Goals from Marco Matias and Adam Reach saw Sunderland eliminated from the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle.

Sunderland started the game brightly playing some quick, incisive football but couldn’t get the goal that their early dominance would’ve reflected.

Elliot Embleton had the Black Cats best chance, dragging his effort wide after getting in behind Sheffield Wednesday when George Honeyman was in the middle for a simple tap-in.

Sheffield Wednesday took the lead completely against the run of play when along ball completely outfoxed Alim Ozturk, who failed to clear the danger and allowed Matias to nip in and slot the ball past Jon McLaughlin.

Despite the setback Sunderland continued to create chances and Luke O’Nien should’ve done better on two occassions as the Black Cats went in at half-time behind.

Sunderland had Jack Baldwin to thank for keeping them in the game as he headed Matias’ volley off the line after Ozturk and Reece James had failed to properly clear a cross into the box.

Wednesday got the all important second goal with 11 minutes to go when Reach glanced in from Barry Bannan’s cross.

Despite the result Jack Ross will have been pleased with the performance’s of several of Sunderland’s fringe players ahead of their game against Scunthorpe United on Sunday.