Jul 19, 2014 at 3pm UK at ​The Darlington Arena
Darlington
1-5
Sunderland
Brown (72')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Fletcher (13', 20'), Giaccherini (47'), Wickham (70'), Gomez (81')

Steven Fletcher revels in comeback brace

Sunderland's Steven Fletcher during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Stoke City at Stadium of Light on January 29, 2014
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Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher says that he is pleased with his brace after marking his return from long-term injury by scoring twice against Darlington.

Steven Fletcher has revealed that he is pleased to be back amongst the goals after scoring twice in Sunderland's pre-season rout of Darlington on Saturday.

The 27-year-old returned after a four-month absence to bag a brace and help the Black Cats demolish their North East neighbours 5-1 at Heritage Park this afternoon.

Fletcher saw his 2013-14 campaign blighted by injuries as the Scot made only 13 Premier League starts, the last of which came in March.

"It was good to get minutes on the pitch after we've been training for so long," he told the club's official website. "And of course it was nice to get the two goals as well.

"I feel good after it. It was tiring and it felt like it took me a while to get going in the first 10 minutes but I'm happy with that run-out."

Emanuele Giaccherini, Connor Wickham and Jordi Gomez were also on the scoresheet for Gus Poyet's side.

Billy Jones of Sunderland is challenged by Adam Mitchell of Darlington during a pre-season friendly match between Darlington and Sunderland at Heritage Park on July 19, 2014
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