Remi Matthews: 3/10
A surprising recall to the team, he gifted Shrewsbury a goal with his failure to punch a looping cross.
Matthews did make one great save from a near post corner that was baffling left by Aiden O’Brien. But then outdid his earlier error by spilling a tame free kick, thankfully the linesman was embarrassed for him and disallowed the goal.
Max Power: 6/10
Showed great quality from right back, put in a beauty of a cross narrowly missed by Aiden O’Brien and had arguably the pass of the game.
He regressed after half-time, he became more sloppy in his passing and was fortunate to get away with one particularly bad pass to set up a Shrewsbury counter.
Jordan Willis: n/a
Had to be stretchered off five minutes into the match.
Bailey Wright: 6/10
Wright was okay, he used the ball sensibly, intercepted where possible, without having any real standout moments good or bad.
Jake Vokins: 3/10
Showed more of his attacking qualities and quick feet, but wow! This guy just can’t defend. He got caught diving in regularly this time, after standing off over and over again on Saturday.
Vokins got caught ball-watching with a simple ball over the top as well and his bad positioning directly led to Shrewsbury’s second. A concerning follow-up from a dud of a debut.
Grant Leadbitter: 5/10
Offered sporadic protection to the back four, put in some decent deliveries from set plays.
Josh Scowen: 4/10
His passing remains infuriatingly wayward.
Jordan Jones: 7/10
The scary thing is he can probably play a lot better than this. A lot of the tricks and take ons he tried didn’t come off in the first 20 minutes, and he was still a menace.
His speed, his willingness to press and delightful quick feet mean Jones is almost certain to become a bit here.
Aiden McGeady: 6/10
Went through long spells of the game without contributing and only really came to life in the second half. He ought to have got himself an assist when Wyke headed over one of his crosses from close range.
Aiden O’Brien: 6/10
Showed real confidence and composure to run through on goal finish with a swagger. Seemed to want one too many touches on a few too many other occasions when he was picked out in the final third.
Charlie Wyke: 6/10
Played in O’Brien impressively for the goal, had some great touches, and some not so great touches after that, as his hold-up play remains a work in progress. Missed a glorious chance heading over from close range.
(SUB) Dion Sanderson: 6/10
Started the game sloppily, perhaps struggling to get up to speed with the game after being thrown on after five minutes. Settled well after that, showing good composure and instincts to read the play in front of him.
(SUB) Lynden Gooch: 6/10
Looked bright without ever finding a killer pass or cross to turn Sunderland’s fortunes around.
(SUB) Luke O’Nien: n/a
Came on with 15 minutes to go.
(SUB) Jack Diamond: n/a
Came on at the same time as O’Nien.
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