Lynden Gooch put the home side into a fifth minute lead at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground but we were found wanting in our efforts equalise – Alex Pritchard and Josh Onomah in particular going close on a couple of occasions but, ultimately, without success.
Goalkeeper Luke, one of a handful of players who travelled to the north east after being with the first team squad at Leicester City on Saturday, was pleased to get 90 minutes under his belt but admitted the players were left disappointed to have lost for the first time in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League this season.
“We were sloppy early and when you travel this far, you really want to get off to a good start,” said the 19-year-old.
“It was disappointing to concede the early goal, we should have dealt with it, but we gave it a real go after that.
“Sunderland did well but we didn’t create as many chances as we would have liked so everyone is disappointed.
“The effort was there but we just lacked that bit of quality when we needed it in the final third.”
Sunderland themselves might have added a second goal on a couple of occasions, but Luke admitted: “I didn’t have too much to do.
“I made an early save but not too much after that. I was just one of those days, it didn’t happen for us.”