Costel Pantilimon - 7
Dependable and authoritative. It's becoming the Romanian's norm.
Santiago Vergini - 6
Not the adorable Argentine's most adorable performance, but adorably adorable nonetheless.
John O'Shea - 8
Continued his fine form of late, seemingly getting his head first to just about everything.
Wes Brown - 8
Outstanding on his return to the side.
Anthony Reveillere - 6
Looked a little vulnerable for the first time in a Sunderland shirt, but still fairly decent in fairness.
Liam Bridcutt - 9
Brilliant. Man of the match.
Seb Larsson - 8
Did really well again with his tireless working and growing range of passing. Has developed into a central midfield player of real substance.
Jordi Gomez - 7
Had a few very good twenty minute spells, had a couple of pretty bad ones. Kind of what he does, I think.
Adam Johnson - 7
A bit similar to Gomez really. Looked likely to create something, but never did.
Connor Wickham - 7
Should have had a penalty early on and worked his socks off.
Jozy Altidore - 7
Put in one hell of a shift and held the ball up pretty well in often tough circumstances.
Ricky Alvarez (Sub) - 6
Showed a bit of quality again. Probably time he was starting games now.
Lee Cattermole (Sub) - 6
Looked a little lost at times in a slightly different role, but a lovely player to be able to throw on.
Will Buckley (Sub) - 5
Didn't do a great deal, but didn't have much opportunity either.
Man Of The Match: Liam Bridcutt
Really starting to show his Premier League credentials now. The former Chelsea man was always involved and had a real influence on the game.