Jon McLaughlin: 7/10
Was sharp off his line to scupper a few dangerous Leicester through balls and completely faultless for the two brilliant Leicester strikes that beat him.
Conor McLaughlin: 5/10
Was punished for his lack of initial aggression, leading to the penalty incident. Still looks inhibited and lacking in confidence when playing in red and white.
Alim Ozturk: 6/10
Looked rusty defensively, especially at the start, the Turkish stopper made up for it with some excellent clipped forward passes.
Tom Flanagan: 6/10
Switched off on a couple occasions when the young Foxes tried to get in behind the Sunderland backline, yet barring the odd blip Flanagan was solid.
Laurens De Bock: 5/10
Always looks a step slow pressing his opposite number, the Belgian was also guilty of gifting possession to Leicester in dangerous areas a few times.
Dylan McGeouch: 5/10
Embarrassed himself falling to create the space for Leicester’s second, capping an otherwise completely forgettable showing.
Grant Leadbitter: 5/10
The usual mix of occasionally inspired and maddeningly sloppy passing, our Makem midfielder also managed a flurry of crunching tackles when needed.
Chris Maguire: 7/10
Scored another peach of a free-kick that he won himself and linked up well with Marc McNulty in an otherwise miserable Sunderland attack.
Duncan Watmore: 4/10
Barely involved and ineffective in the few instances he had good possession in the Leicester half.
Marc McNulty: 8/10
Produced some marvelous first touches and laid on a series of excellent weighted through balls.
Benji Kimpioka: 4/10
Kimpioka’s game requires an element of risk-taking and calculated gambles, but the poor lad just couldn’t stop giving the ball away here, absolutely nothing came off for him in this potential showcase.
(SUB) Jordan Willis: 6/10
Had a quietly effective game, after replacing Ozturk.
(SUB) Aiden McGeady: 5/10
Failed to add the quality and creativity Sunderland were desperately missing in wide areas.
(SUB) Will Grigg: 5/10
Managed one decent flick round the corner to McNulty, but was otherwise well shackled by the Leicester back four.
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