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Chris’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-1 Lincoln City - Game of two halves

Heartbreak as we go level before the break just to lose it. Here’s how Chris rated the Lads...

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Lee Burge: 7/10

No chance with the goal and other than a penalty save which he saved well.

Lynden Gooch: 7/10

Switched full-back position in the second half and the first half suited him much more when we were on the front foot, it was more obvious in the second half that he isn’t a full-back.

Luke O’Nien: 7/10

We looked much more comfortable in possession at the back, especially in first half. Became needlessly nervy in the second half.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

Same as O’Nien where we looked assured in the first half but nerves started to show after the break.

Callum McFadzean: 5/10

Didn’t stand out first half and got forward to support the attack, but exposed second half and looked out of his depth against Johnson.

Grant Leadbitter: 7/10

Calm and assured first half, controlled the game but after the break huge gaps opened up in the middle.

Josh Scowen: 6/10

Gave us drive in the first half and always put Lincoln under pressure, stood off in the second half and we lost the initiative.

Chris Maguire: 6/10

Was up for it first half and was biting at their heels, stood off second half like the rest of the side before being replaced.

Aiden McGeady: 8/10

Two fantastic assists first half to get us level, but didn’t get enough of the ball second half. Was unlucky to hit the post late on.

Ross Stewart: 8/10

Led the line and drove us forward first half brilliantly, but the gap between the front two and the midfield was too big in the second half.

Charlie Wyke: 6/10

Got the goal and missed a couple of golden opportunities. Lot of effort and won plenty of headers, but should have got more than one today.


Subs

Max Power (64 mins): 5/10

Caught out of position and Lincoln should have taken advantage. Don’t know what he was thinking in injury time shooting like that.

Jack Diamond (64 mins): 5/10

A lot of effort but didn’t get any joy.

Carl Winchester (77 mins): 6/10

Can’t say I noticed him too much after he came on.

Aiden O’Brien (77 mins): 5/10

Missed a great chance towards the end, should have done better.


Rate The Manager: 5/10

Was the change in half-time down to the manager, the player or both? We did so well to get back into it, I don’t know what happened. Subs were bizarre as well.

Man of the Match

Aiden McGeady

Two assists and hit the post. Could well be the last time we see him in a Sunderland shirt and he was by far our biggest threat.

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