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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 1 - 0 AFC Wimbledon - Winchester’s screamer seals win for the Lads

A narrow but relatively comfortable victory for Sunderland at the Stadium of Light as the Lads gain their third league win of the season. Here’s how Andy rated the performances today...

Anthony Patterson: 6/10

A quiet game until late on. Looked assured with his passing but completely missed a corner and had to be bailed out by Cirkin on the line.

Carl Winchester: 9/10

Looks full of confidence, although wasted at right back on current form. Scored what turned out to be the winner and Wimbledon offered no threat whatsoever down his side.

Tom Flanagan: 8/10

Harshly booked in the first half but continued impressive start to the season.

Callum Doyle: 8/10

Just as solid as Flanagan but with some impressive bursts forward to either intercept the ball or try to start an attack.

Dan Neil: 8/10

Another good performance by Neil, this time at left-back once again. Good defensively and always looking to make something happen despite playing a defensive role.

Luke O’Nien: 6/10

Tireless display. Booked late on, maybe not a surprise with how quick he is to put a foot in. Would like to see more from him with the ball.

Elliot Embleton: 7/10

Unlucky not to score from distance and played some good balls over the top that his team-mates failed to take advantage of.

Aiden McGeady: 5/10

The captain just does not look quite right this season. Struggling to maintain his high standards and gave the ball away too easily.

Alex Pritchard: 6/10

Bypassed a bit in the first half with the team struggling going forward but better in the second half, almost scored with a curling effort that flew past the post.

Lynden Gooch: 6/10

Similar to McGeady on the other flank, Gooch failed to spark into life today but worked his socks off for the team.

Ross Stewart: 6/10

A hard working display from the big striker this afternoon, played in by Gooch in the second half only for his shot to be well saved by the visiting ‘keeper.


Dennis Cirkin: 7/10

Saved all three points when clearing off the line from a Wimbledon corner.

Nathan Broadhead: 6/10

Busy display but not much chance going forward as we saw out the game.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

Came on late to help the team see out the 90 minutes.

Man of the Match: Carl Winchester

Such a good performance from the midfielder. May be playing out of position at right back but looks so confident right now that hopefully the arrival of Niall Huggins will see him slot back into midfield as soon as possible.


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