Jon McLaughlin: 6/10
Spoiled a good performance by letting Mikael Madron’s daisy-cutter in at the death.
Jordan Willis: 7/10
Got forward and supported Chris Maguire and Luke O’Nien effectively, was good defensively apart from one awful moment for Gillingham’s first goal.
Alim Ozturk: 6/10
Recovered from a slow start, to put in a solid, no thrills performance.
Tom Flanagan: 6/10
Played some of the Black Cats’ best and worst passes, struggled when isolated out wide one-on-one.
Luke O’Nien: 6/10
Infuriatingly inconsistent, combined some great moments with some baffling concessions of possession.
Max Power: 6/10
Got worse as the pressure increased, poor in the dying minutes.
George Dobson: 5/10
Awful all match, apart from his defence-splitting pass to lay on Lafferty’s second.
Denver Hume: 4/10
It’s a testament to how badly Hume played, that he could create two of Sunderland’s best two chances and still get a 4/10. Weak defensively and poor creating chances and showing composure for the most part.
Chris Maguire: 6/10
Phil Parkinson’s men were almost totally dependent on Maguire for attacking invention, the 31-year-old wasn’t at his best, but on a poor day for the Black Cats he showed miles more creativity and ability than his teammates.
Lynden Gooch: 5/10
Squandered a superb chance and barely contributed outside of that, was mainly used as a decoy for Hume.
Kyle Lafferty: 7/10
Showcased great attacking instincts and unflappable composure on a day where his teammates simply didn’t have enough of either.
(SUB) Antoine Semenyo: 6/10
Had some great moments, but couldn’t find the killer pass to get Sunderland that all important third goal.
(SUB) Josh Scowen: n/a
Came on to kill time in the dying minutes.
(SUB) Joel Lynch: n/a
Came on just before injury time.
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