Goals from Benjamin Kimpioka, Ethan Robson and George Honeyman secured Sunderland a 3-1 win over Carlisle United on Tuesday night at the SOL and put us one step closer to the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy. Jack Ross had this to say afterwards: “It was a good night for us. We wanted to win and we did that, and it’s another positive for the club that the goalscorers have progressed through the academy. For the three lads making their debut – Benji starting and the two who came on – you can never predict how their career is going to go, but I would hope for all three this is just the start. It could be the pinnacle, which I don’t mean in a negative manner, you just don't know. So for all three, they'll look back on this with pride, to be part of the first team and contribute to a win. I'm delighted for them, and it’s reflective of the work that goes on in the academy. It's important to stress that you shouldn't be judged on Under-23 results, you should be judged on the number of players you produce for the first team. The academy has a good track record of doing that, and it’s continuing to do that. From what I’ve seen, it’s going to keep doing that in the future as well.
Ross on Ethan Robson: “He’s a good player, I really like him. I’m fond of him. He was very much in my plans pre-season and would have started the season against Charlton if he’d been fit. It’s just the way it pans out. He’s found himself a bit behind some others, and it’s maybe dented his confidence a bit. We’ve worked hard with him, one-to-one, trying to build him up and the bits of his game he can tidy up. He wants to improve and he takes it on board, he wants to get better and play here. I said to him yesterday there was no pressure, just show you good you are, and he did that. I think the injury’s fairly minor. It was a combination of the impact from the tackle and him just twisting his ankle a bit. We don’t think it’s anything too serious.”
Sunderland: Ruiter, Ozturk, Baldwin, Matthews, James, McGeouch, Robson (O’Nien 45), Honeyman, Maguire, McGeady (Diamond 79), Kimpioka (Connelly 86).
Substitutes: Patterson, Hackett, Taylor, Gamble.