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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-0 Bolton Wanderers - Three more points for the Lads!

Sunderland hang on for another home win in a scrappy game at the Stadium of Light, with Winchester getting the winner in the first half. Here’s how Andy rated the side today…

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Ron-Thorben Hoffmann: 7/10

Despite the pressure Bolton put us under at times, Hoffman was not too busy but everything he did, he did with ease. Calm on the ball and made one great save from an Eoin Doyle header.

Carl Winchester: 8/10

Another great display from Winchester. Scored once again, always quick to get forward and put in really good defensive effort against a tricky opponent.

Tom Flanagan: 7/10

Had to put a shift in today but continued his fine early season form.

Callum Doyle: 7/10

Similar to Flanagan but was the main outlet for Hoffman as we looked to beat Bolton’s press.

Dennis Cirkin: 8/10

Took a big blow to the head after a brave header which ended his afternoon early but kept up his game to game improvement. Great defensively, growing in confidence going forward and provided the assist for the winner.

Luke O’Nien: 7/10

Typically hard working display and was up to his usual tricks to slow the game down late on.

Dan Neil: 7/10

Had a couple of forays forward and set up Stewart and Dajaku with shots on goal but like O’Nien had to put in a real shift defensively.

Elliot Embleton: 6/10

Involved in the winning goal but not as influential today after being moved out wide to accommodate Pritchard.

Alex Pritchard: 6/10

Had a couple of good efforts well blocked by the Bolton defence and blazed one shot well over but kept mostly quiet.

Aiden McGeady: 6/10

Our best attacking midfielder today but, like Embleton and Pritchard, couldn’t get up a head of steam as Bolton made life difficult.

Ross Stewart: 7/10

Had a battling performance up front against Bolton’s two central defenders, did have a couple of half chances but led the line well.


Subs

Corry Evans: 7/10

Came on to steady the ship as Bolton pressed forward and helped the team keep a clean sheet with some important interceptions.

Leon Dajaku: 6/10

Lively display from the winger, could have had a couple of goals but hesitated with the first and then tried to make up for it with the second but blazed well over.

Niall Huggins: 6/10

Looks more comfortable going forward than defending. Put the defence under pressure with one wayward clearance but some forward runs helped late on.

Bailey Wright: 6/10

Another late appearance from Wright as Johnson looked to close the game out.


Man of the Match: Carl Winchester

Just pipped Cirkin to the man of the match. Both were fantastic today but Winchester gets my MotM award for not just his goal but his all-round display.

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