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PLAYER RATINGS: Rochdale 1-2 Sunderland - Here’s how the Lads rated after close-fought victory

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Sunderland picked up their third successive win at Rochdale, with goals from Aiden McGeady and Charlie Wyke handing us the three points. Here’s how our man watching the game rated the Sunderland players after tonight’s performance.

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Jon McLaughlin: 7/10

Three great stops at the end gives big Jon a few extra marks - should have done better for the goal, though.

Luke O’Nien: 6/10

One of Sunderland’s best attackers, O’Nien produced outstanding quality on both goals, but was suspect defensively all night and particularly susceptible to balls over the top.

Jordan Willis: 8/10

Recovered from a lethargic start to produce another dominant aerial performance.

Alim Ozturk: 7/10

One of his best passing displays in red and white, Ozturk did the basics of defending very well too.

Conor McLaughlin: 5/10

Didn’t bring his first touch to Rochdale, looked uncomfortable all night.

Max Power: 5/10

Really ineffective and a non factor before being subbed off.

Grant Leadbitter: 7/10

The only progressive passer in the Sunderland team, a rare bright spark in a sorry first half.

Lynden Gooch: 4/10

Barely involved, when Gooch did find time and space on the ball he tried too hard, overhitting passes and trying to take on too many players at once.

Aiden McGeady: 7/10

Even on an off night he produces a quality finish and vital assist.

Chris Maguire: 5/10

One of those evenings where Maguire’s technique lets him down and he struggles make any positive impact on Sunderland’s attacking play.

Charlie Wyke: 7/10

The big man stepped up when it mattered and won his fair share of headers. Looks confident.

(SUB) Will Grigg: 6/10

His introduction changed Sunderland’s fortunes, his energy helped the Black Cats finally sustain attacking pressure against Dale.

(SUB) Dylan McGeouch: 6/10

Tidy and composed during his short stint on the pitch from the bench.

(SUB) Elliot Embleton: N/A

Wasn’t on long enough to leave an impression.

Man of the Match: Jordan Willis