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Rob’s Player Ratings: Blackpool 2-3 Sunderland - O’Brien hattrick sends The Lads through!

Sunderland put themselves into the hat for the next round of the cup by beating Blackpool, with Aiden O’Brien bagging a hattrick. Here’s how Rob Ward rated the lads...

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Anthony Patterson: 8/10

Looked comfortable with the ball at his feet and made a crucial point-blank save at 2-1 up when Blackpool were in the ascendency.

Niall Huggins: 7/10

Slightly off the pace at the start but grew into the game, looked more confident with his positioning on and off the ball as the game went on.

Frederik Alves: 6/10

Got skinned for the first goal and looked scared with the ball at his feet in the first half - went off with an injury in the second; looked to be still finding match fitness.

Bailey Wright: 8/10

Looked strong on the ball and confident in the air, and even created a chance in the first half over the top - good to see him back in the team from the start.

Dennis Cirkin: 6/10

Didn’t do much of note, and his first touch let him down a couple of times - was solid enough, although gave away a couple of free kicks.

Dan Neil: 8/10

Looks more and more confident as games go by - assured, wins challenges, passes well, and finds space where you don’t think there is any. It’s exciting to see.

Carl Winchester: 8/10

Solid in the centre and won the ball back a fair few times; his strong challenges broke up Blackpool’s play more than once and was again very assured - he and Neil are very decent together.

Jack Diamond: 8/10

Ran at their defence a lot and ran their left-back ragged - showed great pace and even won the ball back, and grabbed two deserved assists. The Lee Cattermole tucked-in shirt combo will always impress.

Alex Pritchard: 6/10

Looks neat and tidy - still didn’t impose as much as he or we would have wanted, but played some very good set pieces.

Aiden O’Brien: 10/10

Scored a brilliant hat trick, kept hold of the ball, and worked tirelessly for the team.

Tonight was his night - two brilliant goals and one deflection, but if you don’t buy a ticket…

Nathan Broadhead: 7/10

Showed sparks of pace and flair. He was offside in the first a lot but had a goal ruled out - he’s very different to our usual centre forward, hanging off the last man which is nice to see I would like to see what he and Stewart can do in a 4-4-2.


Substitutes

Elliot Embleton: 6/10

Good on the ball again and assured in midfield but didn’t do too much of note - his set pieces weren’t the best this evening, but he rightly got an ovation when he came on.

Ross Stewart: 7/10

Every time I see him I just think he’s such an upgrade on the man he’s replaced - tonight was no different. He’s much better at winning the ball and keeping possession.

Callum Doyle 7/10

Stopped a couple of crucial counter attacks, and had another meander forward which is always good to see.

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