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SAFC U23s 2-2 Spurs U23s - Januzaj Scores Wonderful Goal But Gooch Leaves On A Stretcher

Goals from George Honeyman and Adnan Januzaj were not enough to see Sunderland come away with three points tonight against Spurs, with Andy Welsh's side throwing away a two-goal lead.

Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League 2 Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Adnan Januzaj started and scored this evening for Sunderland's U23s side but the game was marred by a nasty looking injury to United States international Lynden Gooch, who left the pitch on a stretcher after landing awkwardly on his left ankle.

The first goal of the game came early on - after a scramble in the Spurs penalty area, George Honeyman prodded the ball into the back of the net to put his side ahead.

Soon after, with Sunderland under pressure a long ball forward by Josh Maja beat the Tottenham offside trap and fed in Adnan Januzaj, who carried the ball half the length of the pitch, outpacing the defenders before finishing neatly past Pau Lopez to put the home side two up.

Spurs were always in the game though and, even at 2-0 down, looked the better side.

I was hugely impressed with their passing and their forward line gave Sunderland's slower defence trouble all evening. It was a matter of time before Spurs scored, and they did just that right before half time, when Shilow Tracey gave his side a lifeline with a neat finish past Mika Domingues in the Sunderland goal.

Tracey added his second not long after half time to put Spurs level and they dominated much of the play in the second half, with Sunderland on the back foot throughout - Januzaj left the pitch after the second Spurs goal, being replaced by young Swedish forward Joel Asoro.

Sunderland took their foot off the gas when they went two ahead early on in the game and should be disappointed that they threw the win away.

Sunderland's entire backroom team were in attendance, as was new Chief Football Officer Simon Wilson. They would have been impressed by the composure shown by Adnan Januzaj with his goal and the performance of George Honeyman but, other than that, it was largely a poor display and Sunderland can count themselves lucky to have taken even a point from the game.

Player Ratings

Mika Domingues - 7

I was impressed with how vocal he was - couldn't have done a great deal about the two Spurs goals and actually made a couple of decent saves in the second half to keep the away team at bay.

Thomas Robson - 7

Another solid defensive display from Robson - he's generally the most impressive of all of the Sunderland defenders in this team but doesn't quite have that extra edge that full-backs need these days to make it at the top level. Still though, he was very decent.

Michael Ledger - 5

Was given a torrid time by the Spurs forward line and was pulled all over by their sheer pace and passing ability. Will have been glad when the full time whistle blew.

George Brady - 5

Pretty much the same as Ledger - Spurs looked incredibly tidy in attack and our central defenders had a tough evening.

Josh Robson - 6

Josh likes to get stuck in but gives the ball away a fair bit in attacking areas. Made a great block on the line in the second half, hurting himself in the process.

Lynden Gooch - 6

Played fine up until his injury. It looked a nasty one - overheard another Sunderland player in the stands saying that 'he says that he heard a crack' - I hope that it's not as bad as it looked. You do worry though when a player leaves the pitch on a stretcher with his head in his hands.

Ethan Robson - 5

Seemed to struggle when out of possession. I wish he'd shoot more - he gets into great positions around the 18 yard box but rarely lets one loose. Not his greatest game.

Donald Love - 5

Completely anonymous.

George Honeyman - 7

Just a typical Honeyman performance. Always wants the ball, always tidy in possession, knows when to run at the opposition and knows when to play a give and go. Scored.

I really like him. He's got to find proper first team football in January though.

Adnan Januzaj - 7

Adnan played centre forward alongside Maja and looked decent. He only played 54 minutes but his one big chance, when he ran half the length of the pitch to score, was taken brilliantly.

Josh Maja - 7

Maja played a part in both goals and was a nuisence all night. Much better.