Lee Burge: 5/10
Easily the most eventful game he’s had in a League One match. Burge was slightly at fault for MK’s first goal, but could do nothing about Cameron Jerome’s close range finish.
Burge never fills you with confidence, he nearly gifted Mk Dons a third when he vacated his goal trying to read a ball over the top and refused to claim crosses in his own six-yard-box.
Max Power: 7/10
Squandered a great chance before half-time, was one of Sunderland’s more combative defenders though. His crossing was pretty good on the few times he forayed forward.
Bailey Wright: 5/10
Some of his passing was decent, he was guilty of ball watching too often though and was part of an unconvincing left hand side of the Sunderland defence alongside the overmatched, Jake Vokins.
Jordan Willis: 5/10
Passed the ball miserably, but did make up for a lot of his teammates more sloppy defensive moments with good reading of the game.
Jake Vokins: 3/10
Hard to remember many worse Sunderland debuts. Vokins gave off strong Brendan Galloway vibes with his inability to read the flight of the ball. His passing and decision making was substandard too.
Vokins also looked just as meek as Callum McFadzean when it came to closing down the ball and showing any aggression or authority when it comes to defending.
Grant Leadbitter: 4/10
Looked double his 35 years of age in an appalling sequence that led to the Milton Keynes first goal. Leadbitter was floored by a simple piece of skill and took an age to close down the ball in the first of three shots that led to an MK goal.
Luke O’Nien: 7/10
Plenty of energy, some decent passing and a great goal. O’Nien did defend badly in the early stages of the game though.
His equaliser was brilliant. The Cruyff and finish on his left foot was technically excellent and emphatic.
Lynden Gooch: 6/10
Real mixed bag some of his running was excellent, but his passing and decision-making in the final third was suspect. Gooch was guilty of being too greedy a few times.
Aiden McGeady: 7/10
Threaded a brilliant ball through to Wyke for the opener and was integral in Sunderland’s improved second half showing.
Aiden O’Brien: 7/10
Maybe his best game in a Sunderland shirt. Linked play well, did brilliantly to release McGeady in the build-up to Wyke’s goal, and looked sharper, stronger and more confident bringing others into play.
Charlie Wyke: 6/10
Showed supreme confidence to put us ahead and surprisingly didn’t build on that. He missed a great chance to level the score in the first-half. He was far worse than O’Brien holding up the ball too.
(SUB) Jordan Jones: 7/10
Made a real difference with his ability to carry the ball and blow by defenders with his raw pace.
(SUB) Josh Scowen: n/a
Came on to save Luke O’Nien from picking up a second booking ten minutes before the end.
(SUB) Dion Sanderson : n/a
Came on with less than ten minutes left in the game.
(SUB) Chris Maguire: n/a
Was brought on alongside Sanderson.
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