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Matty’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 0-1 Blackpool - No wins in 7 for Johnson’s desperate mackems

An absolute screamer from Blackpool’s Sullay Kaikai was the only goal in the game as Sunderland fell to yet another defeat - that’s now no wins from 7. Here’s how Matty rated the Lads.

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Lee Burge: 6/10

He did not stand a chance to save Sulley Kaikai’s long-range effort.

Denver Hume: 6.5/10

The 22-year-old showed signs of the performances he put in at the start of this season. He constantly drove forward and tried to make things happen during the first half. He lost half a mark for fading in the second half.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

A massive improvement on Accrington, which in fairness was not hard to achieve. His one poor moment led to Yates’ first chance of the match. He put in some important blocks in the second half.

Luke O’Nien: 6/10

A steady performance from the stand-in centre-back, but I do hope this experiment ends soon, as I would much rather see him in midfield.

However, he did make some wasteful passes, which perhaps is evident of his fading confidence.

Max Power: 6/10

Sunderland’s captain was barely involved in the match at both ends of the pitch, he had some promising moments, but some equally dull ones.

Josh Scowen: 5.5/10

A typical industrious performance from the ex-QPR man, but I would still love for him to be more involved on the ball, rather than just off it.

Grant Leadbitter: 6/10

The 35-year-old was Sunderland’s best long-range passer during the match and his corners caused Blackpool problems. I still do not feel like he thrives in a two and that he is far more effective in the deep role of a three-man midfield.

Lynden Gooch: 7/10

The American international was Sunderland’s most dangerous player and delivered some excellent crosses throughout the match. Unfortunately, none of them were converted.

Aiden McGeady: 5/10

An incredibly quiet match from Sunderland’s usual talisman, he had some great touches but nothing he did seemed to produce anything on goal. His frustration showed in the second half when he picked up a yellow.

Aiden O’Brien: 5/10

For a player who dropped a league to join Sunderland, I am always left feeling underwhelmed by the Irishman’s performances. Considering he is a forward player, he does not contribute enough offensively.

Charlie Wyke: 6/10

Sunderland’s 30-goal striker battled well, but he fed on scraps for most of the first-half and was unlucky to not get on the end of a Gooch cross.

In the second half, he was denied well from close-range three times by Blackpool keeper Chris Maxwell and it looked like he should have earned Sunderland a penalty late on.

A great goalkeeping performance prevented him from adding to his goal tally.

Ross Stewart : 6/10

Added an extra aerial presence up front and was very unlucky to not achieve an assist.

Carl Winchester: 5/10

Winchester is not someone who is going to change a match, but he struggled to impact the match.

Jordan Jones : 5.5/10

I was surprised to see he was not starting, but what was happened to the player who decimated Portsmouth? Another substitute who struggled to influence the match.

Man of the Match - Lynden Gooch

He was the one Sunderland player who made things happen and on another day he could have had two or three assists.

Lee Johnson: 5/10

The ex-Bristol City boss could not change Sunderland’s defence, but I was surprised to see Jordan Jones not start and I was confused that neither Jack Diamond or Chris Maguire were brought on.

It seems as though Sunderland have been found out and seven matches without a win is highly worrying!

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