Remi Matthews: 7/10
Made a terrific double save just after half time, the second stop being from point blank range. His reactions to get up and hold onto a second shot inside his six-yard-box were magnificent.
Conor McLaughlin: 7/10
Competent performance, one of the few Sunderland players who looked comfortable with the ball at his feet throughout.
Bailey Wright: 6/10
Dealt with Fleetwood’s aerial attack well, like Grant Leadbitter on a night where Sunderland were struggling for any confidence or momentum in possession, you’d hope for more quality the stand-in skipper.
For a second week running worryingly, when the home team cranked up the pressure Wright wilted. He made a poor mistake for Fleetwood’s equaliser and looked out of sorts in the second half.
Tom Flanagan: 5/10
Won a few 50-50s and battled well, but like a lot of his teammates just didn’t look assured in possession or confident in what he was doing.
Luke O’Nien: 6/10
Played with great energy and saw one outstanding cross well-defended, beyond that his decision-making on the counter and in the final third left a lot to be desired.
Grant Leadbitter: 5/10
Another Sunderland player who was ok overall, but really didn’t do enough to lift his teammates or raise the overall level of Sunderland’s performance, too slow and ponderous on the ball.
Leadbitter struggled on the other side of the ball with Scowen playing further forwards and more to the right compared to the Doncaster game, Leadbitter was often in desperation mode trying to stop counters and found wanting.
Josh Scowen: 5/10
Got into good areas, but was largely wasteful when pressing forwards.
Denver Hume: 5/10
Showed more urgency and confidence breaking forwards than a lot of his colleagues, but just didn’t have the quality in his play to back it up. A lot of his crossing and passing was wasteful, whilst he was caught ball-watching too often at the other end.
Chris Maguire: 5/10
Had to come really deep to see any of the ball, more through the failings of his teammates and Phil Parkinson’s system than poor individual effort, Maguire was barely involved,
Charlie Wyke: 7/10
Won a lot of flick ons and played a few clever balls in behind, and crucially capitalised on a communication breakdown in the Fleetwood defence to nod Sunderland ahead.
Danny Graham: 5/10
Another game where he fell over all the time. For the most part the quality wasn’t there when he did get the ball to feet, Graham also squandered the best opportunity of the first half, mishitting a square ball, wasting an opportunity to put Wyke through on goal.
(SUB) Will Grigg: 5/10
Failed to score from a decent Scowen cross, quiet outside of that.
(SUB) Max Power: n/a
Brought on with three minutes of regulation time to go.
(SUB) Callum McFadzean: n/a
Came on with Power when Parkinson was in damage limitation mode.
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