The story of the day as Will Grigg and Dan Neil steal the show in Sunderland's late win over Harrogate Town
Sunderland take on Harrogate Town in their final pre-season friendly – and we’ll be bringing you the latest from the Stadium of Light.
Having already beaten Gateshead and Carlisle United, the Black Cats will be looking to make it three from three when the North Yorkshire side come to town.
And we’ll be bringing you live match updates, analysis, reaction and more from Sunderland’s last game before competitive football begins.
Simply scroll down throughout the afternoon for all the latest from the game:
RECAP: Sunderland AFC 1-0 Harrogate Town (Grigg 85)
Last updated: Saturday, 29 August, 2020, 16:04
- Sunderland welcome Harrogate Town in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.
- The Black Cats have already beaten Gateshead and Carlisle United in the build-up to the 2020/21 campaign.
- Phil Parkinson is set to rotate his side once again as he builds-up towards the game with Hull City on September 5.
- Sunderland AFC XI: Burge, Wright, McLaughlin, Flanagan, O’Nien, Hume, Dobson, Power, O’Brien, Neil, Grigg
Here’s how Harrogate will line-up today
There’s a starting place for former Black Cat Jon Stead, who leads the line.
It’s another rainy day!
As it was against Carlisle on Tuesday afternoon, there’s plenty of rain around today.
It gave the surface a bit of extra zip in the middle of the week and seemed to benefit the Black Cats - so here’s hoping it’s the same again today!
And here we go!
As is becoming the norm, the teams trickle out the tunnel one-by-one - and handshakes are of course off the table at the moment.
It has to be said, ‘Invaders Must Die’ doesn’t have the same effect when players are walking onto the field in a more relaxed manner…
But anyway, back to what we’re all here for - football!
1 - We’re off!
The Black Cats get us started at the Stadium of Light.
Max Power is captaining Sunderland today, as he’s expected to do next week - should Grant Leadbitter not start.
5 - A positive start from the visitors
It’s been a fairly lifeless opening to the friendly, but it’s Harrogate who have been doing most of the attacking in the early stages.
They haven’t troubled Lee Burge as of yet though, and Sunderland haven’t been majorly panicked.
The Black Cats’ first opening came after some good work from O’Nien on the right. He found Maguire but his cross was nodded away by Will Smith before Wyke could get onto the delivery.
8 - Scrappy.
That’s about the only word I can use to describe proceedings so far.
No real chances for either side and nor has either outfit been able to string together anything resembling a positive move.
Sunderland have let the visitors play our from the back a few times, much to the dismay of Phil Parkinson who was calling for his forward players to press.
Harrogate have won a couple of corners - the first of which was a decent delivery but nodded behind by Wyke.
The second was headed over by Will Smith.
The verdict on the first 10 minutes
13 - Slightly better...
Some positive signs from Sunderland, there.
Flanagan spots O’Nien galloping away down the right and switches the play ahead of him. The pass is slightly too heavy meaning O’Nien has to cross first time, and his delivery is far too high for Wyke - who was the only man in the box.
Not a chance, but better than what we’ve seen in the early stages.
Moments later, Sunderland put together the best move of the game so far. It involved some slick one-touch stuff from O’Nien, Scowen and Power and saw Maguire released down the right - but his low cross was headed away.
More of that, please!
19 - A half-chance for Harrogate
A half-chance is probably a bit complimentary but, to be honest, there’s little else happening in what has been a drab first 20 minutes.
Lloyd Kerry found himself in some space 25 yards from goal and fired his shot weeeeeeeeeeeell over.
But moments later there was a real half chance as the visitors countered and quickly found Thomson, whose low shot was comfortable for Burge.
The first save of the afternoon, but a routine one for the Sunderland stopper.