Sunderland have had to put league action on the back-burner for the last week and a half due to the international break, with focus being on the much-maligned Papa John’s Trophy before they get back to the serious stuff.
League One was on a skeleton schedule this past weekend with the Black Cats one of many teams not to be playing, but instead they had two matches in the cup to contend with before it’s back to business away at Gillingham on Saturday.
The first one last Tuesday saw the Wearsiders run out 2-1 winners over league rivals Lincoln City at Sincil Bank, with a mix of first-team players and under-23 squad talents being used by Lee Johnson.
It was Stephen Wearne, a 20-year-0ld who has been a regular for the Black Cats’ development squad for the last few years, who netted the winner that night for Sunderland and he was part of a young starting 11 as Manchester United’s under-21’s – who had former defender Paul McShane in the side as an overage player – visited the Stadium of Light this evening.
Tyrese Dyce opened the scoring for Sunderland before a second half Zidane Iqbal equaliser, but Wearne once again was the match-winner as he headed home a cross provided by Ellis Taylor.
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Sunderland fans watched their young side run out as victors and they were suitably impressed by what Wearne had to offer and his performance was admired on social media.
Two games two goals, and looks a baller https://t.co/cqy0onTgf0
— Connor Swainston (@swainyFTM) October 13, 2021
I know we're blessed by having Dan Neil playing for us but this lad needs watching as well. He's got something.
— Malcolm Bosanko (@Boshanko) October 13, 2021
We are spoiled with strikers
— Mando❤🤍 (@KINGMAGUIRE_) October 13, 2021
He looks a top prospect 👍🏼
— Dan Harrison (@DJ_Haribo) October 13, 2021
Wearne isn’t far off a chance in the league in my opinion, he was class today
— Jack Redmond (@Redser702) October 13, 2021
Younger and Wearne look quality
— Gary Johnson (@GazJ2K) October 13, 2021
The lads played well. Some good performances. Wearne looks real prospect
— Si Atica (@AticaSi) October 13, 2021
Solid performance there boys. Wearne different gravy today.
— ch (@chleclerc_) October 13, 2021
Really enjoyed that. Future is bright for safc. Wearne looks a prospect #safc
— David Place (@samsonplace) October 13, 2021
I Wearne't sure who he was one two weeks ago, but he's class him. https://t.co/2HudVpyj4Z
— What The Falk Podcast (@WhatTheFalkPod) October 13, 2021