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Player Ratings: Charlton 0-0 Sunderland - Tom Flanagan sees red as SAFC rue missed chances

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Sunderland missed a host of first half chances and then had to play the game out with ten men when Tom Flanagan was sent off, drawing 0-0 with Charlton. Here’s how Jimmy Lowson rated each of the Lads out of ten.

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Lee Burge: 6/10

Was quick off his line when he had to be, surprisingly didn’t have many saves to make. Nonetheless his most assured performance this season.

Tom Flanagan: 5/10

Jekyll and Hyde performance. Looked really sharp, made great decisions and showed a new found confidence on the ball in the first half. Second half was the opposite. His passing went awry and he struggled bring the ball forwards. The red card was not totally his own fault as Wright and Willis left him exposed, but summed up his decline after the break.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

Read the game well, was quick to snuff out any danger in the first half. Looked a step slower in the second half, this was typified by him being beaten to the ball in the build up to Flanagan’s sending off.

Jordan Willis: 5/10

Endured a few nevry moments, but played with great intent and energy, overlapping and supporting on Sunderland’s dangerous right-hand side in the opening period. Looked seriously edgy and awkward once Phil Parkinson was forced to switch to a back four following Flanagan’s dismissal.

Luke O’Nien: 6/10

The story of his season so far, for all the tenacity he brings to this Sunderland side, his final ball continues to let him down.

Grant Leadbitter: 7/10

Guilty of giving the ball away cheaply a few times and got away with a dangerous first half tackle, but for the most part Leadbitter was composure personified in midfield. Our club captain did an excellent job carrying the ball and committing Charlton players.

Josh Scowen: 7/10

Offered a real threat on the right, linked up well with Willis, O’Nien and O’Brien to cause Charlton problems.

Denver Hume: 5/10

Just gave away the ball time and time again. Even the occasional flash of quality was followed up more often than not by a poor cross.

Lynden Gooch: 6/10

Looked an awkward fit, in that inside left position, worked hard, but conceded possession in dangerous areas he simply isn’t used to being in. Got better after the restart, winning free kicks and committing Addicks defenders.

Aiden O’Brien: 7/10

Easily his best game in a Sunderland shirt. He caused havoc, linking play expertly and bringing others into play. The only blot on his copybook was his failure to finish an excellent first half chance.

Danny Graham: 3/10

Finished miserably, should have had a brace and looked slow reacting to what was going on around him.

(SUB) Charlie Wyke: 5/10

Released O’Nien well on one occasion, but crucially he couldn’t sort his feet out when Hume flashed a great ball across the Charlton area.

(SUB) Will Grigg: 6/10

Was barely involved in the game. Grigg was unfortunate to see one great teasing cross to Wyke to well-defended late on.

Man of the Match

Aiden O’Brien