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Bradford 2-3 Sunderland: Match reaction and player ratings live from Valley Parade

Sunderland beat League One side Bradford this afternoon, with goals from Maja, Lens and Jones. Here's how the lads rated.

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Robbin Ruiter - 8

Didn't look out of place. Made some good saves in both halves and couldn't really have done much about the goal that Bradford scored from the spot.

The save he made five minutes from the end was outstanding and might have just earned him a contract.

Billy Jones - 6

Solid enough. Brought the laugh of the day out of the crowd when he purposely brought down his man to avoid a certain goalscoring opportunity.

Lamine Kone - 7

Very good. Looked a class above our opponents.

Ty Browning - 7

Another solid and assured performance from the Everton loanee. Kone looks far more comfortable at the back alongside him than he does with O'Shea or Djilobodji.

Donald Love - 6

Another that didn't put a foot wrong.

Wahbi Khazri - 6

Worked very hard but wasn't as involved as Lens.

Didier Ndong - 6

Worked incredibly hard and won back the ball plenty of times but a few stray passes and giving away the penalty see him marked slightly lower.

Lee Cattermole - 8

Ran the game for us. Great to hear him barking orders and putting in big tackles, even in a game as meaningless as this.

Jeremain Lens - 10

Man of the match. Fantastic cross for Maja's goal and the one he scored... well, it was just top class. Bradford's left back got tortured all afternoon by him, and will have been glad when the Dutchman was subbed off through a knock he took.

Josh Maja - 8

Another impressive showing from a young player that has completely over-achieved in this pre-season. Took his goal well, held the ball up like a forward beyond his years and was involved all over the park. Deserves his chance.

James Vaughan - 6

Another workmanlike performance but he really could do with a goal to give him some confidence.

Joel Asoro - 5

Pissed around with the ball towards the end of the game which lost us possession, almost resulting in a goal. Works hard, but looks nowhere near as ready as Maja and could do with a loan away from the club in order to gain experience.

John O'Shea - 5

Not really on long enough to impress.

Darron Gibson - 5

Like O'Shea, there wasn't really much to go off.

Papy Djilobodji - 3

His utter incompotence probably just helped to earn the new keeper a contract. Appalling.

Adam Matthews - 5

Not on long enough to impress.

George Honeyman - 6


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