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PLAYER RATINGS: Sunderland 2-1 MK Dons - Here’s how the Lads rated after this afternoon’s win!

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Sunderland scored two good goals in a frantic first half to take three points off MK Dons at the SOL. Here’s how our man watching the match rated the Lads in red and white this afternoon.

Darlington v Sunderland: Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Jon McLaughlin: 5/10

Did absolutely nothing until the 54th minute when he whipped out his impression of a dozy bugger. It’s a great impression, and unfortunately some minor second half heroics don’t cancel out the great case he’s making for Burge.

Laurens De Bock: 7/10

Composed and calm on the ball. Had a touch of class about him. A reliable servant until he was substituted.

Joel Lynch: 8/10

Had a few close shaves in the first half but was good in the air, strong, and impressed the fans in the stands today.

Jordan Willis: 7/10

Battling performance from the skipper. Looks solid and dependable.

Conor McLaughlin: 6/10

Did his job for the most part, handled the basics well. Provided the assist for O’Nien’s goal.

Dylan McGeouch: 7/10

Integral to play for the majority of the match. Let down by his lack of pace a few times but he dictated the game for swathes.

Max Power: 8/10

Held his own ‘til it came time to score another worldie, and had a little burst of intent thereafter. He was lucky to only receive a yellow for pressing his knee down on the back of his opponent’s head. Reckless, but when you score goals like that it’s a risk worth taking.

Luke O’Nien: 8/10

Got absolutely stuck in from the first whistle. Very unlucky to see a good header turned away by the post but only minutes before he lobbed the ‘keeper with a contentious dink that won us the game. A constant presence in his new role.

Chris Maguire: 6/10

Occasionally looked a threat but has a tendency to dither greedily on the ball. For all his running about he missed an absolute sitter in the second half.

Lynden Gooch: 7/10

Industrious and eager as ever. Did very well to mirror McGeady’s role on the left wing, though unfortunately without the killer finish. A good day’s work.

Charlie Wyke: 6/10

Does well to hold up play and find space for his fellow attackers, but can’t seem to find reward for his efforts when it comes to making the difference in terms of scoreline. An athletic, determined performance but no more than one would expect.

(SUB) Will Grigg: 5/10

Pfffffff.

(SUB) Denver Hume: 5/10

Looked lively as ever going forward and worked hard going back. No complaints.

(SUB) George Dobson: 5/10

Did very little with very little time to do it in.

Man of the Match

Luke O’Nien. It’s fantastic to see a young player enjoy his work so much, and the look on his face when the goals go in is priceless. Busted a gut to make it happen today and the cheeky dink earns him our MOTM for me.