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Aston Villa Vs Sunderland: Player Ratings

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Sunderland travelled to Villa Park this evening to take on Aston Villa and were on the end of an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Villains - here's what little I made of the lads in red and white

Laurence Griffiths

Simon Mignolet - 5

I don't want to be harsh on our player of the season who didn't really do that much wrong but still had to pick the ball out of the net six times tonight, as backwards as that sounds.

Phil Bardsley - 3

Just awful.

John O'Shea - 5

Not a particularly bad showing from O'Shea but was still part of a defence that shipped six.

Carlos Cuellar - 4

Bad day at the office for Cuellar after starting relatively well. Not a happy return to Villa Park.

Danny Rose - 7

Easily the best player in a red and white shirt, not that he had much competition. Sparked a lovely flowing move for the equaliser and took his goal very well indeed. Brushed off a number of robust Villa challenges and got on with his game. We simply have to keep this lad.

Craig Gardner - 1

Abysmal

Alfred N'Diaye - 6

A typical Alfie performance in many respects. Put himself about with countless challenges and also a couple of decent balls.

Adam Johnson - 5

Worked the ball into a couple of decent positions and delivered some decent balls into the area which unfortunately didn't lead to anything.

Sebastian Larsson - 4

IS NOT A LEFT SIDED MIDFIELDER

Stephane Sessegnon - 5

Looked lively at times in the first half and the most likely to unlock the Villa defence. Received a debatable red card for a challenge on Sylla in the second half. Will be a huge miss for the side going into the last few games, unless any Sunderland appeal is successful.

Danny Graham - 5

Won his share of aerial battles in the first half and was instrumental in the buildup to Rose's goal. Starved of service in the second half as Sunderland hit the self destruct button

James McClean - 4

Difficult to judge McClean given the game that he entered, did nothing wrong but was never going to be able to positively effect the game.

David Vaughan - 3

Grabbed himself an assist following his introduction.

Mikael Madron - 4

Was good to see the much talked about youngster make his senior debut and could easily have grabbed himself a goal with a towering header. Hopefully the next time we see him will be in better circumstances.

Man of the Match - Danny Rose

A bit of a wooden spoon award given tonight's shocking showing but Rose was his usual industrious self. Short and his team have to move heaven and earth to secure this lad's signature.

Keep the faith