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Player Ratings: Doncaster 1-1 Sunderland - Pathetic defending as SAFC throw away victory

Grant Leadbitter’s first half screamer counted for little as sloppy, pathetic defending from Sunderland allowed Doncaster to equalise in injury time. Here’s how Jimmy Lowson rated the Lads out of ten.

Doncaster Rovers v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Remi Matthews: 6/10

Blameless for the last minute equaliser barely tested outside of that.

Conor McLaughlin: 7/10

Continued from where he left off before the international break, McLaughlin offers greater technical quality and composure than the hobbled version of Jordan Willis we’ve been watching recently.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

Not at his supreme best in possession, tidied up well for the most part, before his bizarre shocking attempt at a clearance that led to Doncaster’s goal.

Tom Flanagan: 6/10

Real mixed bag from Flanagan. He enjoyed maybe his best passing performance of the season, but was also Sunderland’s weak link at the back.

Flanagan was too reliant on defending by fouling and got caught out of position too often, although Denver Hume should have done more to get back and help out the centre half, who was often left defending one-on-one.

Luke O’Nien: 7/10

Looked re-energised back at right wing back, made clever runs in between Doncaster defenders and showed uncharacteristic flair in the final third.

Annoyingly O’Nien just played really sloppily in the second half, whether it was fatigue or nerves, he became a liability as the game wore on.

Grant Leadbitter: 7/10

Scored a quite magnificent opener and helped set the tempo alongside Josh Scowen once it became obvious Doncaster were there for the taking.

His passing was crisp, accurate and often positive, the only drawbacks were his struggles stopping Rovers breaks where he fouled often and was fortunate to avoid being cautioned.

Josh Scowen: 8/10

In a plot twist nobody could have seen coming... Scowen, a former Championship central midfielder is pretty good when you play him in a conventional central midfield role.

What stood out was Scowen’s composure and ability to see passes between the lines. He showcased more class and quality than we’ve often seen in that second midfield role in League One.

Lynden Gooch: 7/10

Should have won a first half penalty, crossed the ball about as well he ever has, and linked up well with his teammates cutting in to create space for Hume.

Denver Hume: 6/10

Struggled badly with his crossing early on, but kicked on from there. It was as if Hume sensed the confidence his teammates were playing with and started carrying the ball, committing defenders in his usual manner after that.

Chris Maguire: 5/10

Nowhere near his best - his crossing was poor and, as he can on off days, Maguire just conceded possession too carelessly, too often.

Charlie Wyke: 4/10

Wyke started the game well, but regressed badly. He botched a great chance to head in from 6-yards, hesitating allowing the defender to beat him to the ball.

Wyke’s hold up play was virtually non-existent in the second half - he miscontrolled the ball a few times and too often stopped playing to complain about perceived free kicks the referee didn’t award him.

(SUB) Elliot Embleton: 6/10

Had one wild shot that was harmlessly off target barely involved outside of that.

(SUB) Max Power: n/a

Brought on in injury time to waste time.

Man of the Match

Josh Scowen

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