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Watford 1-0 Sunderland: Player Ratings & Man of the Match Poll - VOTE!

Sunderland lost yet again this afternoon, this time to Watford, and relegation is now seemingly all but confirmed mathematically. Here's how the lads rated - vote in the poll for your man of the match.

Watford v Sunderland - Premier League Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Jordan Pickford - 7

Kept us in the game in the first half and was excellent throughout. His distribution and handling is tremendous - the lack of a clean sheet shouldn't reflect badly upon the way that he played.

Bryan Oviedo - 5

Struggled. He and Borini are a terrible pairing down the left hand side.

Lamine Kone - 6

Played the last ten minutes up front in a desperate bid to find a way of scoring. Defended fairly well for the most part.

John O’Shea - 6

Did himself no harm really; in truth, Okaka gave he and Kone very little to worry about all afternoon. It might have been a different story if Troy Deeney had of started.

Billy Jones - 7

Solid. Gave his all, put his head in the way to clear the danger and looked like he genuinely cared. Wish I could say the same for the rest of his teammates.

Jason Denayer - 4


Darron Gibson - 5

Pedestrian. He's obviously very comfortable on the ball, but if you're going to get anything from him he needs to be surrounded by energetic, busy midfielders. Right now he seems like a bit of a luxury that we cannot afford, and I'm not sure how he's a better option than Ndong at present.

Jack Rodwell - 6

Didn't play too badly. One of our better performers.

Fabio Borini - 4

Had his token one shot on target from distance but other than that he was awful again. Can't beat his man, cross or pass a ball five yards.

Adnan Januzaj - 5

Spurned one of the best chances of the game when he was found inside the eighteen yard box by Didier Ndong in the second half. Other than that he was quiet.

Jermain Defoe - 5

Had very little to work with once again. He must be the most pissed off man in that dressing room, especially having returned from England duty in such a positive fashion.

Didier Ndong (Sub) - 6

Came on and within minutes made an impact, putting a chance on a plate for Adnan Januzaj and was, generally, being a nuisance. Sadly, his playing time was limited because he's apparently not as good as Jack Rodwell or Darron Gibson.

Wahbi Khazri (sub) - 6

Thought the game represented a great chance to start Khazri but he had to settle for his usual place on the bench. Came on with twenty to spare and got himself a silly booking for getting in the linesman's face, but was very busy and involved and tried his best to forge opportunities for his team mates. Needs to be starting games if we're to see anything from him, but most of us knew that months ago.


Who was your Man of The Match against Watford?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Jordan Pickford
    (489 votes)
  • 7%
    Billy Jones
    (52 votes)
  • 0%
    Bryan Oviedo
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    John O’Shea
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Lamine Kone
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Jason Denayer
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Darron Gibson
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Jack Rodwell
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Adnan Januzaj
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Fabio Borini
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Jermain Defoe
    (4 votes)
  • 4%
    Wahbi Khazri
    (34 votes)
  • 14%
    Didier Ndong
    (103 votes)
724 votes total Vote Now

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