Sunderland coach Matty Lyons has bemoaned Sunderland 4th’s lack of confidence and fitness as they were beaten 5-0 by Teesside University thirds.


Teesside had a strong first half and led 2-0 at the break after an accomplished finish each from Teesside’s number nine and number six.

Six minutes into the second half Teesside’s second striker found the net, before another two goals before the final whistle placed more woe on Sunderland.

The defeat leaves Sunderland at the bottom of the BUCS Northern 6D League going into the Christmas break without a point to their name. Sunderland’s start the new year with a trip to York University who are the league’s leaders.

Lyons felt the result against Teesside wasn’t a fair reflection on the game but thinks the team’s confidence is at “rock bottom”.

“The result flattered Teesside but the problem we had was their fitness was better than ours and we gave them too much respect. In terms of work rate, I couldn’t fault their work rate because they work so hard.” Lyons said.

“I think we could have had a couple ourselves, we had a couple of chances that should have been taken, but confidence is rock bottom in this team. I hate it when the score lines look like that because it doesn’t reflect how hard they tried.” Lyons added

Lyons also went on to praise the performance of striker Daniel Kendal, he said: “I think our forward Daniel Kendal had a great second half, he did exactly as I asked him to do which was to hold the ball up but he had no support up there.”

Sunderland had a strong argument for the Teesside second goal to be disallowed. It appeared the ball was kicked out of Sunderland goalkeeper Eddy Robertson’s hands which eventually fell to the number six to score the goal.

“The second goal should have never have stood. It’s a tragedy that this referee didn’t pick up on some of the things happening on that pitch.” Lyons said.