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PLAYER RATINGS: Scunthorpe 3-0 Sunderland - Here’s how the Lads rated after EFL Trophy shocker

Sunderland were reduced to ten men and beaten by League Two strugglers Scunthorpe, going out of the EFL Trophy at the group stage. Here’s how our man watching the match rated the players after tonight’s defeat.

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Lee Burge: 4/10

Struggled with his kicking, and let the ball roll under his body for Scunthorpe’s second.

Luke O’Nien: 3/10

Started the game well and should have won an early penalty. Regressed from there making a series of poor lapses in concentration culminating with his needless foul to gift the Irons a penalty.

Jordan Willis: 3/10

As poor as he’s been all season passing the ball, made a couple crucial defensive interventions, but an awful technical performance.

Joel Lynch: 4/10

Looked a step slow all night, both in his defending and progressing the ball under pressure. Like his defensive partner, Lynch’s passing was abysmal.

Denver Hume: 4/10

Arguably Sunderland’s best player in possession, Hume did leave the Sunderland defence exposed, and Scunthorpe United clearly targeted the space he vacated wandering forward.

Grant Leadbitter: 2/10

Started well, but like O’Nien, Sunderland’s all round lethargy started to wear off on him, poor with both his short and long distance passing.

George Dobson: 4/10

Improved after half-time, and played one gorgeous through ball to Watmore. Still goes through phases in games where he lets himself down both with and without the ball.

Max Power: 4/10

Power was largely a spectator unable to influence the match.

Duncan Watmore: 2/10

Watmore’s form since he eviscerated Tranmere Rovers has been so poor I’m starting to think the Rovers game was an optical illusion. His touch was non-existent and the former England under 21 star looked completely unprepared for the physicality of men’s football.

Aiden McGeady: 4/10

His final ball was missing, and Sunderland’s lack of control meant McGeady went through large stretches of the game, without even touching the ball.

Marc McNulty: 3/10

The service up to him was terrible, but McNulty still could and should have competed more. On the odd occasion a teammate did fire a pass into his vicinity McNulty quickly turned the ball back over to the Irons.

(SUB) Laurens De Bock: 4/10

Looked mildly competent playing out of position, made a couple smart interceptions and decent clearances.

(SUB) Chris Maguire: 4/10

Gave away the ball a bunch of times.

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