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Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-1 Ipswich - Leadbitter’s penalty clinches win over promotion rivals

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Sunderland earned a vital three points against Ipswich Town, under slightly fortunate circumstances - here’s how Jimmy Lowson rated the lads out of ten.

Sunderland v Ipswich Town - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Getty Images

Lee Burge: 6/10

Was beaten by a powerful strike, even if his parry and positioning could have been better. Burge had little to do outside of that, making his failure to make a great save all the more frustrating.

Conor McLaughlin: 5/10

Defended well on the whole, but found himself caught out for Jack Lankester’s goal. His passing was a real problem, McLaughlin either seemed to want too long in possession or chose the wrong option going for the hollywood pass rather than trying to build out from the back.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

Swept up well for the most part, but was three-yards out of position for Ipswich’s goal.

Tom Flanagan: 5/10

Flanagan was dominant in the air at times, but on the whole got exposed in possession, just not a good enough technical footballer for a genuine promotion contender.

Luke O’Nien: 5/10

Another substandard performance from O’Nien. His crossing was poor and his defending one-on-one remains a real issue.

Grant Leadbitter: 7/10

Set the tone early, winning a handful of 50-50s, Leadbitter never really controlled the game and was caught ball watching in transition a few times, but scored a nerveless penalty to seal the points late on.

Josh Scowen: 5/10

Sunderland’s most active player in the first half, it felt like Scowen saw more of the ball than anyone else, the problem was his inconsistency. The midfielder struggled to create any meaningful opportunities and missed another point blank chance carrying on his profligacy from Saturday.

Lynden Gooch: 6/10

Did a good job of coming infield to create space for Denver Hume enabling the left wing back to be isolated one-on-one. Gooch’s positivity and creativity was best seen in his run and through ball to release Wyke for the opener.

Denver Hume: 7/10

We’re reaching a point where there’s a level of real expectation that magic can happen when Hume picks up the ball. His ball-carrying and crossing continue to improve, he’s close to becoming an elite attacking weapon at this level.

Chris Maguire: 6/10

Never really left his imprint on the game, his pressing was lethargic and half-hearted, plus he rarely threatened the Ipswich defence.

Charlie Wyke: 7/10

Took his goal brilliantly showcasing an excellent first touch, before finishing decisively. His hold up play was effective, but Wyke never really troubled the Town defence again.

(SUB) Max Power: 7/10

Showed great intent to play forwards and release Wyke and co every time he picked up the ball, added a much needed vertical element to our passing.

(SUB) Danny Graham: 6/10

Another game where Graham is introduced with roughly 20-minutes to go and does very little to impact the game.

(SUB) Dion Sanderson: n/a

Brought on to waste time and add height to the Sunderland backline in injury time.

Man of the Match

Denver Hume