Lee Burge: 7/10
Another game where despite Sunderland looking unconvincing for large spells of the match, our goalkeeper didn’t really get tested. Until, a brilliant through ball required him to race off his line and win a 50-50, which Burge did courageously.
Max Power: 7/10
Didn’t surge forwards to overlap as much as he did in his first two appearances at right back, but another dependable performance. Power’s tenacity was the most impressive aspect of his game, he crashed into a couple massive tackles.
Jordan Willis: 7/10
Like Power, the best part of Willis’ performance was his intensity, he was dominant in the air and aggressive winning the ball back throughout.
Bailey Wright: 7/10
Solid without being spectacular committed defenders by carrying the ball forwards with confidence and dealt well with Wimbledon’s aerial barrage alongside Willis.
Callum McFadzean: 6/10
Combined a good attacking first half performance, with a sloppy second half showing where he kept on giving Wimbledon possession.
Grant Leadbitter: 6/10
Did a great job putting the Dons under pressure with some clever vertical passing early on. Like a lot of Leadbitter’s recent performances there didn’t seem to be enough purpose or tempo to his play on the ball. Our club captain always seemed to want too much time on the ball or to take one too many touches.
Josh Scowen: 5/10
Never found a rhythm passing the ball, looked unsure of himself carrying the ball forwards as well. Late on we finally saw the best of Scowen, he showed great composure and expert timing to release Wyke for his hattrick.
Elliot Embleton: 7/10
Showed brilliant technique and awareness to release O’Brien in the build up to Sunderland’s opener and had a few brilliantly weighted passes in the final third.
Aiden O’Brien: 5/10
Set up Wyke’s goal excellently, but remains a frustrating watch, the first Sunderland player I’ve ever seen duck out of a 50-50 ten yards from the opponent’s goal.
Aiden McGeady: 6/10
The one player who showed his class in a chaotic opening five minutes, McGeady was quiet for large patches of the game, but did create some of Sunderland’s best chances.
Charlie Wyke: 9/10
Showed brilliant instincts to backheel Sunderland ahead. Worked tirelessly and nearly set up a second for Embleton. Confidently finished on the run, on the volley to seal the points too. Wyke added a third which oozed confidence, dinking past the onrushing Sam Walker.
(SUB) Carl Winchester: 5/10
I can’t really remember Winchester doing anything significant in the match, despite the midfielder playing a majority of the second half.
(SUB) Jack Diamond: 6/10
Did a good job protecting Power and getting back to defend, still gives away the ball more than you’d like.
(SUB) Chris Maguire: n/a
Came on ten minutes from time.
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