Jon McLaughlin: 7/10
Made two top drawer saves, was caught flatfooted for Christian Burgess’ goal, but great outside of that.
Jordan Willis: 6/10
Stepped up in the second half when all his teammates shied away from the challenge of competing against a decent Portsmouth team.
Bailey Wright: 4/10
Started the game excellently, but regressed from there, was fortunate not to be punished for two poor first half errors.
Joel Lynch: 5/10
Seems to play below his ability levels every week, nearly gifted Portsmouth a goal after running away from the ball in the first half.
Luke O’Nien: 5/10
Positionally naive, ineffective going forward.
George Dobson: 5/10
Crumbled when the pressure was on in the second half, produced the most laughably rubbish piece of football I’ve seen since Don Love’s world class own goal.
Max Power: 5/10
Tried too much too often, another off passing day for Sunderland’s de facto skipper.
Denver Hume: 5/10
Mixed bag as ever, struggled with his crossing, yet looked more capable than most of his teammates in attacking situations.
Chris Maguire: 4/10
Repeated his Doncaster horror show, played with a slackness and carelessness that’s simply unacceptable in such a big match.
Lynden Gooch: 6/10
Like Hume, Gooch looked dangerous at times, but like the inexperienced full back his final ball and decision making let him down.
Charlie Wyke: 4/10
An embarrassing display, left his first touch in the North East and looked like a competition winner playing in his first ever professional football game.
(SUB) Kyle Lafferty : 4/10
Lost every duel, barely touched it, a complete spectator.
(SUB) Antoine Semenyo: 5/10
Deer in the headlights display, didn’t look prepared for men’s football.
(SUB) Duncan Watmore: 4/10
Barely had a kick, looked lightweight and soft on the odd occasion he had possession.
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