Jon McLaughlin: 6/10
Made several decent saves to keep Sunderland level in the first period, was quick off his line when he had to be, but dodged a bullet after naively picking up Tom Flanagan’s back pass.
Jordan Willis: 6/10
Real mixed bag with the ball, produced some great challenges after struggling early on with Ipswich’s movement.
Bailey Wright: 7/10
Read play well, made crucial interventions in the Sunderland area, and amazingly for a Sunderland defender passed out from the back successfully.
Tom Flanagan: 4/10
His decision-making and passing were dreadful throughout, looked lightweight and flat-footed when tested one-on-one.
Luke O’Nien: 5/10
Exposed defensively for the second game running, was forced into being passive after picking up a dumb yellow card early on.
George Dobson: 6/10
Was involved in most of Sunderland’s good play after the break, saw an excellent through ball go to waste as it was aimed at the glacially slow Charlie Wyke.
Max Power: 5/10
Looked like a Sunday League Steven Gerrard picking the wrong pass and trying too much over and over again.
Denver Hume: 5/10
Struggled defensively in the first half and failed to deliver with his final ball in the second.
Chris Maguire: 7/10
An absolute Jekyll and Hyde game, Sunderland’s worst player in the first and best in the second.
Lynden Gooch: 5/10
Hit post after a great individual run, but struggled mightily outside of that, giving away the ball and spending more time trying to referee the game than help his teammates.
Charlie Wyke: 5/10
Improved as the game wore on, but missed another sitter as he once again failed to convince as a top level League One striker.
(SUB) Kyle Lafferty: 7/10
Much better than Portsmouth, held up the ball well and worked tirelessly after his introduction.
(SUB) Conor McLaughlin : n/a
Classic time-wasting substitution in stoppage time.
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