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Sean’s Player Ratings: Tranmere 0-0 Sunderland - Fairly decent runout for a young SAFC side

Sunderland’s youngins got some important minutes under the belt against League Two Tranmere tonight, drawing 0-0. Here’s how Sean rated the Lads after tonight’s game...

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Anthony Patterson: 6/10

Not much to do really. Bit of a wild charge late in the first half but recovered well, that and a couple of decent saves made this another solid performance from young Anthony.

Kenton Richardson: 7/10

Very lively, overcame the scrappy element of the game in the first half to give us a few decent chances. One to watch.

Tyrese Dyce: 5/10

A definite physical presence, sloppy on the ball however and awkward out on the left hand side. Seems a way to go before he’s ready for League action, could be a solid no-nonsense type defender, just needs a bit of work to get there.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

Standard performance from Bailey in many ways... he doesn’t look like the wall he used to be, but any mistakes made seem more a result of a lack of minutes. Nothing to report really.

Ollie Younger: 6/10

Started nervously but grew into the game. Feels harsh to judge a young lad who was let down by a few mistakes from those around him, nothing costly obviously, still looks like he’s just on the verge of first team football.

Ellis Taylor: 7/10

Very exciting young lad, showing some flashes here and there of what he’s capable of. Made a switch to to LB when Dyce came off and did well there also.

Sam Wilding: 6/10

Tried his best in a very scrappy midfield, needs a more mature player alongside him really.

Dan Neil: 7/10

Showed his class yet again. Bit of a strange setup for him but played some lovely balls that unfortunately the recipients couldn’t make the most of.

Aiden O’Brien: 6/10

He really does work hard, up and down and across the pitch. Tries to create space for everyone, he just doesn’t look all that threatening in front of goal and fails to secure the ball a little too often.

Will Grigg: 5/10

Had very little in the way of service to be fair to him, a very ‘Will Grigg’ performance overall. Aye. Had a shot though...

Jack Diamond: 7/10

Diamond is a real talent, he really is, just has shades of a young Gooch about him when it comes to choosing to charge at the opposition rather than picking the best pass. He’ll be an asset for us this season.


Substitutes

Josh Hawkes: 6/10

Came on for Dan Neil - got straight into the action and looked up for it. Need to see more of him really.

Benji Kimpioka: 5/10

Replaced Grigg late on, tried to press the defence. Shocked he didn’t start to be honest. We need to see more of young Benji too in my opinion.

Nathan Newall: 5/10

Not much to say really, like a few of the subs he struggled to make any impression on the game.

Patrick Almond: 5/10

Same as Newall. Lad is a unit mind. Needs more minutes.

Will Harris: 5/10

Again, nothing overly positive or negative to say. He was on the pitch...

Harrison Sohna: 5/10

You know what I’m going to say here...


Man of the Match:

Jack Diamond - but it could have been one of three promising youngsters - Namely Neil, Taylor and Richardson.

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