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Hull City 1-1 Sunderland: Player Ratings

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A review of how the lads performed at the KC.

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Costel Pantillimon - 7

Made some crucial saves, including the game saving stop to deny N’Doye straight after the equaliser. Commanded his area fine and couldn’t do anything to stop the goal.

Santiago Vergini – 4

Struggled against Robertson. He completely lost N’doye for their goal. Offered nothing going forward. Poor.

Anthony Reveillere – 5

Same as Vergini. Offered little going forward, which is a crucial part of the full back's role in Poyet’s tactics. However, he defended well against Elmohamady, but lacked the attacking width we know he can do.

John O’Shea – 6

The standard O’Shea really. He didn’t do anything wrong. Dealt with the threat of N’doye and Jelavic well.

Wes Brown – 6

Much like O’Shea, did nothing wrong and defended well against their front men.

Lee Cattermole – 6

Silly kick out, earning him a tenth yellow card of the season and a two match ban. Visibly frustrated, so understandably substituted. Stray passing at times, but not the worst display.

Sebastian Larsson – 6

I can’t really remember seeing him, which is probably a bad thing. Didn’t add much width, but difficult to do once we changed into the diamond formation. Tried clever balls but to no avail. Battled defensively but in large non-existent.

Liam Bridcutt – 5

For some reason he was the attacking point of the midfield once it changed into a diamond. Could have easily been sent off with his tackle at the start of the first half. He settled more once he returned to his normal role after the Cattermole substitution.

Jack Rodwell – 8

Different player when he came into the centre. Would have probably preferred to see him in the more advanced role Bridcutt occupied first half. Finished his chance off well, in a fashion, and could have had a second. Hopefully he pushes on from this and it’s the start of some good form. Could be a huge player for the rest of the season.

Jermain Defoe – 6

Had nothing to play off. Without width getting behind their defense, or creating space for Jermain to run into, he can’t do anything.

Danny Graham – 6

Held the ball up, provided some width and his first half cross nearly created something. Though, much like Defoe, with no creativity, he couldn’t do much.

Patrick Van Aanholt (Sub) - 8

Came on and within minutes changed the game. Added much needed pace and width to the side, which we were painfully missing throughout the game. Great run, great cross. Should have at least been introduced at the interval.

Ricky Alvarez (Sub) – 7

Didn’t have much time. Nice touches, was a big threat for the Hull defense. Would have preferred he started instead of Bridcutt, but perhaps his niggly injury prevented it.

Connor Wickham (Sub) – 6

Again, not a great deal of time, offered a threat when he came on.

Man of the Match

Take your pick out of Rodwell or PVA. I'd personally give it to Van Aanholt as his substitution is the reason we left the game with the point. Jack played well though.