their second defeat of the season on Monday afternoon as Sunderland claimed a 4-0 victory at the Academy of Light.

Duncan Watmore scored either side of half-time to put the Black Cats in control of proceedings, before late efforts from Mikael Mandron and Carl Lawson added some gloss to the scoreline.

“We didn’t play well,” U21 Manager Peter Grant admitted. “We did some good things in the first half but it was disappointing because the goals we lost were down to our own mistakes and errors that we made.

“We tried to play football in the first half but we didn’t do that in the second half and, to be fair, Sunderland ran out comfortable winners, so I was very disappointed with the performance overall. In fairness, it’s the first time they’ve put in a performance like that so it was a bit of a surprise and that’s what was more disappointing than anything else.”

In what was the clichéd game of two halves, Fulham had their chances in the opening 45, and Grant stressed that his side need to be more clinical in front of goal.

He stated: “We probably could have been 2-0 or 3-0 up with the good chances we had in the first half, but we didn’t take them.

“That’s what I said to the boys, it’s not Academy level football where you’re going to get three, four, five chances constantly – that’s not the way it is. The big step is obviously up to first-team level and you have to be more clinical when you get chances.

“You also have to defend much better and not concede the goals that we did if you’re going to progress as a footballer. It was a harsh lesson for them but I had been very, very pleased with the performances so far.

“It was a disappointing display and the boys know that, they’re disappointed in themselves but obviously it’s a progression. They’ve got to keep progressing all the time and it was a step back today, there’s no doubt about that.

“The biggest positive I can probably take from it is that they were disappointed in their own performance, individually and collectively.”

Match Information

Competition: Barclays U21 Premier League

Date: Monday 3 November 2014
Kick-off: 1:00pm

Venue: Academy Of Light, Sunderland

Sunderland U21s

Line-up: Stryjek; Cartwright, Ferguson, McNamee, Robson; Smith (Mandron 73'), Oliver, Agnew; Watmore (Sukar 90'), Lawson, Greenwood (Honeyman 61')

Unused substitutes: Burke, Beadling

Fulham U21s

Line-up: Norman; Passley, Buatu, Burgess, Evans; Mesca, Sambou (Baba 70'), Della Verde, Richards; Plumain; O'Halloran

Unused substitutes: Casasola, Sheckleford, Rodak, Smile

Sunderland U21s (4-3-3)
  • 1Max Stryjek
  • 2Andrew Cartwright
  • 6David Ferguson
  • 5Tom McNamee
  • 3Josh Robson
  • 10Martin Smith
  • 4Connor Oliver
  • 8Liam Agnew
  • 7Duncan Watmore
  • 9Carl Lawson
  • 11Rees Greenwood
  • 12George Honeyman
  • 13Peter Burke
  • 14Mikael Mandron
  • 15Jassem Sukar
  • 16Tom Beadling
Fulham U21s (4-4-1-1)
  • 1Magnus Norman
  • 2Joshua Passley
  • 5Jonathan Buatu
  • 6Cameron Burgess
  • 3Jordan Evans
  • 7Mesca
  • 4Solomon Sambou
  • 8Lyle Della Verde
  • 11Tom Richards
  • 10Ange-Freddy Plumain
  • 9Dean O'Halloran
  • 15Tiago Casasola
  • 17Ryheem Sheckleford
  • 12Marek Rodak
  • 14Noe Baba
  • 16Joshua Smile