Photo: Sam Allardyce watching Sunderland’s Under-21s in action

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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce was at the Stadium of Light for the first-time yesterday.

Sam Allardyce was named Sunderland manager last week, and he was at the Stadium of Light on Monday evening to watch his first game since being appointed.

The 60-year-old boss was in the stands as the Black Cats’ Under-21 side managed a 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach of Germany, courtesy of a Mikaeil Mandron goal - although he missed a late penalty to win the game.

Adam Matthews was the only first-team player that Allardyce would have seen in action, with the summer signing from Celtic lining up for 81 minutes of action in his first game since suffering an injury at the start of the season.

Lynden Gooch also featured after his recent flirtations with the first-team set-up, but there are as yet no indications that Allardyce will promote the young American to the senior side in the same way as former boss Dick Advocaat did.

Allardyce would have been impressed with the performance - which means Sunderland need just one more point to progress to the next stage of the tournament - and he will be hoping his senior players can show similar levels of ability when they take to the field at the Stadium of Light.

If senior results stay as they have been, Allardyce may even be tempted to dip into the Under-21 squad to throw players into Premier League action, and it would be hard to blame the recently appointed manager?

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