Sunderland rounded of their pre-season with a win over Danish Superliga side FC Midtjylland. Adam Johnson's first half strike was enough to ensure the Black Cats left Denmark with the win and ready for the upcoming season.
It took the Black Cats just six minutes to open their account and it was Johnson who got his name on the scoresheet. The Englishman received a clever pass from new signing Jozy Altidore, and the winger took it superbly before firing past Jonas Lossi.
Frank Kristensen thought he pulled the hosts level but his headed effort was brilliantly saved by Keiren Westwood. The Irish number one clawed the ball away ensuring the Stadium of Light outfit remained in front.
Sunderland new boy Emanuele Giaccherini, who produced a excellent performance, thought he had doubled the Black Cats lead only to be denied by Lossi of FC Midtjylland.
A host of substitutions by Midtjyland, in which an entire XI took to the field, was not enough to prevent Sunderland from getting the win and it was playmaker Stephane Sessegnon who came closest to scoring when he hit the bar with minutes remaining.
Journalists caught up with Paolo Di Canio after the game and the Italian was far from happy with his sides peformance.
"I'm not happy", he said. "I didn't see the performance I wanted to see.
"We have ten days to go and it is the last real game before the start of the season- I'm not happy because it was an important game for me.
"Every game is important of course, but i would have preferred to lose the game and see a better attitude and more improvement in our play, rather than win and take one step back from what we showed in Hong Kong."
Sunderland kick off their campaign on August 17th, when they will welcome Fulham to the Stadium of Light.
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