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Sunderland 0-0 West Bromwich Albion: Player Ratings

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Here’s how the lads played

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Costel Pantilimon – 7

Very little to do but commanded his box well when needed

Santiago Vergini – 6

A typically flamboyant display from Vergini. He defended ok but gave little in attack. He had a free header in the second half which he should have done better with.

Anthony Reveillere – 6

Defended well, but like Vergini he didn’t really provide an overlap until the later stages of the game.

John O’Shea – 7

Dominant display by the Sunderland centre half. He never gave Berahino or Ideye a sniff today.

Wes Brown – 7

Same as O’Shea, both centre backs never gave West Brom a chance today

Lee Cattermole – 7

It’s no surprise that Cattermole comes back into the side and Sunderland dominated the midfield. He controlled the game and kept the ball moving.

Seb Larsson – 7

Another good shift by Larsson. He narrowly missed with a free kick and also forced the keeper to save late on in the first half.

Adam Johnson – 7

Johnson probed the wing all day and found himself doubled up on most of the day but he did a good job and forced countless corners.

Ricky Alvarez – 6

Decent from Alvarez, but not entirely sure he’s taking his chance in the starting eleven. He wanted to cut inside all day and tried too many long range shots when we were in good positions.

Jermain Defoe – 6

Poyet said Defoe wasn’t 100% fit and it looked the case. But nevertheless he put a shift in and tried to create things but the ball just didn’t fall for him.

Danny Graham – 6

Another good effort from Graham. His run in behind could have resulted in Lescott being sent off and generally he worked the channels well.

Connor Wickham – 6 (sub)

Wickham provided a spark late on and looked a better physical pressure against the West Brom defenders but the ball just didn’t fall for the strikers today.

Steven Fletcher – 5 (sub)

Came on at the same time as Wickham but he failed to make the same sort of impact as Wickham.

Patrick Van Aanholt – 5 (sub)

Little time to really make an impact.

Man Of The Match: John O’Shea/Wes Brown

Can’t really separate the two centre backs, they handled Berahino and Ideye excellently.