The story of the evening as Sunderland are held to draw at York City - with key men absent
Sunderland face another pre-season test at National League North side York City this evening.
The Black Cats began their preparations for the new League One season with a draw at Spennymoor Town, before then putting in an impressive performance during a 2-0 win against Hearts on Saturday.
Lee Johnson will be hoping that his side can build upon that fine showing as they head to the York Community Stadium this evening in their third public pre-season outing.
A similar squad is expected to take part in the fixture, although Sunderland could welcome back some of their previous absentees for this evening’s fixture.
A crowd of up to 2,000 will watch the game this evening, with the Minstermen looking to take another scalp after beating Newcastle United on Saturday.
Phil Smith and Mark Donnelly will be at the game for the Echo, bringing you team news, updates, analysis, reaction and more from the game.
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FT: York City 1-1 Sunderland AFC (Willoughby 52; Neil 29)
Last updated: Wednesday, 21 July, 2021, 19:07
- Sunderland head to York City this evening (7pm kick-off)
- The Black Cats will be looking to build on a positive performance in the 2-0 win at Hearts on Saturday
- Callum Doyle and Corry Evans could both be involved - but Luke O’Nien may miss out through injury
- Sunderland XI: Burge, Younger, Flanagan, Doyle, Dyce, Neil, Evans, Gooch, Embleton, McGeady, Stewart
And welcome to our live blog!
We’re on the road once again, this time to the brand-new York Community Stadium to see if Sunderland can build upon their win at Hearts with another good performance against National League North side York City.
Lee Johnson will likely once again rotate his side for the game, and we’ll have all the team news, build-up, analysis, action and more right here throughout the evening.
I’m Mark Donnelly and, along with our chief football writer Phil Smith, I’ll be bringing you the latest from the game.
So, let’s get started...
Is there a live stream for York City v Sunderland AFC?
Sunderland fans will be able to stream the clash against York City for FREE.
That’s because the home side have announced that they will show the game against the Black Cats on their YouTube channel.
Some interesting stuff from Tom Flanagan!
So what do we know about York City?
The Minstermen currently ply their trade in the National League North - but have already secured some eye-catching results in pre-season.
York beat Newcastle on Saturday and will be eyeing another scalp this evening.
In terms of familiar names, experienced striker Clayton Donaldson is expected to line-up up top, while the likes of Paddy McLaughlin and Michael Duckworth have previously played in the North East with Hartlepool.
Who will be in the Sunderland team this evening?
Sunderland’s squad is likely to be similar to that which played Hearts on Saturday, although some players could return.
Luke O’Nien is a doubt and may return at Harrogate on Saturday, but Bailey Wright could be involved tonight.
It remains to be seen if Alex Pritchard and Josh Hawkes will be able to return.
Corry Evans and Callum Doyle are once again set to feature, as are some of the club’s youngsters.
Predicted squad to travel to York City: Lee Burge, Anthony Patterson, Jacob Carney, Kenton Richardson, Tyrese Dyce, Bailey Wright, Tom Flanagan, Callum Doyle, Oliver Younger, Dan Neil, Elliot Embleton, Carl Winchester, Corry Evans, Sam Wilding, Lynden Gooch, Jack Diamond, AIden McGeady, Ellis Taylor, Aiden O’Brien, Will Grigg, Ross Stewart
Our team are in place!
The Sunderland squad are here!
And the big news is that youngsters Josh Hawkes and Benji Kimpioka are back in the squad.
Hawkes was absent with COVID, while Kimpioka enjoyed an extended break after his play-off exploits with Torquay.
BREAKING: THE TEAM NEWS IS IN!
And here’s how Sunderland line-up this evening: Burge, Younger, Flanagan, Doyle, Dyce, Neil, Evans, Gooch, Embleton, McGeady, Stewart
And on the bench: Patterson, O’Brien, Diamond, Taylor, Hawkes, Kimpioka, Newall, Richardson, Wilding
That’s three changes from the side that beat Hearts at the weekend, with Lee Burge, Oliver Younger and Corry Evans all handed starts.
Anthony Patterson, Carl Winchester and Aiden O’Brien drop out the side – while Josh Hawkes and Benji Kimpioka both make the bench.
Winchester doesn’t even make the bench, and joins Will Grigg, Bailey Wright and Luke O’Nien in missing out.
It looks like a 4-2-3-1/4-3-3 for the Black Cats tonight.
Here’s how York City line-up this evening...
Sunderland are out to warm-up
And the blazing sun is beaming down on the York Community Stadium.
Mark Prudhoe, the club’s academy goalkeeping coach, is working with the goalkeepers this evening. David Preece was assisting the club last week.
Not long to go now!
And Sunderland are going through the final stages of their warm-up.
As expected, the side are warming-up a back four with Oliver Younger at right-back.
Aiden McGeady’s name has just received a big cheer from the crowd - here’s hoping he can replicate his performance from Saturday!
Here we go...
The two teams emerge from the tunnel on the immaculate playing surface - a chorus of ‘Ha’way The Lads!’ greets the visiting side!
Aiden McGeady leads out the Black Cats and will wear the armband this evening.
1 - Aaaaaaand we’re off!
Sunderland get the ball rolling!
Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has just taken his place in the stand for this evening’s fixture.
3 - A positive start from Sunderland
The Black Cats have begun brightly here, and have been asking most of the early questions.
There’s been no clear-cut chances as of yet though - although Corry Evans did send a speculative early drive over the bar.
6 - A better spell from York
The hosts win two successive corners, the first of which is begging for a touch but flashes across the face of goal.
King’s second delivery then lands on the roof of the net.