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Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-2 Gillingham - How did the Lads do today?

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Two goals from Kyle Lafferty on his first start for Sunderland were only good enough to secure a point as Gillingham levelled at the death. Here’s how Jimmy rated the lads in red and white after this afternoon’s game.

Sunderland v Gillingham - Sky Bet League One Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

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.

Man of the Match

Kyle Lafferty