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Fulham 1-3 Sunderland: Player Ratings

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Following a night of successful FA Cup progression, James Holmes rates the performances of the Sunderland players.

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Vito Mannone - 7

The fan favourite looked solid throughout. Should have been a little more commanding leading to the Fulham goal.

Anthony Reveillere - 6

Decent, if a little quiet. Didn't get forward was much as he did at home to Burnley.

John O'Shea - 7

Solid performance by our captain on the night. He has really shown his class this season.

Santiago Vergini - 6

A few hairy moments but on the whole looks better in the middle.

Patrick Van Aanholt - 8

Really is one of our most threatening players. Got forward well and marshalled a few dangerous Fulham attacks.

Liam Bridcutt - 7

Another good performance by Bridcutt playing in a more familiar role. Looks composed on the ball, if a little slow.

Jordi Gomez - 5

Stung Bettinelli's hands with a first half effort. Other than that, he was rather pedestrian on the night. Gave the ball away and slowed attacks.

Emanuele Giaccherini - 6

Fairly anonymous in the first, much better in the second. Whether he is best played as a wide man or in the hole remains to be seen.

Ricky Alvarez - 8

MOTM - See below

Steven Fletcher - 5

Sunderland's worst player on the night. Didn't lack effort but looks all out of sorts.

Jermain Defoe - 6

A suitably frustrating evening for Jermain, who's movement again looks good. The Fulham defence sat very deep which didn't give him much chance to get into the game. The slower build up round the edge of the box doesn't play to his strengths.

Danny Graham (Sub) - 7

Won the penalty and had a really positive impact, again. Should start against Swansea and looks half a yard sharper than Fletcher. Really impressive comeback from the forgotten man.

Liam Agnew (Sub) - 5

Nice to see an academy prospect get some game time. Looked assured.

Wes Brown - 5

No chance to have an impact

Man Of The Match: Ricky Alvarez

Showed some class on the night. Should give him some confidence going into some very winnable fixtures. Neat and tidy footwork led to his clinical finish. Whether or not he has the pace or strength for the Premier League is the real question, but another positive performance at Swansea could see him remain in the starting XI.

Honourable Mention - 4000 Traveling Mackems

Phenomenal turnout for a Tuesday night replay. Proving that, to us Sunderland fans, the magic of the cup is certainly still alive.

Craven Cottage Pie - 9/10