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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-2 Huddersfield - The worst performance of the season?

On a desperately cold night Sunderland were miserable and lacking in quality and intent, losing to strugglers Huddersfield. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads…

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Anthony Patterson: 6/10

No chance with the second goal with the ball arrowing into the bottom corner, could maybe have cleared everyone out for the first goal, not that he was at fault for it though. Made a really good save very early on after a quick Huddersfield break.

Jenson Seelt: 5/10

Got an assist for Luke O’Nien’s goal and did look to overlap, with one occasion forcing the goalkeeper into a save although it looked like he was trying to head the ball across goal rather than to the near post. Caught ball watching a bit for the opener.

Luke O’Nien (C): 6/10

Forced in Seelt’s header with the goalkeeper likely to save it and played a beautiful through ball to Jobe that should have given him an assist but also didn’t react quickly enough for the second goal.

Dan Ballard: 6/10

Not at fault for either goal and Huddersfield rarely attacked enough to trouble him defensively.

Trai Hume: 6/10

Had a shot from distance well saved in the second half and won the ball in a dangerous position just before the second goal, unfortunately no-one reacted quickly enough.

Dan Neil: 5/10

Maybe it’s tiredness but he doesn’t look as incisive as he was earlier in the season, with a lot of safety first passes and very little going forward. Didn’t do anything wrong but well below his best.

Jobe Bellingham: 5/10

A couple of bright moments, played a nice floated ball to Seelt in the second half and made a great run that was picked out by O’Nien but couldn’t beat the goalkeeper when he really had to score. Quiet otherwise though and often turned into trouble and got dispossessed.

Patrick Roberts: 5/10

Completely anonymous, can’t think of any moments where he drove at the defence or troubled the goalkeeper. Even his passing was conservative, probably the quietest game he’s had for us.

Adil Aouchiche: 5/10

Neat and tidy on the ball and linked up play OK but no real threat around the opposition box other than one shot from outside the box which was comfortably saved but maybe should have found a team-mate instead.

Jack Clarke: 6/10

Looks well short of the Clarke from earlier in the season, partly due to being always doubled up on but kept getting at his man and trying to make something happen.

Eliezer Mayenda: 5/10

Looked exciting in the few opportunities he had to run with the ball, tracked back once in the first half and made a really good tackle just outside our ‘D’ but suffered the same fate of all of our strikers where team-mates just don’t look for them often enough.


Substitutes

Alex Pritchard: 6/10

Looked keen to impress and forced a save from a free kick but his crossing into the box was poor.

Bradley Dack: 5/10

I think he touched the ball once? An attempted through ball that was overhit out for a goal kick.

Abdoullah Ba: 6/10

Quite lively when he came on without any end product.

Luis Hemir: 6/10

Had the smallest of chances after Pritchard’s free kick was saved but the visitors scrambled it away.

Mason Burstow: 6/10

Came on late and looked enthusiastic but nothing came near him in the box.


Man of the Match: Jack Clarke

I guess I’ll give this to Clarke, wasn’t impressed with anyone tonight and everyone looks right out of form but at least Clarke kept going all night even though he had two or three defenders around him at all times. Looked a threat despite obviously not being at his best and the lack of support around him.

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