U23 Report: Sunderland 0-2 Saints

By SFC Media time Sun 28 Oct Sunderland v Saints
Photo by James Bridle
Sun 28 Oct 12.30PM
Premier League 2 - Division 2
Sunderland
0
Southampton
2
goal
Slattery [1'] Barnes [62']
Taylor (59')
yellow card
Referee: Simon Mather | Venue: Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground | Attendance: 145

Southampton's youngsters cruised to a 2-0 victory against struggling Sunderland during the weekend's Premier League 2 action.

Goals either side of the break secured maximum points, with Will Smallbone the creator of both.

Callum Slattery was on the scoresheet inside the opening few minutes, before Marcus Barnes headed a second to safeguard the win.

Radhi Jaïdi's side were, in truth, comfortable throughout, while back-to-back successes means a jump to fourth in the league table, ahead of a busy November period.

Saints came flying out the traps. Barely two minutes had elapsed before Smallbone's square pass had found the feet of Slattery, unmarked inside the area.

The midfielder's finish was emphatic, with enough pace and power on the ball to leave Sunderland stopper Max Johnstone helpless, and fire the visitors into the lead.

One goal to the good, Saints continued to dominate, but couldn't capitalise on sustained periods of pressure until the second half.

Smallbone was again the architect for the second, floating a corner towards the near post, which was met by the clever run of Barnes.

The winger darted towards the front post, before glancing a header into the roof of the net, doubling Saints' lead in the 64th minute.

The two-goal advantage was no less than they deserved, having dictated play and controlled the pace of the game throughout, but Saints were nevertheless in need of some assistance from keeper Jack Rose late on.

Rose was called into action more times than he would have liked during the second period, most notably by Luke Molyneux - who continued to be the home side's biggest threat.

Rose twice saved with his feet, as well as clawing away a shot from distance, flying acrobatically to his right, to ensure Saints had both the points, and the clean sheet they came for.

Sunderland

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    51
    comparison angle
    49
  • Shots
    8
    comparison angle
    8
  • Shots on target
    4
    comparison angle
    3
  • Corners
    1
    comparison angle
    7
  • Passes Complete
    251
    comparison angle
    220

Sunderland PL2

1
Max Johnstone (GK)
3
Jordan Hunter
18
Alex Storey
6
Jack Bainbridge
5
Brandon Taylor (C) yellow card
10
Daniel Neill
replace Jack Connolly (76′)
8
Jake Hackett
4
Bali Mumba
7
Luke Molyneux
11
Williams Kokolo
9
Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka
replace Lee Connelly (66′)
14
Jack Connolly
16
Lee Connelly
12
Jacob Young
15
Adam Bale
13
Anthony Patterson

Southampton PL2

1
Jack Rose (GK)
5
Aaron O'Driscoll
3
Jake Vokins
2
Yan Valery
6
Christoph Klarer (C)
11
Tyreke Johnson
7
Marcus Barnes goal
4
Thomas O'Connor
8
Callum Slattery goal
10
William Smallbone
9
Jonathan Afolabi
replace Nathan Tella (88′)
13
Adam Parkes
14
Harry Hamblin
12
Kayne Ramsay
16
Nathan Tella
15
Alexandre Jankewitz
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