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Bradford City 2-0 Sunderland: Player Ratings

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Here's how the lads played

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Vito Mannone – 3

Looked flustered in the first half and should have done better with Bradford’s second goal.

Billy Jones – 3

Continually failed to stop crosses and like many others never looked up to the speed of the game.

Patrick Van Aanholt – 3

Same as Jones, he keeps letting crosses get whipped in without closing down the winger. Got forward on occasions and had a good shot saved in the first half.

John O’Shea – 3

Struggled with Bradford’s frontline and looked worried about the pitch. He was at fault for the first goal by failing to get better contact on his header and never attempted to close down Clarke’s shot.

Wes Brown – 3

Slightly better than O’Shea on this occasion but not much in all honesty. He struggled with the physicality of Bradford’s frontline which had Jon Stead in it which says it all really.

Liam Bridcutt - 1

Looked out of his depth against a league one side and was completely anonymous as Bradford enjoyed the freedom of the midfield. He literally did nothing.

Seb Larsson – 4

Tried hard in the middle to get forward and put himself about. He was probably the best of a bad bunch.

Adam Johnson – 2

He never had any real opportunities to run at Bradford’s full backs and never created anything of note. He had a free kick at the end of the first half which just went over. He was at fault for Bradford’s second goal.

Ricky Alvarez – 3

With the awful conditions under foot, I don’t think this was the game for Alvarez. He had a couple of runs in both halves but his delivery was poor all day.  

Steven Fletcher – 2

Had a golden opportunity in the first half, but took an eternity to shoot, but at the same time it should have been a penalty.

Danny Graham- 2

Had a header straight at the keeper in the first half but apart from that he didn’t do much.

Connor Wickham (sub) – 3

He put himself about more than Graham but Sunderland’s set pieces and delivery was poor so Wickham had nothing to go on.

Santiago Vergini (sub)

No time to do anything.

George Honeyman (sub)

No time to do anything.

Man Of The Match: Jon Stead

O’Shea and Brown made him look like Ibrahimovic, well played Stead.