Lee Burge: 6/10
Didn’t have a save to make, -hard to remember Burge making any meaningful contributions to the game, good or bad.
Conor McLaughlin: 7/10
Started the game slowly, but quickly became one of the better performers in the side. McLaughlin showcased great composure and an ability to choose the right pass under pressure more often than not.
Dion Sanderson: 7/10
Was guilty of getting too tight to his man a few times and picked up a cheap booking in the first half. Yet, just like Saturday, Sanderson was a commanding and calming presence.
Sanderson showed his usual composure on the ball and was aggressive when he needed to be in the tackle too.
Luke O’Nien: 6/10
Hard to remember a quieter O’Nien performance - not that that’s a bad thing when he’s playing as a centre back.
Lynden Gooch: 7/10
Had a few really impressive bursts through the Fleetwood midfield to open up space. Was our most threatening player on the night, with his quick feet and change of speed.
Grant Leadbitter: 5/10
Started the game with a series of hospital passes, had one of his worst corners of the season which is saying something.
Max Power: 7/10
His passing was pretty inconsistent all night, but in a game where Sunderland were lethargic, Power’s willingness to add speed and tempo to our play stood out.
He topped off his performance with the game-clinching second goal.
Callum McFadzean: 5/10
His crossing was poor, and he gave the ball away all night.
Aiden McGeady: 7/10
The McGeady paradox, even when 90% of contributions are pretty rubbish, he still has that game winning ability. Thankfully, he crossed in a beauty to set up O’Brien.
Aiden O’Brien: 7/10
Pressed well, put a real shift in and did brilliantly to finish McGeady’s deft cross.
Charlie Wyke: 6/10
I can barely remember him touching the ball.
(SUB) Jordan Jones: 7/10
Still looks too good for this level, produced one 40-yard run that just looked totally out-of-place in a League One match.
(SUB) Carl Winchester: 5/10
Got 20 minutes, didn’t really leave his mark on the game.
(SUB) Chris Maguire: 7/10
Came on with just over ten minutes to go and set up Sunderland’s second, picking out Power from a corner.
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