Jon McLaughlin: 8/10
Did well in tricky conditions, always provided an option for the defenders and his distribution was pretty good, too. Produced a couple of excellent saves in the final ten to keep his clean sheet.
Jordan Willis: 9/10
Some fantastic overlapping runs from the central defender, and some brilliant crossing. Provided the ball for Hume to bag his first Sunderland goal, and was a constant thorn in Wycombe’s side. Defensively very sound, too.
Alim Ozturk: 8/10
His usual no-nonsense self, Ozturk was dependent throughout and rarely put a foot wrong.
Tom Flanagan: 8/10
Had a great shot saved by the Wycombe keeper. Played some tidy football and defended well before being substituted at half time.
Max Power: 9/10
Over the last several weeks Power’s presence on the pitch has been a crucial factor in Sunderland’s resurgence. Tidy with the ball, Power constantly barks orders around the pitch and Sunderland look an organised outfit under his leadership. His tackle in the 50th minute to set Gooch away on the break was absolutely brilliant. A proper captain’s performance.
George Dobson: 8/10
His energy was tremendous yet again today as he harried and tackles all over the pitch. Played some nice football at times, too. Forming a really solid partnership with Power in the middle.
Luke O’Nien: 8/10
O’Nien was relentless on the right flank. Did well defensively and showed some great technical ability to release players - another good performance.
Denver Hume: 9/10
Linked well with Gooch to help set up Wyke’s opener, and then buried a lovely effort after some great play from Jordan Willis. His dribbling was excellent, and defensively he looked much more assured - he’s a real asset to this side.
Chris Maguire: 10/10
At the centre of Sunderland’s neat interplay, Maguire was constantly looking to make things happen. Cool as a cucumber with his penalty, the shithousery that followed... top notch. Second half, Maguire kept up the great display and bagged a sensational free kick - class!
Lynden Gooch: 10/10
You could throw so many superlatives at Gooch’s performances in recent weeks, but they wouldn’t be enough. His desire and technical ability has lifted the entire team - his role floating around the final third suits him down to a tee and allows him to make things happen. Great delivery for Wyke’s goal and unlucky not to get one himself.
Charlie Wyke: 9/10
Another cracking performance, this time with a goal, too! Wyke was everywhere in attack, he held the ball up well, won the lion’s share of aerial battles, and was constantly forcing Wycombe onto the back foot. He missed a couple of decent opportunities, but Wycombe just couldn’t handle him.
(SUB) Joel Lynch: 7/10
Replaced Tom Flanagan who took a knock to the shoulder, and gave a decent performance on the left side of Sunderland’s defence. A couple of rash challenges that weren’t necessary, but also provided a great covering block in the final few minutes.
(SUB) Marc McNulty: N/A
Came on for the last five minutes and afforded Gooch a standing ovation.
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