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Jimmy’s Player Ratings: MK Dons 0-3 Sunderland - Johnson’s Mackems cruise into the semi-finals!

Sunderland eased their way into the semi-finals of the Papa Johns Trophy with a convincing away victory at MK Dons. Here’s how Jimmy rated the lads...

Milton Keynes Dons v Sunderland - Papa John’s Trophy - Quarter Final - Stadium MK Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Images via Getty Images

Remi Matthews: 7/10

Didn’t have any particularly difficult saves to make, commanded his box well.

Max Power: 6/10

One of his tougher defensive outings as a right back, he got caught diving in a few times and was a non-factor going forward.

Jordan Willis: 7/10

Against a team that leaves spaces and takes risks, Willis’ lack of comfort in possession was consistently frustrating. But, Willis was solid defensively again, in a match where Sunderland conceded a lot of territory to the hosts.

Willis made one game-saving header to flick a goalbound shot behind for a corner.

Tom Flanagan: 6/10

Started the game strongly, reading play well, battling for everything in the air, but as the game wore on Flanagan started to get exposed. Two of MK Dons best chances came when Flanagan went diving into challenges and completely missed the ball.

Callum McFadzean: 4/10

He was on the pitch for less than half-an-hour, I counted at least four poor giveaways under little pressure.

Josh Scowen: 5/10

His passing remains a real source of frustration, but once again his workrate and ability to win challenges was vital.

Luke O’Nien: 7/10

Another who did almost all of his good work in a defensive setting. O’Nien’s competitive spirit stood out as per usual. He made one crucial block on our six yard box and threw himself into numerous 50-50s.

Jack Diamond: 6/10

Slightly better than the weekend but remains infuriatingly inconsistent. Diamond’s cavalier style is just leading to far too many cheap concessions of the football. He needs to find a better balance between taking risks and retaining possession, even if his pace and trickery remains enticing.

Jordan Jones: 7/10

Showed flashes of his close control and turn of pace, frustratingly we just didn’t seem able to feed him and give him more opportunities to run at Milton Keynes.

Aiden O’Brien: 6/10

Linked up play well, made a great run in the build up to Sunderland’s goal.

Lynden Gooch: 6/10

Started the game brightly terrorising MK with his pace, the limitations of playing Gooch up front soon showed. He just couldn’t impose himself or hold up possession against much bigger opponents.

(SUB) Dan Neil: 5/10

Struggled to get into the game, had a couple poor stray passes in midfield against the MK press.

(SUB) Grant Leadbitter: 7/10

Laid on Wyke’s header, helped settle the team down and see out the game.

(SUB) Charlie Wyke: 7/10

Glanced in a beauty to make it 3-0, hard to remember too many other moments from him, good or bad.

(SUB) Aiden McGeady: 7/10

Won a lot of corners provided an outlet in the last half hour. Crucially, he scored the game-sealing second goal.

(SUB) Oliver Younger: 6/10

Was mainly a spectator watching the midfield battle transpiring ahead of him.

Man of the Match

Jordan Jones

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