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Bournemouth 1 - 2 Sunderland: Player Ratings & MOTM Poll

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In typical Sunderland style, we got our first win with a man down, on a seven hundred mile round trip and with our manager in the stands. Wouldn't have it any other way. Anyway, here's how the lads were rated...

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Jordan Pickford - 9

Christ, where would we be without this lad? Pickford made so many fantastic saves in a seemingly endless stream of Bournemouth corners. Distribution is still phenomenal too.

Billy Jones - 7

Solid enough. Linked up well with Defoe and Anichebe for Watmore's disallowed goal.

Lamine Kone - 6

He's still missing something, still seems lethargic and sloppy at times. Could've easily given Bournemouth a second goal when he was dispossessed by King. On the whole he was alright, though.

Papy Djilobodji - 7

I can imagine he'll end up being quite an underrated performer, so I'll make an effort to point out that Papy played an important role in our resilient defence. He made a good number of last ditch tackles to keep us in it in the second half, best of any of the defenders on show today.

Patrick van Aanholt - 7

Solid defensive duties and sprayed some good passes around.

Steven Pienaar - 4

Pretty much everyone thought he cost us the game when he got sent off. He'll breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Paddy McNair - 7

Steered the ship.

Dider NDong - 7

More-or-less the same as McNair.

Duncan Watmore - 7

Had the ball in the net and did a lot of running as per. Needs to start looking up a bit more often, though.

Victor Anichebe - 9 (Man of the Match)

Big Vic gets Man of the Match for me on his first start. His passing was superb and knew how to best use his physical presence - as exemplified with his goal. Won us the penalty too. An all-round great game for him.

Jermain Defoe - 8

Set up Anichebe for his goal and converted the penalty. Business as usual for the veteran striker.

Jason Denayer (for McNair) - 8

Really helped to shore up the defence, made an immediate impact to the back line.

Donald Love (for Watmore) - 5

No real time to make an impact.

Lynden Gooch (Defoe) - 5

See above.