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PLAYER RATINGS: Sunderland 1-0 Southend - Here’s how the Lads rated after today’s win at the SOL

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Sunderland took a much-needed three points and clean sheet from today’s game against Sol Campbell’s Southend at the Stadium of Light. Here’s how our man watching the match rated the Lads in red and white.

Sunderland v Southend United - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Jon McLaughlin: 7/10

Largely untroubled, McLaughlin’s quick throws and decent distribution were a real bonus.

Conor McLaughlin: 7/10

Starting to look like the quality League One right back we were promised in the summer, used the ball well and put in some excellent crosses.

Jordan Willis: 7/10

Another impressive showing, he was alert when he had to be and secure in possession.

Joel Lynch: 6/10

Got away with a couple of lapses in concentration that could have been punished on another day.

Denver Hume: 8/10

Played with a confidence and swagger that has been lacking from his game all season, he also laid on the opener.

George Dobson: 7/10

Like Hume, Dobson looked like a much more confident rejuvenated player here, his long range passing was great.

Max Power: 6/10

Hard to remember too many substantial Power moments in the game, good or bad.

Chris Maguire: 7/10

Not at his best, but still a constant pest to the Southend United defence.

Luke O’Nien: 7/10

Took his goal brilliantly, linked up well with his fellow forwards.

Aiden McGeady: 7/10

Mainly acted as a decoy to the excellent Hume in the first half, McGeady began to dominate in the latter stages as more and more space became available to him.

Will Grigg: 7/10

Mainly played on the fringes of the match and squandered a few half chances.

(SUB) Duncan Watmore: 7/10

The final ball was inconsistent, but he was a lively menace and nearly scored.

(SUB) Marc McNulty: 6/10

Provided a well-needed energy boost to the side that were beginning to stumble over the finishing line.

(SUB) Grant Leadbitter n/a

Came on in the dying minutes.

Man of the Match

Denver Hume