Lee Burge: 9/10
Was desperately unlucky with the own goal he conceded. Yet that moment became a total afterthought when he saved twice from Doncaster penalties.
Conor McLaughlin: 6/10
Looked composed on the ball, made a couple important interceptions . The only slight downside to his performance was he did get caught out, pressing high up the pitch a couple times.
Dion Sanderson: 8/10
His composure was vital today, his defending was almost exemplary. Sanderson loses some credit for not being tight enough to cut out the shot that led to the Burge own goal.
Bailey Wright: 7/10
Had a couple sloppy moments and lost Omar Bogle for Doncaster’s best chance. Wright did make some important interceptions in a open, surprisingly nerve-wracking second-half.
Callum McFadzean: 6/10
Looked assured popping up more centrally to join in attacks. Although, he did get away with one poor giveaway in the second half.
Even when he’s playing well, his defensive shortcomings have a way of overshadowing things, he was bailed out by Burge who spared him by saving the penalty he conceded.
Max Power: 8/10
Played with great urgency throughout, his passing wasn’t perfect, but he was decisive in everything he did and showed a real commitment to trying to progress Sunderland forwards.
Probably the best Power has looked defensively playing for Sunderland. He seemed one step ahead of the Doncaster midfield all game.
Josh Scowen: 7/10
Couldn’t quite capatilise on the great forward areas he got into and was wasteful in the final third.
Scowen improved after half-time and played an important role linking up play for Sunderland’s fourth.
Luke O’Nien: 6/10
Showed off his brilliant energy and some impressive passing playing in his favoured midfield role.
The issue with O’Nien is his inability to get out of his own way. The lad makes too many avoidable mistakes. His brain-fart to give away their first penalty was inexcusable and he could have been sent off, just like his last start in midfield.
Aiden McGeady: 10/10
Played three or four of the best passes I’ve seen from a Sunderland player, regardless of division. His crossing was even more crucial, outstanding. Four assists, each of them from expertly delivered crosses.
Lynden Gooch: 7/10
The quietest of Sunderland’s forwards, Gooch had some impressive moments, but squandered a brilliant chance one-on-one.
Charlie Wyke: 10/10
FOUR GOALS! Wyke is turning into an absolute monster in the penalty box. His headers were emphatic.
(SUB) Grant Leadbitter: 7/10
Excelled in the role he was brought on for, calming things down and keeping possession.
(SUB) Jack Diamond: n/a
Brought on with just over ten minutes to go.
(SUB) Aiden O’Brien: n/a
Came on with Diamond.
(SUB) Jordan Jones: n/a
Replaced the excellent McGeady when the game was already won.
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