It’s two in two for Sunderland as they beat Rotherham 2-1 at the New York Stadium.
New manager David Moyes watched from the stands as his new side continued to build match fitness in their second game of pre-season on Saturday.
Fabio Borini’s volleyed effort could only be palmed into the bottom left corner by the Rotherham stopper and a late goal from trialist, Charles N’zgobia grabbed the Black Cats’s second win in as many games. Rotherham did grab a goal just after half time when Jerry Yates saw his effort find the back of the net.
Sunderland players celebrate in their new third kit. (Image source: Sunderland AFC)
53-year-old Moyes joined the club on Saturday and became the successor of Sam Allardyce, who became the manager of the England national team after weeks of speculation.
Sunderland dominated the majority of the first half and Borini scored the first goal of the Moyes’ reign when his right footed volley crept past Millers keeper Lee Camp. The goal came 27 minutes in and little else happened up until just after half time, when Yates finished with his right foot, past Vito Mannone just after the interval.
Both sides had chances to take the lead in the second half, but it was the Premier League side who grabbed their second win in as many games when trialist N’zogbia smartly finished with his left foot, seven minutes before full time.
Sunderland travel to France on Sunday before playing their third game against FC Stade Nyonnais on Monday evening. They then play Dijon FCO on Wednesday, Montpellier on Saturday and then play their final game of pre-season and their toughest test when they play Borussia Dortmund, eight days before kicking off their Premier League campaign.
Camp, Kelly, Mattock (Thorpe 38), Halford (Forster-Caskey 42), Broadfoot, Wood, Forde, Frecklington (Dawson 69), Ward, Yates, Smallwood (Bailey-King 77).
Pickford (Mannone 46), J Robson, Kone (E Robson 84), Kaboul (Ledger 77), van Aanholt, Rodwell, N’Zogbia, Lens (Greenwood 88), Khazri (Gooch 64), Borini (Watmore 55), Defoe (Honeyman 75).