Lee Burge: 7/10
Made one brilliant save from a first-half free-kick and did excellently to hold onto a powerful Mallik Wilks strike.
Max Power: 7/10
Had some outstanding defensive interventions including a crunching tackle to snuff out a counter-attack and an excellent, last-ditch header to prevent Hull racing through on goal.
Bailey Wright: 4/10
Sloppy in possession, left Josh Magennis free for the Tigers’ first-half goal. Looked off the pace and way short of match sharpness.
Luke O’Nien: 5/10
The more assured Sunderland centre-back in possession, decent defensively in the first-half, apart from getting caught too deep for Magennis’ header.
Was fortunate to get away with a poor piece of play where he overran the ball with little cover behind him, thankfully Greg Docherty had a poor shot on goal, wasting a three-on-three break.
Callum McFadzean: 1/10
Even by McFadzean’s standards, this was a shocker. Continuously gave away possession, under little threat, in extremely dangerous positions. Needless to say Wilks had the beating of him over and over again, a total mismatch.
Carl Winchester: 6/10
Read play well, mostly used possession smartly and passed at a tempo which helped Sunderland show genuine intent in a must-win game.
Grant Leadbitter: 7/10
Buried a penalty and at a crucial point in the game, added some class to our midfield in a hectic match. Unfortunately, his influence waned after the break as Hull and George Honeyman managed to limit Leadbitter’s time on the ball.
Josh Scowen: 6/10
Had some comical giveaways, but pressed with real purpose and ran around like a man possessed, even when we had the ball.
For all his energy and effort his passing was largely wasteful and ineffective.
Lynden Gooch: 8/10
Nearly had a hat-trick of first-half assists, firstly teeing Jordan Jones up when he hit the bar. Then floating in the cross that led to Jones’ opener and winning the penalty Leadbitter stroked home.
Jordan Jones: 8/10
Showed peerless technique to put Sunderland ahead, caused the Tigers constant problems darting in at the back post. Had some excellent set-piece deliveries and showcased his blistering pace as usual.
Charlie Wyke: 7/10
Held the ball up well, nearly scored with an excellent header, just inside the Hull box.
(SUB) Aiden O’Brien: 6/10
Didn’t have many touches after being brought on to partner Wyke. Missed his chance to be the hero failing to convert twice in stoppage time.
(SUB) Jack Diamond: 7/10
Put in a couple great testing crosses, was his usual direct self.
(SUB) Denver Hume: 7/10
To the surprise of no-one (not named Lee Johnson), Hume looked like a major upgrade on McFadzean. He dribbled with real intent and played some smart switches of play and most importantly was a passive turnstyle when forced to defend.
(SUB)Chris Maguire: n/a
Was a late replacement for Jones.
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