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PLAYER RATINGS: Ipswich 1-1 Sunderland - Here’s how we rated the Lads after another bore draw

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Sunderland limped to another tame draw today against Ipswich Town. The opening forty-five was a horror show, the second offered some glimmers of hope. Here’s how our man watching the match rated the players.

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Jon McLaughlin - 4/10

Looked uncertain at times and his distribution was particularly poor. Could maybe have done better for their goal, too.

Conor McLaughlin - 2/10

Really poor today no matter his position on the pitch. Poor touch, poor positioning, poor passing. Woeful.

Denver Hume - 2/10

Awful in possession and struggled throughout the first half until subbed off for Maguire.

Tom Flanagan - 3/10

Really poor first half and marginally better in the second. How can he not play a simple ball instead of just lumping it long?

Jordan Willis - 5/10

Also poor first half, but looked much more assured in the second. Showed some good pace when covering and got stuck in.

Luke O’Nien - 4/10

Didn’t look comfortable on the right all game.

George Dobson - 6/10

Came out of the game with some credit - passed well and tried to move the ball forward. A bit rash at times, but looks decent at this level.

Dylan McGeouch - 4/10

Largely anonymous. Recycles play well, but caught out at times by Ipswich’s high press.

Marc McNulty - 6/10

Industrious and did well to win the ball and supply Lynden Gooch for his goal.

Lynden Gooch - 5/10

Frustrating. Scored a good goal to steal a draw, but needs to improve his distribution. Same old in terms of hanging onto the ball for too long and failing to play a killer ball.

Aiden McGeady - 4/10

Didn’t do a great deal, to be honest.

(SUB) Chris Maguire - 5/10

Some good shithousery, but struggled to really make his mark on the game. Lacks that killer ball.

(SUB) Will Grigg - 5/10

Tough on this. Grigg helped us keep the ball in the final third at times, but had the chance to win it if his movement was better. Looked busy today, but still struggling in front of goal - which isn’t all his fault.

(SUB) Alim Ozturk - N/A

Only on for the last few minutes and made one block.

Man of the Match:

The cameraman’s first half performance was impressively poor, but still better than any Sunderland player. His shots of the stadium’s ceiling was much needed during a dire opening firty-five. In all seriousness, though, I think McNulty perhaps deserves it for his perseverance and winning the ball that led to Gooch’s goal. Difficult job picking someone today, though.