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Andy’s Player Ratings: MK Dons 1-2 Sunderland - Unbeaten start continues with away win!

Goals from Ross Stewart and Elliot Embleton have handed Sunderland a win on the road, as their unbeaten start continues. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads…

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Lee Burge: 6/10

Put the team under pressure shortly after we went 2-0 up with a poor ball to Dan Neil but made some good saves and slowed the play down when we were under pressure in the last 20 minutes.

Carl Winchester: 7/10

Solid at right back, looks a good option there and then helped the team see the game out in his more natural midfield position.

Tom Flanagan: 6/10

Did OK and looks to have an understanding with Doyle but booked for a clumsy foul when struggling to get back into position.

Callum Doyle: 7/10

Maybe not as assured on the ball as he has been but always keen to win the ball back and looks the more senior centre-back.

Dennis Cirkin: 7/10

Full senior debut for the left-back, looked comfortable on the ball and always an option overlapping. Good debut and understandably tired late on.

Corry Evans: 7/10

Does his job quietly but really missed him when he went off injured, his departure saw Scott Twine cause problems just in front of the Sunderland defence.

Dan Neil: 8/10

Worked his socks off in midfield and then filling in at left-back towards the end of the game, a clever through ball for Embleton’s goal and then a great ball over the top for Stewart which resulted in a penalty.

Aiden McGeady: 7/10

Quieter game for McGeady but the first goal of the game came from his cross.

Elliot Embleton: 8/10

Extremely calm finish for Sunderland’s second and almost set up another for Stewart with a ball over the top.

Lynden Gooch: 6/10

Not as good as last week and missed a penalty which would have made the last 10 minutes a lot more comfortable, ended up at right back again and helped the team see out the game.

Ross Stewart: 9/10

Brilliant performance from the big man. Led the line superbly, scored the opener, won a penalty and only gripe is that he could have had one or two more.


Subs

Pritchard: 6/10

Came on when Sunderland were being forced back but still had a chance to finish the game but hit his shot into the side netting.

O’Brien: 6/10

Had to play in midfield when he came on due to injuries, worked hard and played a good through ball to Stewart that almost made it three.

Wright: 6/10

Came on as Sunderland were looking to see the game out and made a couple of important clearances.


Man of the Match: Ross Stewart

Great performance up top from Stewart, never stops running, must be a nightmare to play against and could easily have had a hat-trick.

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