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Grimsby 0-1 Sunderland: TICKLE THE GOOCH! Match Report & Player Ratings LIVE from Blundell Park

Sunderland played out a comfortable and impressive 1-0 win against Grimsby at Blundell Park, gaining their first win of pre-season. Here’s how it went, and how the Lads rated. 

Sunderland AFC

Grimsby Town 0-1 Sunderland

Sunderland played out a comfortable and impressive 1-0 win against Grimsby at Blundell Park, gaining their first win of pre season.

Lyden Gooch got the only goal of the game with a header, whilst a number of other players gave impressive individual performances.

Match Report

First Half

Sunderland came into their third game of the pre-season campaign looking to finally secure the first victory of the Jack Ross reign.

After disappointing against non-league opposition previously, the Lads travelled to Cleethorpes to face League Two side Grimsby Town with the hopes of a much-improved showing.

Sunderland lined up with a number of young lads, with Denver Hume and Brandon Taylor making up two of the back four.

Ethan Robson got the nod alongside Dylan McGeouch and the front four of Callum McManaman, George Honeyman, Lynden Gooch and Chris Maguire gave us an attacking look.

The first half started well, with the lads conformable on the ball. And apart from shaky moments from the young lads, and a Donald Love horror touch, Sunderland looked decent.

Throughout the first half, McManaman and Love were a threat on the right hand side - and the former was highly impressive throughout with a number of dangerous crosses.

The breakthrough finally came from the left hand side, however, when Chris Maguire’s deft cross found Lynden Gooch, who saw a diving head nestle into the left hand corner.

Second Half

The lads came back on to the pitch unchanged and looked intent to double their lead - and almost did after McManaman raced up the pitch and found Maguire, who produced another fantastic cross into the box which Honeyman just put past the right hand side post.

Grimsby nearly made it 1-1 shortly after, but a terrible finish past Stryjek saw the away side remain ahead.

They did however have a slight scare after slack play in midfield awarded Grimsby’s no.8 the chance to equalise, but he was thrashed by the impressive Stryjek - even if it was offside.

The lads were impressive on the ball in the latter stages and saw out the game to seal Jack Ross’ first win as Sunderland manager.

Player Ratings

Max Stryjek - 7/10

The Polish keeper had a strong game. Collected well from crosses and looked assured. Made a big save in the second half, even if it was offside.

Donald Love, 6/10

A sloppy clearance nearly gave Grimsby a goal, but looked a lot better at right back and linked well with an impressive McManaman.

Denver Hume - 6/10

Looked good going forward but a couple of slack passes let down his game. Not a bad showing for the young lad.

Tom Flanagan - 7/10

Good in the air and was talking to young Taylor throughout. Really solid defensively, I like the look of him.

Brandon Taylor - 6/10

First I’ve seen of the lad and didn’t look out of his depth. Impressive display.

Ethan Robson - 6/10

Tidy in possession, wasn’t offensive in his play. Came off injured and didn’t do too much.

Dylan McGeouch - 6/10

Really like the look of this lad. Really good on the ball and sprays the passes around.

Callum McManaman - 8/10

Man of the match today. A different player under Ross. Fast and direct down the wing and produced plenty of dangerous crosses. Hopefully he stays.

George Honeyman - 6/10

Played well. Nothing spectacular, nothing bad. Ran for everything. Hopefully he stays.

Lynden Gooch - 8/10

Lots of effort and commitment. Got the first goal and was direct in his approach. Glad he got a goal, and that’s not because I wanted to use that GIF. Nearly got a second and impressed all game.

Chris Maguire - 7/10

Played deep but didn’t play bad. A few good shots and touches. Plays a lot like McGeady. Not an out an out striker but decent on the ball and got an assist.

Robbin Ruiter - 6/10

Made a fantastic stop to Grimsby prevent Grimsby from equalising. Impressive at claiming.

Adam Matthews - 6/10

Came on, did little.

Josh Maja - 6/10

Definitely gotten bigger. Looked good with some good touches.

Bali Mumba - 6/10

Good on the ball. You wouldn’t believe he’s 16.

Benjamin Kimpioka - 6/10

He’s a strong lad and nearly replicated his Hartlepool game with a strong shot from the edge of the area flying just past the post.

Jake Hackett - 5/10

Came on and didn’t have enough time affect the game.

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