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.