Oscar Ustari - 6
Little he could do about the goals which went against him and did his level best to keep us in things with a top-drawer penalty save in the first half. Mark of seven comes mainly for that save. About the only good thing we did all afternoon.
Phil Bardsley - 5
Much like many of his fellow players just didn't seem himself. Rarely got forward and perhaps the efforts of last week and a new formation didn't allow him to get forward as he would have liked.
John O'Shea - 4
Not the only one who was awful today. Gave away a soft free-kick which and then was out-jumped by Curtis Davies for the opening goal. Aside from that there were a few other occasions where he looked lost and could well have cost us further.
Santiago Vergini - 5
Slightly better than John O'Shea but not much. Could you put his performance down to still acclimatizing to the league? Maybe, but time is running out for him to get adjusted if he's going to be needed at any stage down the stretch.
Andrea Dossena - 4
Git himself advanced fairly often but didn't do anything really once in good crossing positions. Struggled to handle Ahmed Elmohamady in the first half but managed to do a little better with him in the second half. Overall though a relatively poor and ineffectual performance.
Jack Colback - 5
Quite a tidy performance from Colback. Kept the ball well, didn't really attack much. That's what he gives you really. Didn't have much of an impact from a wide position where he started, or once he'd cut inside.
Lee Cattermole - 2
I actually thought Cattermole did alright in the first half, but it was all down hill from then. The back-pass or whatever the hell it was in the second half was awful. Worryingly he's done it before and Liam Bridcutt will be relishing the chance he's sure to get on Saturday against Crystal Palace. Very poor today in the second half from Cattermole.
Seb Larsson - 3
I'd almost forgot he was playing to be honest. Sloppy penalty given away in the first half and pretty much disappeared from then onward.
Emanuele Giaccherini - 4
To coin a term used on our long-forgotten podcast -- all fart and no shite. Huffed, puffed, had the ball enough and did the sum total of nothing with it.
Steven Fletcher - 2
He played today apparently. Seemed to spend most the game looking at the round thing and wondering why people were kicking it.
Ignacio Scocco - 3
The one that wasn't Fletcher but had just about as much impact. Gets a slightly higher mark on account of he actually had a shot and I remember him doing a tackle, which is two more things than his strike partner offered.
Fabio Borini - 4
Came on and did nothing. The game seemed away from Sunderland from the second the first went in and we didn't really use him.
Adam Johnson - 4
See Borini. Not sure if he even touched the ball, which is an indictment on him and the team really.
Man Of The Match: Oscar Ustari
The only thing that happened today which was quite good for us was the penalty save. Ustari saved it. He gets man of the match. That's about the best we can offer. Nobody really stood out or deserved such an accolade mind.
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