The story of the day as Aiden McGeady's brace fires Sunderland to encouraging pre-season win at Hearts
Sunderland continued their pre-season preparations with a friendly at Hearts this weekend.
After a draw at Spennymoor Town a fortnight ago, followed by two behind closed doors fixtures against local opponents last weekend, the Black Cats headed to Tynecastle ready for a step-up in opposition.
Lee Johnson’s side have been based in Edinburgh for the majority of the week as part of a pre-season training camp and will hope to end a fruitful week with victory against the Scottish Premiership side.
The game could saw summer signings Corry Evans and Callum Doyle handed their debuts – while Aiden McGeady featured for the first time since penning fresh contracts.
A number of the club’s promising youngsters were also be involved.
Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly were at the game for The Echo, bringing you build-up, team news, match coverage, analysis, insight, reaction and more from the pre-season fixture – which you can relive here.
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FT: Hearts 0-2 Sunderland AFC (McGeady 15, 42)
Last updated: Saturday, 17 July, 2021, 15:08
- Sunderland travel to Tynecastle in their second public pre-season friendly.
- Lee Johnson is again set to experiment with his squad ahead of the new League One season.
- SAFC XI: Patterson, Winchester, Doyle, Flanagan, Dyce, Neil, Embleton, McGeady, Gooch, O’Brien, Stewart
The Sunderland squad are here!
And it’s pretty much as expected in terms of personnel - with no Alex Pritchard given his positive COVID-19 test.
New signings Corry Evans and Callum Doyle are here, along with youngsters such as Tyrese Dyce and Oliver Younger.
Will Grigg has also travelled, while Arbenit Xhemajli is here - but unlikely to play any part.
BREAKING: THE TEAM NEWS IS IN!
And here’s how Sunderland line-up for the friendly at Hearts: Patterson, Winchester, Doyle, Flanagan, Dyce, Neil, Embleton, McGeady, Gooch, O’Brien, Stewart
And on the bench: Burge, Grigg, Taylor, Richardson, Evans, Diamond, Younger, Wilding
It could be a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 for the Black Cats, but whatever the formation it looks like Carl Winchester is at right-back.
There’s a debut for Callum Doyle, with Corry Evans on the bench.
No place for Bailey Wright, Luke O’Nien or Alex Pritchard.
And here’s how Hearts line-up...
Confusingly, their goalkeeper is also called Ross Stewart!
Sunderland are out to warm-up!
Not that they need it today, the sun is beaming down on Tynecastle and it’s a lovely day!
Luke O’Nien - who isn’t named in the squad today - is involved in the early parts of the warm-up.
Not long to go now...
And Sunderland are going through the final stages of their warm-up.
As expected, the side are preparing in a back four with Carl Winchester on the right-hand side.
The owner is watching on today!
And he’s joined by sporting director Kristjaan Speakman.
Here. We. Go...
The two teams have emerged from the tunnels at Tynecastle, and kick-off is just moments away!
Lynden Gooch is wearing the armband for the Black Cats today.
We’ll have all the big updates right here...
1 - Aaaaaand we’re off!
Hearts get the ball rolling in front of a vocal home crowd.
2 - A positive start from Sunderland
And we’ve already seen Callum Doyle’s quality, as he carried the ball out of the back well before playing a fine pass into the path of Ross Stewart.
The Black Cats then won a corner - prompting shouts of ‘useless’ from the home crowd - which went short to Gooch, but his delivery was blocked at the source.
7 - Hearts are growing into this
The hosts are starting to see more of the ball, but chances are still at a premium so far.
Gooch just managed to get to the byline and dink in a cross, which was claimed by Hearts ‘keeper Ross Stewart before Sunderland striker Ross Stewart can connect.