Remi Matthews : 4/10
Fumbled a tame looking shot to present the visitors with an easy chance to score an unlikely opener. On an evening where our stopper had little to nothing to do, he really shouldn’t be dropping regulation saves.
Conor McLaughlin: 6/10
Linked up well with Luke O’Nien, showed an urgency to get forwards and had Sunderland’s best effort of a tepid first half.
One area of frustration was McLaughlin’s desperation to look long and play in behind rather than build attacks between the lines, the Northern Ireland international was too quick to go direct and didn’t show enough patience.
Bailey Wright: 5/10
Wright didn’t impose himself on the game and looked to be playing in cruise control at times.
Tom Flanagan: 5/10
Same old story with Flanagan, plenty of effort, some alert defending, but just nowhere near enough quality and care in his passing.
Luke O’Nien: 5/10
Showed great movement and urgency to get into the box, O’Nien was unlucky that his teammates didn’t always read his clever crosses and cutbacks in and around the area.
The season long issue remains for O’Nien his lack of crossing ability or craft in wide areas he remains mainly a non-threat out there. Which is a huge concern in a team so obsessed with creating chances out on the flanks. His arm injury picked up in injury time looked a nasty one.
Grant Leadbitter: 5/10
Uncharacteristically sloppy in possession, inconsistent defensively, not good enough.
Josh Scowen: 6/10
Another busy performance, Scowen got into good areas and was one of the few Black Cats who passed the ball at speed and at a tempo.
Max Power: 7/10
Mixed up his long and short range passing well, got stuck in the rare occasions that Burton tried to counter. Crucially, Power was the man who equalised, arriving emphatically nod in a Denver Hume cross.
Denver Hume: 6/10
Received the ball in great areas and did a brilliant job creating space and separation out wide, annoyingly outside of his well weighted assist, his final ball rarely picked out another red and white shirt.
Elliot Embleton: 5/10
Showed flashes of his obvious ability with clever blind passes and first time volleys, but the youngster was also sloppy in the final third too often. Embleton was guilty of running with his head down, or taking a heavy touch when pressing in Burton’s defensive third.
Embleton also missed a brilliant headed chance, failing to attack the ball from six-yards out.
Charlie Wyke: 5/10
Came off hobbled after picking up a knock chasing down a lost cause 15 minutes in, he struggled on for another 15, but clearly wasn’t right after the challenge.
(SUB) Danny Graham: 5/10
The service into him was poor and we rarely played to his strengths, but Graham never ever troubles defences, he looked slow and rarely brought others into play.
(SUB) Chris Maguire: 5/10
Another game where Maguire was mainly anonymous.
(SUB) Will Grigg: 6/10
Was unlucky to miss two decent headed chances.
(SUB) Dion Sanderson: n/a
Came on injury time after O’Nien suffered a painful looking shoulder injury.
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