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

Result: Sunderland see off Darlington at Heritage Park

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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Sunderland thrash Darlington 5-1 at Heritage Park in their pre-season friendly.

Steven Fletcher marked his return with two goals as Sunderland beat Darlington 5-1 at Heritage Park this afternoon.

Fletcher notched twice in the opening 20 minutes of his first game since March, sending Gus Poyet's men in at the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.

Emanuele Giaccherini and Connor Wickham added further goals in the second half before Gary Brown netted a consolation for Martin Gray's Quakers.

Debutant Jordi Gomez also got on the score sheet for Sunderland, blasting home the pick of the afternoon's goals to make it 5-1.

Sunderland next pre-season friendly is against Carlisle on Tuesday

Gustavo Poyet the Sunderland manager celebrates his team's 1-0 victory during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Sunderland at Old Trafford on May 3, 2014
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