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Roker Report Player Of The Month 16/17: September - Jordan Pickford

Each month we tot up all our player ratings and reader's votes from our man of the match polls to see who has been Sunderland's top performer. This month, the award goes to Jordan Pickford.

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How Have We Fared?

Dreadful. We fell apart in the second half against Everton, gifted Spurs a win at White Hart Lane and then threw away a two goal lead against Palace to go on and lose 3-2.

September's Premier League results have been about as bad as they ever have been for Sunderland.

We did beat QPR though, with Paddy McNair scoring two to send us into the fourth round of the cup.

Who Were The Reader's Picks?

Jordan Pickford picked up two man of the match awards this month and, despite conceding a boat load of goals, I think that we can all agree that none of September's results have been his fault. For our Spurs poll he received a whopping 86% of the votes, and against Everton he took home 30% of the total.

Jermain Defoe scored two against Crystal Palace which earned him the man of the match award, receiving 62% of the reader's votes - hard to argue really. Defoe is the only goal threat we have and even when he's scoring, we still can't win games!

Who Has Had A Bad Month?

Err.... just about everybody else has had a shocking month. Sunderland's defenders in particular failed to pick up high ratings - Patrick Van Aanholt (4.6) and Papy Djilobodji (4.75) have both struggled immensely.

Who Has Had A Good Month?

Other than the aforementioned Defoe and Pickford, Didier Ndong has started fairly comfortably since joining the club from Lorient. Though he hasn't stood out he's been very solid and in the eyes of many people down at QPR, he was their man of the match playing as a wide-right midfielder. Here's hoping he keeps it up.

Player Of The Month - Jordan Pickford

As per usual we put it to you lot on Twitter this morning to decide who should be our Player Of The Month, giving our followers just one hour to register their vote.

Unsurprisingly, young goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was the man to take home this month's award, though in truth the fact he has won it highlights just how bad September has been for Sunderland AFC. In the four games that we have played Pickford has conceded eight goals, though it could be argued that had he not played in those games it could have been much worse.

In the first half against Everton he denied Romelu Lukaku superbly, whilst against Spurs he was literally the difference between it being 1-0 and 10-0 - the scoreline from that day at White Hart Lane didn't give a true reflection of the performance from our team, and Pickford played a huge part in ensuring that we still were in the game.

Well done Jordan - we're lucky to have you.