Sunderland’s goalscorer Joel Asoro in action last season

Elliott Dickman claimed his side must respond better when they fall behind after Sunderland Under-23s lost 4-1 to Liverpool Under-23s on Sunday afternoon.

Joel Asoro’s header four minutes before half-time had drawn the Black Cats level following Cameron Brannagan’s fifth minute penalty at the Stadium of Light.

But, a second half collapse saw Liverpool score three times in the final 16 minutes, as Rhian Brewster, Matthew Virtue and Ben Woodburn took advantage of Sunderland’s leaky defense.

“I was really pleased up until the second goal and then disappointed,” Dickman told after the game.

“I thought we played some good stuff as well, created some half chances but against players of the calibre of Brewster, Woodburn and Wilson who are quite lively players, you give them a chance and they are going to take it.”

First-team manager Chris Coleman was in attendance at the stadium, as Dickman named a strong side against the league leaders.

Elliott Embleton, Tom Beadling and Asoro all started the game but, after a promising start, the hosts quickly unraveled in the closing stages.

“We did restrict them to very little until that point, but the disappointment is after that,” added Dickman.

“We are disappointed to allow what happened in the final 12-minute period.

“It has happened too many times and the players need to respond better to a mistake or going behind.”

The result leaves Sunderland 11th in the table after a barren run of four games without a win.

Dickman’s men must now regroup ahead of their trip to Tottenham on 19 December.