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Chris’s Player Ratings: Blackpool 1-0 Sunderland - play-offs beckon as the Lads lose again

We maybe deserved more but individual errors have cost us. Here’s how Chris rated the Lads...

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Lee Burge: 5/10

He made a couple of saves that you’d expect him to make but was will be disappointed with the Blackpool goal.

Max Power: 6/10

Pretty solid defensively and tried to get up in support of Jordan Jones, but quite often wasteful in possession and crosses from deep positions were poor.

Luke O’Nien: 7/10

After his recent performances he looked solid today and was unlucky not to equalise with around twenty minutes left.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

On the whole looked solid but he will think he could have done better on Blackpool’s opener.

Callum McFadzean: 5/10

Started the game well enough, but got himself a ridiculous yellow card in the first half and then should have been sent off in the second half. Quite rightly pulled for Denver Hume just after the hour.

Grant Leadbitter: 7/10

Completely controlled the first half and was the main reason we had around 65% possession up until half time. His influence waned as the game wore on and gave away possession leading up to Blackpool’s opener.

Josh Scowen: 5/10

Had a shocking first ten minutes to the game but looked better as the game went on. Had to be the busy one of the two in the middle of the park as Leadbitter sat in and dictated things from a deeper position. Did an effective job of pressing Blackpool higher up and winning back possession, but gave it away far too often.

Jordan Jones: 6/10

Frustrating afternoon for the on-loan winger, got into some good positions but final ball was off and will be have been disappointed to have not done better in the first half after a great ball by McGeady.

Aiden McGeady: 7/10

He went missing for periods of the game but his ball to Jones in the first half should have yielded a goal, as well as his piece of magic that ended up hitting the inside of the post. On another day McGeady would have been the hero with an amazing assist and goal to his name.

Aiden O’Brien: 5/10

Worked hard as he always does but didn’t get involved as much as he would have liked. Another frustrating afternoon.

Charlie Wyke: 6/10

Worked hard all afternoon, ran the channels and had a couple of half chances. Could have done a better job at times making the ball stick and getting us better position further up the field.


Subs

Denver Hume (64 mins): 6/10

Maybe surprised to have not started the game and looks so much more comfortable in possession than the man he replaced.

Jack Diamond (75 mins): 6/10

Had a couple of decent moments but didn’t create anything clear cut for Wyke or Stewart.

Ross Stewart (75 mins): 6/10

Looked busy and put pressure on the Blackpool back four. Caused a bit of chaos but didn’t have a clear cut chance.

Lynden Gooch (93 mins): N/A

Came on too late to make an impression.


Rate The Manager: 6/10

Will feel we were a bit unfortunate after controlling long periods of the game against a good side away from home but we didn’t create enough to win it. Another opportunity at half time to really step it up in terms of tempo and didn’t seem to happen. Wasn’t helped by individual errors.

Man of the Match

Grant Leadbitter

Oozed class in the first half and controlled a very good Blackpool side for long periods.

Blackpool v Sunderland - Sky Bet League One
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