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PLAYER RATINGS: Sunderland 1-1 Coventry - Benji Kimpioka saves SAFC’s blushes with late goal

Sunderland were dreadful again today, but a late Benji Kimpioka goal saved our blushes. Here’s how our man watching the match rated the Lads in red and white this afternoon.

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Lee Burge - 7/10

Bailed out his outfield teammates on several occasions. Including an outstanding early save from Liam Walsh, good anticipation one-on-one against Amadou Bakayoko and doing just enough to put off the striker from point blank range again.

Luke O’Nien - 6/10

Probably Sunderland’s most creative player and best individual defender, supported Chris Maguire well and excelled in his match-up with Brandon Mason.

Jordan Willis - 6/10

Another man whose competence, saved other Sunderland players from further humiliation. He swept up well and battled impressively against Bakayoko.

Joel Lynch - 4/10

Sloppy in possession, one of many Sunderland players who made a series of infuriatingly basic mistakes.

Denver Hume - 6/10

Produced a couple inspired runs forward and looked like Sunderland’s most dangerous player in a trying second half.

Grant Leadbitter - 3/10

Slack in possession and characteristically meek out of it.

Max Power - 4/10

Tried to play with energy and tempo, but just never ever looked threatening.

George Dobson - 3/10

Another maddeningly afternoon, the occasional brilliant switch of play was often overshadowed by appalling misplaced passes or terrible first touches.

Chris Maguire - 3/10

Started the game well, but it was his catastrophic brain fart that led to the corner Coventry scored from. Held onto possession for too long, too often, without ever providing a legitimate goal threat.

Aiden McGeady - 5/10

Another Sunderland player who didn’t show anywhere near enough care when protecting possession. Spent long spells of the game looking uninterested, not contributing.

Will Grigg - 5/10

Better than many of his performances this season, but still lacking in aggression and any semblance of goal scoring confidence.

(SUB) Duncan Watmore - 5/10

Looked sharper and more confident than in recent performances.

(SUB) Tom Flanagan - 5/10

Didn’t have to do much defending, as Sunderland pushed for an equaliser.

(SUB) Benji Kimpioka - 7/10

Sunderland’s saviour, showed great composure to bury his chance at the death.

Man of the Match

Lee Burge

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