Sunderland U23’s manager Elliott Dickman hopes that Monday night’s Premier League Cup win over Charlton Athletic will boost his side’s confidence going forward.

Goals either side of half time from Williams Kokolo and Jack Diamond helped Sunderland to a 2-0 victory over the Addicks in their opening Premier League Cup match.

Dickman said: “I think tonight was a tough game, but the games that we play in the league are very tough as well. The teams that we’re playing against, most of the sides have got some really good players.

“[Charlton] have had some good players tonight, so hopefully from a confidence point of view that will put the lads in a good position.

Sunderland have struggled this season before Monday’s win and currently sit bottom of Premier League 2, Division 2. Dickman added: “We’ve conceded far too many goals.

“The manner of some of the goals we have conceded, as a group, we’ve been bitterly disappointed with, so to get a clean sheet, I think it’s our first one of the season, is always nice.

“Not just the back four and the goalkeeper, I think the whole team need a massive pat on the back for that clean sheet.

“Even the lads who didn’t start, I see these lads train every day and I see how hard they work, and I’m pleased that they put into practice some of the stuff we’ve been doing.

“They should enjoy winning because it’s a nice feeling when you do win. Especially when you’ve worked as hard as they’ve done in recent weeks, and definitely tonight, so they can be pleased with that.”