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Sunderland 2 - 1 Leicester City: Player Ratings & MOTM Poll

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Sunderland made it three wins from four matches as they turned over the rapidly declining Leicester City, but let's not focus on that aspect of the game too much. We'll stay fixated on our own team - here's how they were rated...

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Jordan Pickford - 7

Dealt with the pressure in the second half better than he did in the first, but ultimately had another good performance.

Billy Jones - 7

Was resolute in our back-line throughout the entire game, another solid performance for him.

Papy Djilobodji - 8

Seemed to throw himself in the way of any threat Leicester posed today, his reflex block for Slimani's effort in the second half stands out in particular.

Lamine Kone - 7

I *could* make the weekly criticism that his heart isn't in it and he clearly wants to go to Everton, but his quality shone through today in spite of that.

Patrick van Aanholt - 8

Was a real threat today and gave Leicester more than they could handle. His influence might've faded somewhat after Pienaar went off, but it was still a great showing from him.

Steven Pienaar - 8

Might seem a bit naive giving such a high rating to a player who only played half a game. For the forty-five minutes he was on the pitch, though, it really looked like Pienaar was running the show. His link-up play with PvA was excellent.

Jason Denayer - 5

Also only played one half of today's game, but wasn't much more than average.

Didier Ndong - 7

Passing wasn't great but he was everywhere on the pitch and seems to be growing into his role in the side.

Victor Anichebe - 7

Once again, the oppositions defence seemed to lack for an answer when faced with Big Vic's raw physicality. Had some good chances today and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.

Duncan Watmore - 7

Started quite poorly but really came into his element in the second half. Was unlucky to endure that injury in the latter minutes of the game.

Jermain Defoe - 8

He'll bide his time, he'll know an opportunity is bound to come along at some point, and when it does, you know for certain he'll capitalise. Business as usual.

Seb Larsson (for Denayer) - 7

Delivered some good set-pieces as you'd expect and held down the fort. Good to have him back.

Jan Kirchhoff (for Pienaar) - 7

Was a bit wasteful in possession when he first came on, but once he got into the swing of things he was a challenging dynamic to our midfield.

Javier Manquillo (for Watmore) - 6

Steered the ship.