Costel Pantilimon - 7
Made some very important saves and thoroughly deserved his clean sheet.
Santiago Vergini - 6
An improvement from his Hull performance, but really an influence on the game.
John O'Shea - 8
Another quietly excellent game from the skipper. Man of the match.
Wes Brown - 7
Looked good after his rest against Hull. May be a little life in the old dog yet.
Billy Jones - 6
Really tired towards the end after a reasonably bright start to the game. Big effort from him to get through two games in such a short space of time after injury.
Liam Bridcutt - 5
Decent start cut short by injury. Just not on the pitch long enough to make any impact.
Seb Larsson - 6
Another injury victim, though he carried on as long as he could. Solid performance, but little more.
Jordi Gomez - 6
Good for a bit, bad for a bit. Good for a bit, bad for a bit. And so on and so forth. Typical Jordi.
Connor Wickham - 7
Looked the most likely to do something positive, but oh so frustrating.
Adam Johnson - 6
The odd flash of quality but nowt to get excited about.
Steven Fletcher - 6
Missed a couple of decent half-chances. Typified the 'meh' factor in Sunderland's performance really. Nowt to get excited or angry about.
Lee Cattermole - 7
Played very well after having his rest interrupted by Bridcutt's early injury.
Emanuele Giaccherini - 8
Really bright after coming on. Looked the part.
Will Buckley - 6
Positive in intent but average in application.
Man of the Match: John O'Shea
It was 0-0 and defenders were on top, but O'Shea was the best of them. Made a really crucial tackle in the first half and generally defended with huge assurance. The unsung hero of the season.