Duncan Watmore scored twice as Sunderland U21s ended a hectic fixture period with a 2-0 win over Fulham.
The winger struck a first half-brace as Robbie Stockdale’s side claimed all three points at Craven Cottage.
The Black Cats showed no hangover from Monday’s trip to Norwich and had the hosts on the back foot after just four minutes, as Watmore burst through the Fulham defence, only to be denied by Marek Rodak.
However, the Fulham ‘keeper could do nothing just moments later as Watmore finished off a sharp Sunderland counter attack to put the visitors a goal up.
But it was the hosts who took a firmer grip of the first half following the opening exchanges and after Jordan Evans through ball found Moussa Dembele, the French forward was unlucky not to find the target.
Jonathan Buatu and Adetayo Edun also went close for the home side, but once again they found themselves cut open by another Black Cats counter, ending with Martin Smith incisively picking out Watmore for his second.
Fulham came out fighting in the second half and within five minutes of the restart, Dembele saw his effort from the edge of the box come back off the inside of the post.
Sunderland defended brilliantly, restricting their opponents to few chances, however Buatu spurned Fulham’s best opportunity to get back into the game, heading straight at Jordan Pickford in the Black Cats goal.
Sunderland were able to see the game out without major incident, making it four points and two clean sheets on the road this week.