Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Giaccherini Spells Double Trouble for Battling Quakers; DARLINGTON 1883 2 SUNDERLAND 4

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Giaccherini Spells Double Trouble for Battling Quakers; DARLINGTON 1883 2 SUNDERLAND 4

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Byline: James Hunter Sports Writer twitter: @JHUNTERCHRON

EMANUELE Giaccherini scored twice as Sunderland overcame a two-goal deficit to kick off their pre-season programme with a win against Darlington 1883.

The Black Cats were poor in the first half against the Northern Premier League side and trailed 2-0 to goals from Stephen Thompson and ex-Sunderland academy player Adam Mitchell.

However, Giaccherini pulled a goal back midway through the half and then Danny Graham levelled early in the second period.

Substitute goalkeeper Vito Mannone saved a penalty from Thompson after ex-Sunderland youngster David Dowson had been fouled by new signing George Brady, who had come on at half-time.

Substitute Connor Wickham put Sunderland ahead just after the hour and Giaccherini wrapped things up 20 minutes from time with the best goal of the night.

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat rates academy products Jordan Pickford and Tom Beadling highly and he included both in his starting line-up at Heritage Park.

Sunderland created two early half-chances, Brown heading behind from an Adam Johnson cross and Darlington's Terry Galbraith blocking a shot from Jermain Defoe behind for a corner. However, it was the non-league side who struck first after Lee Cattermole was caught in possession midway inside his own half in the eighth minute.

Thompson seized on the loose ball 25 yards out and rocketed an unstoppable shot past Pickford into the bottom left-hand corner.

Darlington doubled their lead in the 18th minute, however, and again the goal came as a result of another Sunderland mistake.

The Black Cats wasted a corner and when the home side played the ball long from the back there was confusion as Brown stepped up to catch Mitchell offside - only for Liam Bridcutt to drop back and play him on.

That left Mitchell in the clear and, spotting Pickford had raced to the edge of the area, he lobbed the retreating goalkeeper. …

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