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Sunderland 1-3 Swansea: Player Ratings

Well that was a bit of a damp squib, wasn't it? Difficult to judge player performances in what felt like, and looked like, a meaningless game. This was truly an end of season meander...

Paul Thomas


Vito Mannone - 6

Not a lot he could do with the three goals he conceded today. Maybe he went down a touch quickly for the Emnes strike, but that would be a bit harsh on him. Didn't have a lot else to do.

Santiago Vergini - 7

Composed as ever in his newly found right back spot. Tried to get forward when he could and dealt with most issues relatively comfortably. Another tidy performance from the Argentine, who I sense is becoming a bit of a fan's favourite. He also managed to get penalised for controlling a football, which was a first.

Wes Brown - 5

Not a lot to say really. Both centre backs started slowly, along with the rest of the team. Both Brown and O'Shea didn't defend the second and third goals properly in my opinion.

John O'Shea - 4

Turned far too easily by Emnes for the second goal. As above. Started far too slowly. Got punished.

Phil Bardsley - 4

If that's his last game in a Sunderland shirt, then he went out with a whimper. Nowhere near the pace of the game and got done by Dyer for the first goal. Offered little else. Makes Alonso look like Cafu.

Liam Bridcutt - 4

He had a shocker today. Didn't really get into the game. Was laboured in possession, didn't move the ball quickly enough and then when he did he always seemed to give it away. I liked the look of him when he first arrived, but with Cattermole being so good recently and with the off the pitch issues Liam has had, it was always going to be tough for him today. Still think he's a decent player, but now we seem to move the ball forward faster under Poyet I think Bridcutt will have to adapt his game accordingly. If he doesn't, he may struggle to gain a regular place in the side next year.

Seb Larsson - 6

Kept things ticking over. Put a few decent dead balls in and was unlucky not to have created an own goal and scored himself. Generally a quiet performance though.

Jack Colback - 5

Another quiet one from Jack. Similar to Larsson but without the threat. Amazing that removing Cattermole from the midfield affected the dynamic so drastically.

Adam Johnson - 6

Had a good run at his full back from time to time and tried to get into the game but it just wasn't happening for him. A sightly better performance than in recent weeks. But, we'll be hoping for a lot more from him next season. He can't get by purely on a six week spell every 18 months.

Fabio Borini - 7

A generally quiet game for Fabio, but he signed off with a nice near post header to get us back into the game. It'll be a real shame to see the lad go. If we can bring him back next season in some capacity then I think we'll have a really exciting young player on our hands after his year of development.

Connor Wickham - 5

Nondescript from Connor really. Worked hard and tried to hold the ball but just couldn't get into the game. Often happens with forwards though, especially youngsters.

Ondrej Celutska - 5

Couple of decent balls in to the box. Didn't really notice him aside from that.

Jozy Altidore - 5

A couple of decent opportunities fell away from him again. He ran around and put himself about a bit. Sad to see a player who came to the club full of confidence, in a World Cup year, now practically a figure of fun. Just hasn't worked out for the lad.

El-Hadji Ba - 5

Neat and tidy. Looks a confident lad and isn't afraid to mix it up. Likes a bit of a barney it seems.

Man Of The Match - Santiago Vergini

I'm giving the Argentine the award for this one. Not totally for this performance, but more the fact he carried his form on from recent games where others didn't. He had a nightmare start but appears to have settled, and has been a key player in our run in. I think he could become a firm favourite with the supporters if he takes his form into next season. A cult hero in the making?

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