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Sunderland were beaten 2-1 at Fleetwood last night in the Football League Trophy, a result the Wearside fans would not have enjoyed given their love for Fleetwood boss Joey Barton.

It was a young looking Sunderland line up, or should I have written a Younger looking Sunderland line up given that former Burnley under-23 player Oliver Younger was given his debut.

Oliver, a Burnley supporter from a family of Clarets, was with our club from a very young age but, now 20, joined Sunderland this season. He was quickly involved with the first team squad and has been on the bench for League One games previously before last night being given his first opportunity by manager Phil Parkinson.

Unfortunately, it didn’t last long enough with him forced off with an injury just before half time. However, Parkinson said of his debut: “I thought Ollie Younger was magnificent. He’s done great since he’s joined us and he looks a real prospect.”

The injury eventually led to another former young Burnley player getting a Sunderland debut. Younger’s replacement, right on half time, was Dunne but he was forced off with an injury himself under three minutes into the second half with Vinnie Steels, who left us last January, coming on to complete the game.

Both had previously played some first team football. Steels had first team appearances with York before joining Burnley while Younger had an ill fated loan to St. Patrick’s Athletic last season that ended abruptly due to the pandemic.

Up the Clarets would like to congratulate both of them on making their Sunderland debuts last night even though Joey did get one over them.

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