Jack Ross’s side picked up two points against Stoke on Tuesday night as they defeated their U21 side on penalties by a score of 4-2 in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Hardly the most glamorous fixture for Sunderland fans, but nearly 8,000 fans rocked up to the Stadium of Light to see the Black Cats face Stoke City u21s.

The game itself was dull, with neither side able to get a foothold on the game and, in all honesty, the visitors shaded the first half.

Jack Ross said post game that he was angry with his sides performance in the opening 45, however his team talk clearly worked as the home side were far better in the second half.

Denver Hume impressed greatly at right back and looked like Sunderland’s main threat for a goal during the second period.

The rest of the Sunderland side struggled to stamp their authority on the game and the match ended as a fair draw.

Penalties were next, much to the surprise of the crowd who thought the evening was over, and the unexpected hero was Black Cat stopper Robbin Ruiter who was solid all evening.

He saved two Stoke penalties which was more than enough as Sunderland scored all four of their efforts to win the shootout 4-2 and take home two points from the game.

Man of the Match: Denver Hume