The story of the day as Charlie Wyke grabs the headlines in Sunderland's win over Carlisle United
Sunderland continued their preparations for the new League One season with a visit from Carlisle United today – and we brought you live updates from the behind closed doors clash.
Chris Beech’s men provided a step-up in quality for the Black Cats after their weekend win over Gateshead, as Phil Parkinson looked to hand further minutes to his first-team cohort.
You can now recap all the team news, match updates, analysis and reaction from the afternoon and evening – simply scroll down:
RECAP: Sunderland 3-1 Carlisle United (Wyke 63, 80, Maguire 70; Alessandra 52)
Last updated: Tuesday, 25 August, 2020, 15:01
- Sunderland welcome Carlisle United in a behind closed doors friendly (kick-off 3pm).
- It will be the Black Cats’ second game of the summer, following on from Saturday’s 3-1 win at Gateshead.
- Phil Parkinson is set to take the opportunity to hand more minutes to his squad ahead of the September 12 clash with Bristol Rovers.
- Sunderland XI: Patterson, Wright, Flanagan, Taylor, Leadbitter, Dobson, Maguire, Neil, Hume, O’Nien, Wyke
And welcome to our live blog from Sunderland’s second pre-season friendly!
The games are coming thick and fact as we move closer to a return of competitive football, with Carlisle United today’s opponents in another behind closed doors clash.
We’ll have all the latest team news, updates, analysis and reaction throughout the afternoon - so stick with us!
Early team news from the Sunderland camp
Sunderland are likely to be without attacking midfielder Elliot Embleton - who was withdrawn from the win at Gateshead as a precautionary measure after feeling tightness in his thigh.
The Black Cats could hand an opportunity to stopper Remi Matthews who missed the game at the International Stadium as he awaited the results of a coronavirus test.
Meanwhile, trialist Arbenit Xhemajli could once again feature after playing the second half on Tyneside.
Eyes on the opposition
Carlisle United travel to Wearside in what is their fourth pre-season friendly.
The Cumbrians - managed by former Hartlepool United midfielder Chris Beech - beat Wigan Athletic on Saturday having previously drawn with Gateshead and lost to Fleetwood Town.
There are no former Black Cats in the Carlisle ranks, but Sunderland striker Charlie Wyke spent a successful spell at Brunton Park earlier in his career.
Max Power looks ahead to today’s game
The plan is to play an hour, so it will be nice to get that longer stint in and I’ve always said pre-season is a good opportunity to create good habits. Carlisle will be a step up from Saturday’s game and that’s no disrespect to Gateshead. The start of the season is not too far away now, so it’s important that we start gearing up in match situations and really get that competitive edge back.
Full streaming details have now been confirmed
Here’s how you can live stream today’s pre-season friendly…
An interesting transfer story before kick-off...
New Zealand international defender Tommy Smith is still searching for a new club after leaving Sunderland.
The centre back, who failed to make a first-team appearance for the Black Cats, has been training with Colchester United and was also thought to be a potential target for Hearts as they seek defensive reinforcements.
Talks with the Scottish side are understood to have come to nothing, leaving the 30-year-old to continue his search for a club.
But a move to India could now be on the cards, with TM India reporting that Smith is on the radar of Kerala Blasters – the Indian Super League side who have been hunting for a new defender all summer.
The Tuskers have previously signed a number of high-profile internationals, including former Black Cat Wes Brown and Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov.
THE TEAMS ARE IN!
And here’s how Sunderland line-up this afternoon: Patterson, McLaughlin, Flanagan, Willis, Feeney, Power, Diamond, Scowen, Grigg, O’Brien, Gooch
And here’s the subs: Hume, Matthews, Wyke, Dobson, Maguire, Leadbitter, O’Nien, Hackett, Wright, Taylor, Neil
It looks like the usual back three for Sunderland - with Flanagan, Willis and Feeney playing the three central roles.
We’d imagine Conor McLaughlin will play left wing-back with Diamodn on the left - then Grigg up top with O’Brien and Gooch behind.
Interestingly, trialist Arbenit Xhemajli is not in the squad. Nor is Lee Burge.
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So where is Xhemajli?
The centre back doesn’t play today - but that doesn’t mean a deal is dead.
It’s understood that Xhemajli has returned to Switzerland as talks over a potential contract continue.
Phil Parkinson is in needed of a centre back, but is keen to ensure he secures the right player - given he already has a limited number of spaces remaining in his 22-man squad.