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Sunderland U21s 2-1 Spurs - Scott plays but it's a rare loss for U21s

Scott Parker continued his comeback by playing for our Under-21s in a Barclays U21 Premier League encounter at Sunderland on Monday.

The midfielder - in the final phase of his recovery from an Achilles injury - played the full 90 minutes as the team suffered a 2-1 loss at the Academy of Light.

“Scott was outstanding in his application, attitude and how he managed the game,” said Senior Professional Phase Coach, Chris Ramsey.

It was a rare defeat for the Under-21s, who remain top of National Group Two of the Barclays Under-21 Premier League with one match remaining and set for a place in the Elite Group in the second half of the campaign.

The team travelled to Wearside on the back of five-successive wins and were unbeaten in eight since August.

Things started well as Cristian Ceballos cut in from the right, beat two defenders and curled into the top corner for a spectacular goal to open the scoring in the 18th minute.

Sunderland hit back to level through Ryan Noble in the 32nd minute and then scored what turned out to be the winner six minutes later when Connor Oliver headed home from Adam Mitchell’s corner.

Chris reported: “I thought we did well in difficult, windy conditions. We had to adapt our normal game to those conditions and it was another learning curve for the players against a competitive Sunderland team.

“Cristian scored a fantastic goal, but they scored two quick goals and that was basically down to naive defending.

“There was a bit if hesitation that led to the first goal and the second came from a corner, a decent set-piece from their point of view but one we failed to deal with.

“We had more than enough chances to win the game. Jon Obika had one at the near post from a corner and a one-on-one where he managed to beat the goalkeeper but missed from the angle, Alex Pritchard missed the target from a cutback, Souleymane Coulibaly had a couple after coming on and Jack Barthram had a header at the far post. They were clear-cut chances as well, not just half-chances.

“Overall though, we were pleased. It was a tough, physical game and a real test for us but we continued to play the style of football we wanted to play."

Spurs U21s (4-3-3): Vigouroux; Barthram, Hall, Veljkovic (Gallifuoco, 78), Stewart; Parrett (Coulibaly, 60), Parker, Luongo; Pritchard (Munns, 78), Obika, Ceballos. Unused sub: Priestley.