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Jimmy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-1 Lincoln - GET YA SUIT MEASURED, WE’RE OFF TO WEMBLEY!

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Lee Burge: 6/10

Was unlucky to see was decent stop fall at the feet of Anthony Scully to concede. Was barely involved in the game outside of that.

Max Power: 6/10

Was quietly effective for most of the game, but showed miserable effort and awareness for the Lincoln goal. Power made no effort to stop the cross, in fact he appeared to try and evade the ball.

Luke O’Nien: 6/10

Real mixed bag. Made an impressive interception early on and produced a smart diving header to defend the near post.

Equally, O’Nien ran out-of-position to create Lincoln’s best counter of the first-half and was fortunate not to be punished when he lost his man from a first-half corner.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

Another who’s passing was on point, he made one big challenge to save a goal scoring chance too. Wright was removed at half-time after failing with a recurring calf injury.

Callum McFadzean: 6/10

Started the game with the sort of nonchalance that makes you think he might have been drugged before kick-off. Improved as the half wore on, having Sunderland’s best shot of a drowsy first-half, he also nearly created a great opportunity with an excellently weighted cross from the byline.

Grant Leadbitter: 4/10

Had some decent passes throughout the game, but frustratingly, Leadbitter’s most memorable moments were poor pieces of execution in the final third. He botched a cross from a great position and had a miserable effort from distance.

Our club captain didn’t sense danger and left his opposite number in acres of space for the opening goal.

Josh Scowen: 5/10

Scowen probably didn’t give away the ball every time he got it, but it sure felt like that in the first-half.

Before being removed early in the second-half we did see some of Scowen’s better qualities, he won possession a few times by being lively chasing down the ball.

Dan Neil: 7/10

Looks a real talent, his ability to turn quickly and his spacial awareness stood out, especially in the first 10 minutes.

Annoyingly most of Neil’s best touches came in the first two thirds of the pitch and he didn’t really have a major attacking impact on the game.

Lynden Gooch: 4/10

Had one or two brilliant moments including one excellent drag back nutmeg. Those moments were overshadowed by a failure to produce any meaningful quality in the Lincoln half.

Aiden McGeady: 6/10

Started the game with a proverbial hangover from his Doncaster masterclass, but got better as the game wore on. McGeady was involved in most of Sunderland’s best moments, some of his incisive passing was excellent, finding gaps in a stubborn Lincoln backline.

He laid on the Wyke equaliser with another deft cross.

Charlie Wyke: 7/10

Scored another beauty. He didn’t do a lot outside of the Lincoln box, but when he did he generally did a decent job linking play. It’s a testament to how well Wyke’s playing, that even on a ‘quiet’ night he still scored and had two other shots in the opposition box.

(SUB) Conor McLaughlin: 6/10

Commited a few fouls, made a few regulation passes under little pressure.

(SUB) Chris Maguire: 7/10

Worked harder than he has all season without the ball, had good chemistry with Diamond down the right.

(SUB) Jack Diamond: 6/10

Put in a beauty of a cross that Wyke easily could have scored from.

(SUB) Aiden O’Brien: n/a

Came on in the final ten minutes.

Man of the Match

Charlie Wyke

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