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Chris’s Player Ratings: Wigan 2-1 Sunderland - Crushing blow dealt to automatic promotion hopes

It was the worst possible outcome for Sunderland and their automatic promotion hopes as they lost to relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic this evening, despite taking the lead. Here’s how Chris rated the Lads...

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Lee Burge: 5/10

Had no chance with the goal, but might be disappointed with the second even though he wasn’t helped by the defending in front of him. Hardly anything to do otherwise.

Luke O’Nien: 5/10

Was weak on the Wigan equaliser and there was a man over on his side for their second. Looked to get forward on the overlap down the right as much as possible, but defensively poor.

Dion Sanderson: 4/10

Weren’t put under huge pressure but looked nervous on every occasion Wigan got within twenty yards of our goal. For whatever reason we struggled against a poor opposition.

Bailey Wright: 4/10

Maybe wasn’t expecting to return to the starting XI so soon but we looked nervous at the back and Wright seemed to suffer the same hangover following the Charlton game as the rest of the back four.

Denver Hume: 5/10

First start for four months and still finding his feet coming back to fitness. Lasted an hour before being swapped for McFadzean.

Max Power: 4/10

Started well as we controlled the opening period but then tailed off and looked lost alongside Josh Scowen when we needed to defend. No urgency in getting back on top and subbed with half an hour remaining.

Josh Scowen: 4/10

Similar to Max Power where they started well but offered far too much space for Wigan in the middle of the park. Problems stemmed from midfield and had a domino effect on the back four.

Jordan Jones: 5/10

Had a lot of possession in the first half but didn’t do a lot with it. Always looked like he had the better of the full back but didn’t take advantage and was subbed just after the hour.

Aiden McGeady: 5/10

Started off brightly like the team in general and supplied a great ball for Wyke to get the opener, but just as most of the side, he lost interest as we went behind and went missing.

Jack Diamond: 6/10

Was the best player on the pitch in the first half half an hour, but like the rest of the side he didn’t come back out for the second half and was changed out in the set of four subs on 63 minutes.

Charlie Wyke: 5/10

Gave us the goal but offered too little otherwise when we needed the ball to stick.


Subs

Grant Leadbitter (63 mins): 5/10

Didn’t really have the impact the manager was looking for. Needed to start controlling the game again to get back into it and it didn’t happen.

Lynden Gooch (63 mins): 5/10

Had a number of opportunities where he was one-on-one with the full-back and can’t remember beating him once. If he did get half a yard the ball into the box just wasn’t good enough.

Callum McFadzean (63 mins): 5/10

Plenty of effort, couple of chance with his head in the box, but a lack of quality that ran throughout the team spread to the substitute.

Ross Stewart (63 mins): 5/10

Ran a round a lot, won a couple of headers, but a lack of quality again meant he had no impact. Wasn’t helped by atrocious supply up to him.


Rate The Manager: 4/10

We started brightly and were maybe unfortunate to be pegged back but looked completely flat after that. A worrying trend of changing almost half the side to get back into the game has crept in over the last three games and it shouldn’t need that sort of mass change to impact a game.

Our second half performance was poor as Wigan were there for the taking. We’ve lost a spark and lost the urgency we had a few weeks ago, and it’s the managers job to find it.

Man of the Match

Jack Diamond

Mainly for the first half display - but went missing with the rest of the side in the second half.

Wigan Athletic v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One - DW Stadium
Our best hope late on... a Callum McFadzean header...
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