Jon McLaughlin: 6/10
Had very little to do all afternoon.
Jordan Willis: 7/10
Relatively untroubled defensively, did a great job getting forward to support and create space for Luke O’Nien and Chris Maguire.
Alim Ozturk: 5/10
Struggled with the pace of the game, Sunderland looked a lot more open with him in Bailey Wright’s spot.
Tom Flanagan: 7/10
Covered well for his teammates during Sunderland’s slack start, making one great interception and another crunching tackle. Was too quick to clear the ball to no-one at times.
Luke O’Nien: 7/10
Another who improved as the game wore on. Continued his great chemistry with Maguire and provided a real attacking thrust on the right.
George Dobson: 7/10
Was seemingly first to every 50-50 and loose ball, made smart decisions in possession and drove the Black Cats forward.
Max Power: 5/10
Much better in the second half, but not as influential as he has been in recent games, guilty of trying too much at times.
Denver Hume: 6/10
His pace, dribbling and movement was one of Sunderland’s best attacking weapons. The one major flaw was his lack of clarity in the box, Hume wasted two amazing chances to set up a Wearside opener.
Chris Maguire: 8/10
Unplayable at times, Maguire was the best player on the pitch finding space, firing precise crosses and constantly dragging Rovers defenders out of position.
Lynden Gooch: 6/10
Far from at his best today, but scored the all important opener.
Charlie Wyke: 7/10
Played a crucial role in the first two goals, cooly rounding Jamal Blackman for the second, after releasing Maguire with an excellent first time ball round the corner for the first.
(SUB) Antoine Semenyo: 6/10
Brought on with ten minutes left barely had a kick.
(SUB) Duncan Watmore: n/a
Introduced with five to go with the game all but wrapped up.
(SUB) Kyle Lafferty: n/a
Came on with Watmore.
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