Black Cats cruise to victory against Hartlepool as Sam Allardyce looks set to leave for England job.

Sunderland beat Pools 3-0 tonight in their first game of pre season. Jermain Defoe grabbed two goals. The first came when he beat the defender for pace and finished with ease. The second was a terrific snapshot strike into the top left corner. Moments before Defoe’s strike, Wahbi Khazri made it 2-0 when Defoe’s effort bounced back off the post.

The main talking point was Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce and his imminent departure to become England manager, which was announced an hour before kick off. Allardyce failed to come back out into the dugout for the second half, but many reports suggest he was saying his final farewells to his senior players, who had came off at half time for the youngsters.

Speculation surrounding Allardyce’s future had been circulating for weeks, much to the despair of fans on wearside.

A great first half

The Black Cats couldn’t have asked for a better start to their first pre-season game when Defoe latched onto a long through ball and finished into the bottom right corner past Hartlepool keeper, Trevor Carson.

Wahbi Khazri made it two just eight minutes later after a lovely passing exchange between him and Defoe, who dropped the shoulder and got his shot off which hit the post and was then put in by Khazri who had initially started the move.

Pools manager Craig Hignett feared the worst as it looked like it would be a long night for the League two side. It was then game over when Fabio Borini’s shot was saved by Carson, but fell into the feet of Defoe, who finessed his shot out of reach of the stopper.

Sunderland began to slow the pace down after 30 minutes, but Rodwell found space inside the opposition penalty box and fired into the bottom left, only to be denied by a brilliant save.

No sign of Allardyce after the interval

The Black Cats made 11 changes at the interval, giving the youngsters a chance to showcase their skills. Allardyce was reportedly saying his farewells to senior players and left Victoria Park before 70 minutes to be appointed as new England manager tomorrow. Sunderland fans were left confused as to why the 61-year-old wouldn’t say his farewells to fans at the end of the game and were questioning whether or not that would be the way the romance with Allardyce would die.

Hartlepool-United-v-Sunderland-Pre-Season-Friendly Allardyce all smiles prior to this evenings friendly win against Hartlepool United.

The second half of football wasn’t filled with chances and failed to live up to the first half excitement. Fans did appreciate the chance to see the youngsters in action, despite the little amount of chances created.

The one notable good piece of football came from George Honeyman when he made light work of his man on the right hand side, played a one-two with Duncan Watmore, and dragged his shot narrowly wide of the far post.

The full time whistle was blown and Sunderland fans began to leave Victoria Park, left bewildered of the club’s situation.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED
CARSON, RICHARDS, CARROLL, FEATHERSTONE, NSIALA, BATES, LAURENT, WOODS, AMOND, ALESSANDRA, DEVEDICS
SUNDERLAND AFC
MANNONE, JONES, VAN AANHOLT, KABOUL, KONE, CATTERMOLE, LENS, RODWELL, DEFOE, KHAZRI, BORINI
2ND HALF: SUNDERLAND AFC (11 Changes)
PICKFORD, ROBSON, LEDGER, BEADLING, GOOCH, ROBSON, ROBSON, HONEYMAN, GREENWOOD, N’ZOGBIA, WATMORE
SCORE
0-1, MIN. 7, DEFOE
0-2, MIN. 15, KHAZRI
0-3, MIN. 20, DEFOE
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