Jon McLaughlin: 7/10
Only had one save to make, was quick to recycle possession and threw the ball quickly and effectively on the odd occasion it did reach him.
Jordan Willis: 8/10
Was alert and quick to snuff out any danger on Rochdale’s rare forays into the Sunderland half, got forward to support Luke O’Nien and Chris Maguire effectively too.
Bailey Wright: 8/10
Has improved the whole team with his extra composure in defence and perceptive ability to read danger, another excellent showing.
Tom Flanagan: 8/10
Maybe his best ever passing display in red and white, Flanagan did a brilliant job releasing Hume time and time again, our lanky centre half didn’t have to do much defending all night.
Luke O’Nien: 6/10
His performance really dipped after half time, like his fellow wing back he wasted several great crossing opportunities.
Max Power: 8/10
Another Black Cat who enjoyed one of his best passing displays of the season, helped his team complete an utterly dominant performance.
George Dobson: 7/10
Quieter than his midfield partner, recycled possession effectively and covered plenty of ground throughout.
Denver Hume: 5/10
For the second game running for the most part, Hume’s crossing wasn’t up to scratch.
Chris Maguire: 8/10
The architect of the opening two goals, helping to start the scoring with a phenomenal cross, one of those nights where the 31-year-old was simply unplayable.
Lynden Gooch: 8/10
Bagged a brace and had a major role in a lot of Sunderland’s overwhelming, high tempo passing.
Charlie Wyke: 7/10
Made a nuisance of himself and was unlucky to see some of his impressive penalty box movement go unrewarded.
(SUB) Antoine Semenyo: 7/10
Linked play well and produced one outstanding turn in midfield.
(SUB) Duncan Watmore: 6/10
Unable to make an impact in limited minutes.
(SUB) Kyle Lafferty: n/a
Barely had a kick in his short cameo.
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