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Andy’s Player Ratings: Plymouth 2-0 Sunderland - Lads toothless once again up top

Some poor defending combined with a lack of clinical finishing around the box ensured Sunderland left Home Park empty handed - a disappointing result for Mowbray’s men. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads…

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Anthony Patterson: 6/10

Both goals arrowed into the corner, leaving Patterson no chance. Didn’t have a lot to do other than to pick the ball out of the back of the net.

Trai Hume: 6/10

Was well out of position for the second goal, although difficult to pin that on him as it was probably by design. Not overly troubled defensively and hit the post from a header.

Luke O’Nien (C): 5/10

Got turned far too easily for Plymouth’s second when he should have been showing the player down the line. A bit of a scrappy display.

Dan Ballard: 6/10

Could maybe have come out a bit quicker to close down Whittaker for the first. Made one great defensive save when Waine got away and almost scored late on but his header was tipped over.

Niall Huggins: 6/10

Had some difficult moments up against Whittaker but played OK and made one really important tackle in the first half when the home side were breaking.

Dan Neil: 5/10

Like his midfield partners Jobe and Ekwah, struggled to retain control of the game and had trouble influencing the game.

Pierre Ekwah: 5/10

Looked a little slow in and out of possession and still looks a shadow of the player he was before the dead leg injury he picked up earlier in the season.

Patrick Roberts: 5/10

Could not get going today, had a couple of chances in the first half after getting on the end of Clarke crosses in similar positions but both times had poor first time efforts when he could probably have taken a touch.

Jobe Bellingham: 5/10

Hit the post at the end of the first half but got caught on the ball a few times, being overly casual and no creativity for a player who often plays in advanced positions.

Jack Clarke: 6/10

Had the beating of his man whenever he got the ball which, unfortunately for us, wasn’t often enough. Had some chances, with one chance well saved at the near post by the goalkeeper and put in a few dangerous balls into the box.

Nazariy Rusyn: 5/10

Had a couple of half chances early on, I thought he should have got his first shot off quicker but the cross for the header was maybe a little high. Lots of running like usual but really struggled to get into the game following the 10 minute mark.


Substitutes

Adil Aouchiche: 7/10

Consistently our most dangerous player, volleyed one chance just wide, almost got on the end of the rebound after Hume hit the post and was always looking to create something.

Eliezer Mayenda: 6/10

A very erratic display, some heavy touches, with one in particular taking a good through ball from Aouchiche too wide to be a danger but showed glimpses and put in a good deep cross late on which resulted in Ballard’s chance.

Jenson Seelt: 6/10

Stepped into midfield at times and looked OK.

Abdoullah Ba: 5/10

Very careless on the ball after he was brought on, with nothing really coming off for him.

Bradley Dack: 5/10

Played a quick pass to Clarke which led to a chance but otherwise anonymous after his arrival.


Man of the Match: Adil Aouchiche

Came on at half-time and was our most threatening player. Always looking to make something happen, got into good positions himself and was unlucky not to score. Deserves a chance in the starting line-up.

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