Lee Burge: 7/10
Made an important save parrying away Luke Thomas’ effort to keep Sunderland ahead. This was another game where the Sunderland keeper didn’t face many shots on goal.
Max Power: 6/10
Put in a beauty to set up Wyke, played some clever early balls in behind the Ipswich backline too. More than in other appearances, Power’s limitations as a right back showed here, he was reluctant to carry the ball forwards when in space and gave away too many cheap fouls.
Bailey Wright: 6/10
Combined excellent long range passes with poor ones, was guilty of losing concentration on a few occasions, but didn’t really have too many chances to redeem himself against ten men, before being carted off injured.
Jordan Willis: 6/10
Read play well and did the little defending he had to do well, the one issue was just how ponderous Willis was carrying the ball forwards and playing out from the back.
Callum McFadzean: 6/10
Unsurprisingly, in a game where he didn’t have to do much defending, McFadzean looked like a decent League One player. Like many Sunderland players he was guilty of fouling too much though.
Grant Leadbitter: 4/10
His mid to long range passing was appalling, and our club captain just wanted too much time to make decisions, he gave Ipswich’s ten men far too much time to get organised.
Carl Winchester: 5/10
Another who disappointed, Winchester did show some quality with an excellent flick in the build up to Wyke’s goal. The issue with Winchester was he didn’t show any nous in the final third, whether on the right, or through the middle he rarely found the right final ball.
Josh Scowen: 5/10
Like Sunderland’s other central midfielders there was just too much bad passing.
Aiden McGeady: 6/10
Didn’t show much quality, was mainly on the periphery of the game, uninvolved despite Sunderland dominating the ball.
Charlie Wyke: 7/10
Scored maybe his best goal of the season yet with an excellent first time finish. Worked tirelessly all match winning a series of free kicks and dominating an inexperienced Ipswich backline.
Aiden O’Brien: 7/10
Linked play well by dropping into midfield, consistently showed quality on the ball which was rare in a game where Sunderland looked mainly bereft of confidence and quality, especially in attacking areas.
(SUB) Elliot Embleton: 7/10
Sunderland’s passing and movement improved almost instantly after half-time, not all of that was down to Embleton, but his clever movement and direct passing certainly helped.
(SUB) Dion Sanderson: 7/10
Won some 50-50s impressively, looked to play more vertically than the injured Wright and nearly got Embleton and O’Brien in behind a few times.
(SUB) Lynden Gooch: n/a
Made his return to first-team action ten minutes from time.
(SUB) Luke O’Nien: n/a
Made his first-team return just before stoppage time started.
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