Loan Watch: Amad sparkles for the Black Cats
Amad garnered yet further praise from Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray this weekend, after the Ivorian scored and assisted in the Black Cats’ 2-1 away win at Birmingham.
The attacker came up against fellow United loanee Hannibal at St Andrew's on Friday night and made the difference for his side, assisting Ellis Sims’ opener before doubling the lead after half-time with a simply stunning individual effort.
Lukas Jutkiewicz got one back for the hosts in the latter stages, but Mowbray’s men were able to see out the win and take the three points back to Wearside.
After the match, as has been the case on a couple of occasions already this term, Mowbray waxed lyrical about the United loanee.
"A moment of MAGIC!" 🔮✨— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) November 11, 2022
Amad Diallo that is superb! 😍 pic.twitter.com/h02qerh3Ib
“Amad has come to the party,” he said. “I think there's an understanding now that this kid has got real talent and deserves to be well-respected within the football team.
“I left [Patrick Roberts] out for Amad tonight because in training he has been unbelievable with the ball, how fast he is, how direct he is.
"He's an amazing footballer.”
Also in the Championship, Ethan Laird played the full 90 minutes as Queens Park Rangers were defeated 2-0 away to Coventry.
Viktor Gyokeres scored in both halves to earn the three points for the hosts, which saw QPR drop to seventh in the Championship table.
Alvaro Fernandez was also subject to a Championship loss at the weekend, with the wing-back coming on as a 67th-minute substitute in Preston’s 4-2 home defeat to Millwall.
After falling behind to a Zian Fleming double, the hosts drew level through Andrew Hughes and Ched Evans in the first half. However, Fleming completed his hat-trick and Charlie Cresswell added a fourth in the second half to seal the win.
That clean sheet feeling. 😁 pic.twitter.com/xGnB1BFZ1e— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) November 13, 2022
In the Premier League, Dean Henderson kept a clean sheet as Nottingham Forest recorded a vital 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at the City Ground.
Morgan Gibbs-White’s second-half effort was enough to ensure the three points, as Henderson and his defence thwarted Palace’s attempts to get level.
Finally, Ethan Galbraith played the full 90 minutes of Salford’s goalless draw with Wimbledon, while Matej Kovar kept a clean sheet for Sparta Prague in a 1-0 home win over SK Dynamo.