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Burnley 2-0 SAFC: Abysmal! Player Ratings & damning verdict from Turf Moor

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Sunderland lost yet again this evening in an FA Cup third round replay against Burnley at Turf Moor - here's how they rated. Warning: it's not pretty.

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I'm not going to lie - that was very, very bad. In fact, if you thought that Saturday's performance was abysmal then tonight's showing was every bit as awful.

Burnley made seven changes from their game at the weekend and embarrassed us with their ability and their depth and their desire. They wanted to win, and we didn't. Are the Sunderland players playing for David Moyes? I don't think so. There appears to be a real disconnect right now and I'm worried that we will be battered when we travel to The Hawthorns on Saturday.

The thousands of Sunderland fans that travelled midweek to attend this game deserve so much more than a half-hearted performance from a team of players that are not worthy of the fantastic support that they receive each and every week.

I'm sorry to be so depressing and despondent, but it's true - here's how they rated.


Vito Mannone - 1

He gets one mark for the one good save that he did make. Other than that, he was abysmally poor. Like, Kelvin Davis poor. His kicking was absolutely dreadful and it was his shocking punt to a bewildered Patrick Van Aanholt that led to Burnley's first goal. He parried shots into dangerous positions constantly, and looked nervous and on edge. Is Mika really a worse option between the sticks? It might be time to give our third choice stopper his chance when we travel to West Brom on Saturday.

Patrick Van Aanholt - 4

He offered absolutely nothing. He looks a completely different player without Victor Anichebe to play off down the left hand side.

Papy Djilobodji - 2

It was like watching Nyron Nosworthy at his worst all over again. Went missing for both Burnley goals and seemed more bothered about trying Cruyff turns in his own box than actually defending or distributing the ball correctly.

Jason Denayer - 4

Got us out of danger on a few occasions with his pace but his passing of the ball was very poor and he looked even worse when he moved in to the midfield. Needs to find his feet again, quickly.

Billy Jones - 7 (Man of the Match)

Our best player. Operated in an unfamiliar central role but actually did quite well. Was given no chance by his partner Djilobodji when Burnley got their second through Andre Gray.

Javier Manquillo - 4

Just like Van Aanholt on the left, he offered us absolutely nothing and constantly lost the ball. Imagine paying the £13m that Atletico Madrid want for him?!

Donald Love - 5

Wasn't as good as he was in the first tie, but still did alright. Was brought off with time remaining mainly because he was on a yellow card.

George Honeyman - 7

Was one of our best players in the opening hour or so and looked like the only Sunderland player capable of holding on to the ball. He might be no world beater but Moyes would be a fool to let him leave - he's got something to offer for the rest of this month at least.

Sebastian Larsson - 4

Pointed loads and ran around a bit. Nearly scored a free kick right at the end. He's not good enough anymore, sadly.

Adnan Januzaj - 2

Got on the ball loads but did absolutely nothing. I don't think he beat his full back once.

Fabio Borini - 1

Another lacklustre performance from a player that we deserve to demand much better from. He played as a striker and did absolutely nothing to impress anyone. Where's the desire, Fabio? Does he even want to be here?

Jermain Defoe - 5 (Sub)

I think he touched the ball once - about 15 minutes after he came on when he took the kick off which came as a result of Burnley's second. He deserves better.

Joel Asoro - 5 (Sub)

Didn't have much time to make an impact. Should have came on at half time for Fabio Borini.