Jon McLaughlin: 6/10
Had very little to do, made his one save well.
Jordan Willis: 5/10
Started the game strongly, but got worse as the game wore on, looked ruffled and uncomfortable in possession for most of the match.
Alim Ozturk: 5/10
Missed headers, poor tackles and slack passing, a subpar performance.
Joel Lynch: 5/10
Defended his 18-yard box well, but didn’t offer enough composure or quality on the ball.
Luke O’Nien: 6/10
Dominant in the air, average on the ground, one of Sunderland’s better players on a teamwide off night.
Max Power: 5/10
Another player who didn’t show anywhere near enough care or quality in possession.
George Dobson: 6/10
A typical combative performance, full of great energy, containing some outstanding tackles in the middle of the park.
Denver Hume: 7/10
Most of Sunderland’s best play came from Hume’s combination down the left with Lynden Gooch, his take-ons and drilled crosses were a real asset in a cagey game.
Chris Maguire: 5/10
It was Maguire’s careless square balls that really gave Doncaster the belief they could win at the Stadium of Light.
Lynden Gooch: 7/10
What’s this?! A confident Sunderland player showing the ability to make an impact in a League One match?! The only Sunderland player who performed to a reasonable standard, should have seen more of the ball.
Charlie Wyke: 4/10
The quality of service Wyke received was so poor, it’s almost impossible to judge his performance. But on the occasions he did get the ball, his quality was awful, he looked flat-footed and one-paced all night.
(SUB) Kyle Lafferty: 7/10
Linked play effectively in a brief 15-minute cameo.
(SUB) Duncan Watmore: 7/10
Looked sharp, and produced one outstanding run that should have led to a dangerous free kick.
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