Lee Burge: 6/10
Struggled with his kicking, but didn’t have a meaningful save to make in normal time.
Jordan Willis: 7/10
Great all round performance. Was dominant in the air and looked confident joining attacks going forwards.
Bailey Wright: 7/10
Kept Tom Eaves quiet before his withdrawal, played with decent aggression and remains a calming presence when we look to build attacks out from the back.
Tom Flanagan: 5/10
The weak link in the team. Had difficulties dealing with Mallik Wilks’ pace and once again looked uncomfortable in possession.
Luke O’Nien: 5/10
Started excellently setting up an early chance and producing a quite brilliant cross soon after, before being exposed defensively in the second half, was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty.
Max Power: 7/10
Another smart passing display, Power was the more advanced of our two central midfielders and seemed to enjoy the greater responsibility in attack.
George Dobson: 6/10
Tidy with the ball, reckless at times without it, conceding needless fouls.
Denver Hume: 7/10
Night and day from preseason. Looked confident linking up with Power and showed a much improved final ball throughout, had one of his best games tackling too.
Aiden O’Brien: 7/10
Squandered a brilliant chance one-on-one, but looked good outside of that. Showcased his great quick feet often, and was unlucky not to have an assist within 15 seconds of his competitive debut.
Chris Maguire: 6/10
Loses a mark for missing an absolute sitter, could also have registered an early assist with better finishing from his teammates. Was his usual creative self all afternoon.
Will Grigg: 7/10
Looks re-energised this season. Was unlucky to have goal harshly chalked off early and battled more than last term, Grigg is finally getting on the end of chances in a Sunderland shirt.
(SUB) Charlie Wyke: 6/10
Had a great effort saved, barely saw the ball in his 15-minute cameo outside of that.
(SUB) Lynden Gooch: 4/10
A quite awful cameo, overhit passes, conceded dumb fouls and just never got to the grips with the game.
Man of the Match
George Honeyman: 7/10
Didn’t create any chances, gave away the ball quite a bit, but boy does that lad graft. He gets the usual for being such a great human.