Stade Nyonnais 0 Sunderland 2 report: Winning start for David Moyes after Duncan Watmore double

Duncan Watmore celebrates
Duncan Watmore celebrates
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Duncan Watmore was the hero as David Moyes' reign as Sunderland manager got off to a winning start.

Sunderland beat Swiss third division side FC Stade Nyonnais 2-0 at a picturesque Stade Camille-Fournier on the banks of Lake Geneva thanks to a Watmore brace.

It was the perfect setting, as Moyes' side got off to the perfect start under his watch.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss named a youthful side, with only Vito Mannone, Billy Jones, Lee Cattermole, Duncan Watmore and Jack Rodwell regular first team players.

Nyonnais twice threatened Mannone from distance in the first half but it was a comfortable night overall for Sunderland - who dominated proceedings.

It was the hosts that had the first sight on goal though, Karim Chentouf testing the reactions of Mannone from long-range.

The Italian deal with it comfortably, as Sunderland ramped up their attacking play in front of around 500 of their supporters.

Lynden Gooch's whipped-in cross found Duncan Watmore at the near post but he blazed over from six-yards.

George Honeyman should have opened the scoring moments later but didn't do enough to test Osni Mutombo, the keeper parrying the ball away.

Watmore wasted another opening, shooting wide 20 minutes in but he looked dangerous leading the line, with good support from the flanks via Rees Greenwood and Gooch.

Watmore was getting closer and he got his rewards in the 38th minute when he won and converted a penalty past Mutombo.

And on the stroke of half-time it was 2-0. Watmore again from the spot after George Honeyman was fouled.

Mass substitutions ensured the second half didn't have the same flow as the first, with Nyonnais enjoying their best spell of the game.

Besnik Salihaj forced Mannone into another smart save, while Lucas shot wide from close range when he should really have halved the deficit.

Sunderland, with a re-jigged centre-half partnership of Jones and Michael Ledger, held the Swiss side at bay though.

This was probably the toughest test the Sunderland defence has faced this pre-season, with Hartlepool United and Rotherham not testing the Black Cats for large periods.

Youngster Joel Asoro came on for Watmore, who had moments earlier been on the end of a hefty challenge.

Sunderland lost their attacking threat until Fabio Borini, Whabi Khazri and Jeremain Lens entered the fray in the 75th minute.

Lens' didn't quite have his shooting boots on though when he blasted an effort high over the Nyonnais goal with just minutes remaining.

Watmore's first-half brace from the penalty spot ensured Moyes got off to a winning start though - with three confidence-building wins on the spin now for the Black Cats.

FC Stade Nyonnais: Mutombo, Etchegoyen, Golay, Maric (c), Duarte, Boillat, Kaya, Hochstrasser, Chentouf, Valente, Simunac. Booked: Golay

Sunderland: Mannone, Jones, Ledger, Rodwell (J. Robson, 45), T.Robson (Van Aanholt, 75), Cattermole (N'Zogbia, 45), E.Robson, Gooch (Khazri, 75), Honeyman (Lens, 75), Greenwood (Borini, 75), Watmore (Asoro, 63) Subs Not Used: Pickford, Stryjek, Kaboul, Kone. Booked: E. Robson (55, foul)