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Andy’s Player Ratings: Leicester 1-0 Sunderland - Good performance but Mowbray’s men lose

It was a good performance by the team but poor defending from set pieces let us down again - here’s now Andy rated the lads.

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Anthony Patterson: 9/10

Made a couple of fantastic saves to clip dangerous shots onto the woodwork, made another good one with his feet to bail out Huggins and had an excellent all-round game.

Niall Huggins: 5/10

Looked a little shaky tonight, almost had one calamity when he headed a clearance right back onto the edge of the six-yard box and got beaten too easily by the winger a couple of times.

Dan Ballard: 8/10

Another really good game by Ballard, dealt with the Leicester forwards and had a good chance from a header that forced a save from the goalkeeper.

Luke O’Nien (C): 7/10

Like Ballard he handled the Leicester forwards really well and his calmness in possession was a big advantage when the home side pressed, put in a really strong but fair tackle to prevent a possible break in the second half.

Trai Hume: 7/10

Fired a loose pass to Neil that led to the corner from which Leicester scored but defended well all night and linked up well with Roberts as the game wore on, put in a dangerous cross early on that Clarke should have done better with.

Dan Neil: 9/10

Up against the best midfield he’ll face this season and ran the show on his return from suspension. Covered a massive amount of ground, was good on the ball and quick to win the ball back.

Pierre Ekwah: 7/10

Still doesn’t look fully fit and looked leggy as the game wore on but patrolled well in front of the back four allow Dan Neil to push further forward.

Patrick Roberts: 7/10

Really frustrating night for Roberts, he can’t get anything going but as the game wore on it wasn’t for the lack of trying. He was combining well with Hume down the right and giving Leicester’s best defender all sorts of problems, especially in the second half.

Jobe Bellingham: 6/10

A bit hit and miss tonight, had some good passages of play on the ball but got beaten too easily in the air for the first goal and had his pocket picked a couple of times.

Jack Clarke: 6/10

Leicester swapped their full backs around before the game to deal with the threat of Clarke and managed to keep him mostly quiet, did have a good chance really early on from Hume’s cross and forced a good save from the goalkeeper in the first half after cutting inside, not his best night though.

Mason Burstow: 3/10

Very poor on the ball on the rare occasion he actually touched it, was anonymous and just never looked like being a threat.


Substitutes

Chris Rigg: 6/10

Did well when he came on and sprayed one really good ball out left to Ba that led to a chance for Cirkin.

Dennis Cirkin: 6/10

Back from injury and showed a bit of rustiness when giving a free kick away on the edge of the box but made up for it by blocking a shot from that set piece. Blazed a shot over when he could have done better from Ba’s pull back.

Abdoullah Ba: /10

Caused Leicester problems when he came on down the left, pulled a ball back for Cirkin’s chance and had a great chance to score after Pritchard robbed the goalkeeper but couldn’t keep his shot down.

Alex Pritchard: 6/10

Nipped in front of the goalkeeper to create a chance for Ba but not overly threatening himself.

Luis Hemir: N/A

Came on very late and no chance to impress..


Man of the Match: Dan Neil

Ran very close by Anthony Patterson who also shone tonight but I thought Neil showed how much we missed him following the game and a half we had to play without him following his unjust red card. Looked very accomplished in the middle of the park on the ball, finding his team-mates and having a couple of half chances of his own but was also everywhere off the ball, winning the ball back and closing down.

Should have had a penalty too after being brought down in the box late in the first half.

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