Sunderland Vs Manchester City: Player Ratings

Chris Brunskill

Each week we give you something to moan about that's not the match (directly) with some player ratings. Check this week's out here...

Vito Mannone - 8

A surprise start head of a fit again Keiren Westwood, but well worth his inclusion with solid display. Made some very good stops when under the cosh in the second half. Other than that though what little he had to do, he did it very well.

Ondrej Celustka - 7

The whole back for as a unit were very good, but to break it down into performances on an individual basis, Celustka perhaps guilty at times of pumping the ball long when it wasn't required. Kinda nit-picky that though. He was part of a superb rear-guard today.

John O'Shea - 9

Early concerns when he started pumping it long for no reason but he soon got out of that. Marshalled the defence very well indeed when we were under immense pressure.

Wes Brown - 10

Just magnificent in defence. More on him further down...

Phil Bardsley - 9

Your eyes do no deceive you, and no that's not a minus nine. As much as it pains anyone to say after the last few months of his existence at Sunderland, to look at this game in isolation he was absolutely brilliant. Made numerous blocks and scored the all important goal. Took that very well too.

Seb Larsson - 8

Ki will rightly take a lot of the credit in midfield, but Larsson's contribution shouldn't be over looked. After an earlier incident where he could and should have been carded, he got on with the game well and made some vital interceptions, putting himself on the line when it mattered most.

Ki Seung-Yong - 9

A very classy performance from Ki. Sat in front of the defence well and was almost as if his role was to be our 'reset' button. Everything that was any good started or involved Ki it seemed, and he was integral to us maintaining possession and holding on for three valuable points.

Jack Colback - 7

Colback seemed to get lost a little in midfield today, perhaps overshadowed by two better performers. When he moved over to the left wing though he provided excellent help to nullify Jesus Navas.

Adam Johnson - 7

Certainly looked 'up for it' but didn't manage to find the final ball quite as much as anyone would have liked. Worked incredibly hard though for the team.

Emanuele Giaccherini - 7

Much the same as Johnson really. Hard-working, but little end product. Can't grumble too much though, this was very much a team win.

Steven Fletcher - 7

Caused problems for the defence in the first half before drifting out of it a little in the second. Didn't get too many chances, but worked to try and create some for himself.

Craig Gardner - 6

Allowed us to reshuffle the midfield into a unit which would ultimately stifle City, but you didn't really notice him too much.

Jozy Altidore - 6

Came on for the final fifteen minutes and gave the visitors defence something to think about. Provided a good, mobile outlet for punts up field, which is what we had resorted to with minutes left to play.

Fabio Borini - 5

Only on for a couple of minutes and I'm not sure he even touched the ball. I will however use this to point out, after a few weeks of complaints regarding our ratings, that a five tends to be the starting point, with players moving up or down based on performance.

Man Of The Match: Wes Brown

He's big, he's bad, he's Wesley Brown. Brown was simply magnificent today in defence remaining a calm head when it was needed most. Provided some quality tackles, interceptions and timely clearances. Just a wall at thee back which City couldn't get past. Shouts to Ki, Larsson and Bardsley too, but Brown more than deserves the accolade today.

We'll have more match reaction in the coming days in our match stream HERE.

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