Anthony Patterson: 8/10
Superb today, made some top-class saves and the command of his box is so much better than when he first stepped into the side.
Carl Winchester: 6/10
Hard-working shift at the back, had his hands full on occasion but improved in the second half.
Bailey Wright: 6/10
Good cross for the equaliser but Wright was beaten a little too easily in the air, was rock solid other than that.
Dennis Cirkin: 6/10
Left a little isolated by Clarke in front of him but stuck at it and looked more comfortable following Batth’s introduction.
Corry Evans: 7/10
Scored the opener and had another half-chance with a well-struck chance from outside the box that was straight at the goalkeeper.
Jay Matete: 7/10
A mixed display on the ball, lost it a little too easily at times but at other times drove forward and made something happen, including for the winner. All over the pitch defensively.
Lynden Gooch: 6/10
Up and down the side of the pitch for the entire game and always tracking back to help Winchester.
Jack Clarke: 5/10
Poor today, struggled to get going and didn’t provide Cirkin enough cover.
Patrick Roberts: 5/10
Had one really good chance in the first half that he squandered, didn’t click for him today.
Nathan Broadhead: 6/10
Showed his quick feet a couple of times to create half chances and almost got in behind on a few occasions but for good defending.
Ross Stewart: 6/10
Missed a sitter when one-on-one right at the death to wrap up the win but laid the ball off well for Embleton for the winner and was a key man defensively as we defended set pieces.
Luke O’Nien: 6/10
Had a hand in the winner and helped the team regain control after Oxford had started to dominate late in the first half.
Danny Batth: 6/10
Came on to shore up the defence and helped see out the win.
Elliot Embleton: 7/10
Came on and once again helped the team steal a late win. Provided a late cross last time out and this time finished really well under the goalkeeper
Man of the Match: Anthony Patterson
Some good team performances today, even if the football wasn’t the best but Patterson put in his best display in a Sunderland shirt and was deservedly man of the match. Pulled off a couple of very good saves, commanded his box, and looks far more comfortable in the number one shirt.