Lee Burge: 6/10
Amazingly, he didn’t really have anything to do, all game!
Max Power: 8/10
Was crucial as a last line of defence. Twice Power saved Sunderland in the first-half with excellent covering challenges. His passing was smart and sharp as well.
Dion Sanderson: 7/10
Struggled with the movement of the Portsmouth front two at times. Sanderson had his moments as well though, at times he was able to dominate Ellis Harrison physically.
Luke O’Nien: 8/10
His ability to beat John Marquis in the air was staggering. O’Nien’s passing and composure gets better game-by-game as he gets more used to playing at the heart of the Sunderland defence.
Callum McFadzean: 8/10
Enjoyed a quiet evening defensively, looked more confident and alert in possession than he has done recently. I can only really remember one five-minute period where his concentration levels dipped.
Josh Scowen: 7/10
Produced a typically industrious display, winning the ball back a number of times in the middle.
Carl Winchester: 7/10
Had a couple instants of real class, showcasing his exceptional close control and quick feet.
Jordan Jones: 9/10
Just oozes quality, always. His crossing was superb, including the corner from which Charlie Wyke powered home. He roasted Charlie Daniels early on and that typified Sunderland’s fearless approach at Fratton Park.
Wow! Jones’ finish to make it 2-0 was exceptional. What a brilliantly weighted dink.
Aiden McGeady: 8/10
Another who showed real intent from the start - he saw a brilliant long range effort well-saved. His passing and ability to score from anywhere just spreads fear across the opposition.
Aiden O’Brien: 7/10
Worked tirelessly again, his link-up play was pretty good too, if lacking in any real standout moments.
Charlie Wyke: 7/10
Scored another brilliant bullet header. Like O’Brien his workrate was superb, his hold up play was on point too.
(SUB) Tom Flanagan: 5/10
Didn’t do a lot apart from get away with a seriously clumsy challenge that probably should have resulted in a Portsmouth penalty.
(SUB) Chris Maguire: n/a
Came on with around ten minutes to go for the excellent Jones.
(SUB) Lynden Gooch: n/a
Came on in the 87th minute.
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