RYAN Noble was handed his first start of pre-season up front alongside Connor Wickham after grabbing a spectacular winner in Sunderland’s second Peace Cup encounter against Groningen.
Fraizer Campbell was deployed on the right, with Jack Colback on the opposite flank.
Matt Kilgallon made his first appearance of pre-season after missing the tour of South Korea through injury.
Boyhood Sunderland fan Luke James started up front for Hartlepool United, alongside Newcastle United supporter Steve Howard.
Hartlepool: Flinders, Austin, Collins, Hartley, Horwood, Franks, Walton, Sweeney, Monkhouse, James, Howard. Subs not used: Murray, Poole, Humphreys, Richards, Holden, Nish.
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Bramble, Kilgallon, Richardson, Campbell, Meyler, Cattermole, Colback, Noble, Wickham. Subs not used: Lynch, Reed, Knott, Deacon, Laing, Westwood.