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PLAYER RATINGS: Shrewsbury 1-0 Sunderland - Here’s how the Lads rated after frustrating afternoon

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Sunderland hit the woodwork multiple times and couldn’t find a way to score past Shrewsbury, losing 1-0 at New Meadow. Here’s how our man watching the match rated the Lads in red and white today.

Shrewsbury Town v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Photo by James Baylis - AMA/Getty Images

Lee Burge: 6/10

Made one comfortable save, and was well beaten from close range in an otherwise uneventful first half from a goalkeeping perspective.

Luke O’Nien: 6/10

Shrewsbury’s goal came from O’Nien’s side, yet his crossing and forward play, just about made for his defensive shortcomings.

Jordan Willis: 7/10

Assured, physical when he had to be, another strong showing.

Joel Lynch: 7/10

Probably Sunderland’s best passer on the day, Lynch was good defensively when required too.

Denver Hume: 6/10

Looked to have finally turned the corner after an excellent first 20 minutes, the young left back soon regressed to his head down, panicked, thoughtless play.

George Dobson: 6/10

For every sweeping crossfield pass or smart turn in midfield, there was an awful 50p header or a sloppy giveaway in midfield. Needs to do better.

Max Power: 7/10

Guilty of holding onto possession for too long at times, but still pretty accurate and progressive in his passing.

Duncan Watmore: 4/10

Night and day from Tuesday’s masterclass, Watmore struggled to impact the game in any meaningful way.

Chris Maguire: 5/10

Let the Shrewsbury defence off on too many occasions by going for the hollywood cross or a wonder goal when the simple option would have been far more effective.

Aiden McGeady: 3/10

Nothing he tried came off, he squandered a great early chance and each cross or through ball seemed to be slightly over or underhit.

Will Grigg: 4/10

Failed to tap in from two excellent crosses and looked bereft of confidence, despite his much-improved showing against Tranmere Rovers.

(SUB) Jon McLaughlin: 6/10

Mainly a spectator as those in front of him struggled to make a breakthrough.

(SUB) Marc McNulty: 5/10

A non-factor who never scared the Shrews backline.

(SUB) Benji Kimpioka: 5/10

Blew one take on and pressed a lot, but didn’t really impact the game.

Man of the Match

Joel Lynch