Hartlepool 1 Sunderland 1: Story of the match after Elliot Embleton penalty and own goal in pre-season draw

Sunderland drew 1-1 with Hartlepool United in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.

Sunderland fell behind in the first half when Jake Hastie’s cross deflected into the visitors’ net off Ellis Taylor.

The Black Cats drew level on the stroke of half-time when Jack Diamond was brought down in the box and Elliot Embleton converted from the penalty spot.

Alex Neil’s side will now prepare for their Championship opener against Coventry at the Stadium of Light.

Hartlepool vs Sunderland

Here’s how the match played out at Hartlepool.

RECAP: Hartlepool 1 (own goal, 3) Sunderland 1 (Embleton, 45, pen)

Last updated: Tuesday, 26 July, 2022, 08:41

  • Sunderland XI: Carney, Hume, Batth, Alese, Winchester, Matete, O’Nien, Embleton, Sonha (Spellman, 85), Taylor, Diamond
  • Subs: Patterson, Wright, Ballard, Cirkin, Gooch, Evans, Neil, Spellman, Pritchard, Clarke, Roberts, Stewart
  • Hartlepool XI: Killip, Tumility, Lacey, Murray, Ferguson, Featherstone, Cooke, Crawford, Hastie, Grey, Hamilton
  • Subs: Letheran, Menayese, Paterson, Niang, Shelton, Ndjoli, Umerah

Reaction from Alex Neil

Reaction from the Suit Direct Stadium

Full-Time: Hartlepool 1 Sunderland 1

90+1’ Crawford header saved

A late chance for the hosts but Crawford’s header lacked power and was straight at Carney.

Two minutes added time

86’ Another Pools chance

Sunderland could have easily fallen behind here.

Umerah fires another effort over from close range.

85’ First change for Sunderland

84’ Sunderland getting sloppy

A loose pass from Matete in midfield allowed Pools to break forward again.

Tumilty’s cross from the right was caught by Carney.

82’ Carney saves

Pools are finishing the match strong.

Carney keeps out Umerah’s effort from close range.

The match has suddenly opened up a bit.

81’ Close from Grey

A rare attack from Pools saw the hosts break down the right there.

Grey cut inside but his effort deflected over the bar off Alese.

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