Jon McLaughlin - 7/10
Uninvolved for the most part but was assured in claiming the majority of crosses into his box.
Luke O’Nien - 7/10
Had a quiet game but was particularly crucial in clearing our lines in the second half.
Alim Ozturk - 7/10
Struggled early, but improved as the game wore on. Did the simple stuff effectively.
Jordan Willis - 7/10
Badly at fault for the Portsmouth goal, but made up for it with an outstanding header and a much improved second half.
Conor McLaughlin - 6/10
Surprisingly composed out of position.
Max Power - 7/10
Solid in the middle of the park - much improved once more. He was everywhere.
Grant Leadbitter - 6/10
Struggled defensively, but had a positive impact with his set pieces.
Lynden Gooch - 8/10
Lively and as effective as any Sunderland player after half-time. Drove at the Pompey defence and caused all sorts of problems.
Aiden McGeady - 7/10
Outstanding to lay on Maguire’s goal.
Chris Maguire - 8/10
The central hub for a majority of Sunderland’s play. Great positioning for his goal also.
Marc McNulty - 7/10
Linked play well before suffering an injury.
(SUB) Charlie Wyke - 8/10
Played with a real aggression and intensity after his introduction - a real battering ram.
(SUB) Will Grigg - N/A
Barely involved after his late introduction.
(SUB) Denver Hume: N/A
Came on late to kill time