Vito Mannone - 7
Made the straight forward saves, didn’t have a lot to do really and nothing he could do with Rodallega’s shot that hit the post.
Santiago Vergini - 6
Never looked to troubled, but then we were playing a Championship side
Seb Coates - 6
He did his job well, much like his centre back partners, he hadn’t a great deal to contend with until the end but still he was solid.
John O’Shea - 7
O’Shea looked solid and never looked like getting beat today even when McCormack and Rodallega came on.
Billy Jones - 7
This was a better game from Billy. He got forward and drove to the by line a few times but he still lacks that extra bit of quality delivery.
Patrick Van Aanholt - 7
This was an improved defensive performance from Patrick, but much like Jones he needs to find that extra bit of quality consistently going forward.
Jack Rodwell - 4
Jack was playing well up until a moment of madness saw him dismissed. He got forward more and took a few shots but losing him probably cost Sunderland the win today.
Seb Larrson - 6
Nothing special from Seb, we need more quality with a final ball and especially from the midfielders as Defoe will expect balls played in behind, unfortunately Seb didn’t produce that today.
Liam did fine but not much quality going forward.
Steven Fletcher - 6
Steven had a couple of opportunities but he along with Defoe was starved of any really good quality deliveries to live off.
Jermain Defoe - 8
Jermain had no good service today and had to create most of his chances himself. He was unlucky not to score a couple but the signs are good that Defoe will score goals.
Connor Wickham – 7 (sub)
Connor came on and gave Sunderland a lift after the red card. He looked lively and had a shot tipped over.
Will Buckley – 5 (sub)
Will didn’t do a lot to change the game when he came on.
Man Of The Match: Jermain Defoe
He had hardly any good service today, yet he created a couple of great opportunities for himself. Signs are good from Defoe……….thankfully!!