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Sunderland 1-3 Hull: Player Ratings

It was after the Lord Mayor's Show for Sunderland. We rate the players who fell victim to Steve Bruce once again.

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Costel Pantilimon - 6

Somewhat unlucky for the opening goal, as the shot from Gaston Ramirez skipped up off the turf and agonizingly over the Romanian's despairing dive. Had no chance with the second and third.

Santiago Vergini - 4

Had one of the team's few chances, as his close range shot from a tight angle was saved by Allan McGregor but was sloppy in possession and was beaten in the air by James Chester for Hull's second goal.

Sebastian Coates - 3

Failed to capitalise on his Newcastle performance. Poor in possession and not a patch on Wes Brown.

John O'Shea - 6

Easily the pick of our defenders but that's not saying much in a game where Hull scored three.

Billy Jones - 4

Pressed into action at left back after a lengthy injury absence, looked rusty and rarely supported the winger in front of him but dealt with Elmohamady well enough.

Adam Johnson - 6

Scored for the second time in two games.

Seb Larsson - 5

Worked hard as usual but struggled to make a meaningful impression on the game.

Lee Cattermole - 5

Was nowhere to be seen when Ramirez scored the opener from just outside the box, an area that he should have been protecting. Tried to drive the team on but to no avail.

Jordi Gomez - 4

Should have done better with a shot in the first half from the edge of the box but otherwise anonymous, particularly in the second half.

Ricky Alvarez - 3

Had a chance to stake a claim for a regular start but completely blew it. He hasn't played much recently but could not get into the game at all.

Steven Fletcher - 4

Showed good skill to hold the ball up at times but only at the half-way line, as the team dropped far too deep for him to be effective. Low mark indicative of team's performance, rather than his own.

Jozy Altidore (Sub) - 3

Won a corner after a good shot on the turn but ball bounced off him regularly and was just a waste of a substitution.

Emanuele Giaccherini (Sub) - 4

Good to see him back after his injury lay-off but another who failed to make an impression.

Will Buckley (Sub) - 3

Late substitution, couldn't repeat his Newcastle impact.

Man Of The Match - Adam Johnson

Capitalised on an error by the away side to give Sunderland the lead after only 30 seconds, showing good composure to round McGregor and slot the ball away. Wasn't great thereafter but the goal was enough to earn him MotM.

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