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.