Lee Burge: 6/10
Struggled with his kicking all night, but made an important first half save from Liam Boyce.
Conor McLaughlin: 5/10
Struggled with the pace of the game even before his injury struggles, just too slow shifting the ball and lacking conviction in his actions all evening.
Jordan Willis: 4/10
Sloppy in possession throughout, his early season swagger seems to be eroding by the minute.
Joel Lynch: 3/10
Too casual with the ball too often again and abysmal in his defending of Boyce’s goal.
Denver Hume: 3/10
Made one incivisve run which led to a great Luke O’Nien effort, but disastrous outside of that, continuously giving away possession under little or no pressure.
Grant Leadbitter: 5/10
Produced a couple tone-setting tackles early on, but any hopes Leadbitter might be finding some semblance of form soon evaporated, far too lackadaisical on the ball in our own third again.
Max Power: 4/10
A few great searching balls were cancelled out by some poor ones, and a dumb booking that leaves the midfielder suspended. Power also put in a miserable amount of effort trying to stop the cross for Burton’s second.
Duncan Watmore: 6/10
Sunderland’s best player after 20 minutes, the forward soon regressed with a combination of bad decision-making and technically awful headers.
Luke O’Nien: 4/10
Fortunate to win a penalty and largely frustrating outside of that, needs to play with more composure in the final third.
Aiden McGeady: 6/10
Quiet outside of burying a first half penalty.
Will Grigg: 3/10
Failed to make any meaningful contributions again, on the few occasions the ball was played towards the Northern Irishman his touch was awful.
(SUB) Chris Maguire: 3/10
Slowed play down, gave away the ball cheaply.
(SUB) Benji Kimpioka: 5/10
Barely touched the ball after being brought on far too late on.
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