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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland U21 1-2 Spurs U21 - First teamers play but young Lads lose

Despite a handful of first team fringe players featuring, Sunderland U21s were beaten by Spurs tonight in the PL2. Here’s how they got on…

Nathan Bishop: 5/10

Made a couple of good stops in the second half but was completely planted for both Spurs goals and couldn’t make an attempt to save them as a result. Distribution was quite poor too.

Ben Crompton: 6/10

Defended well throughout and got up to support the attack often, made one sloppy pass that started a counter but Bishop made a good save to bail him out.

Nectar Triantis: 7/10

Was comfortable at the back against a lively Spurs attack, made one good recovery in the second half and kept at it to get the ball away from the box. Also made a fantastic through-ball out wide in the first half to start an attack.

Henry Fieldson: 6/10

Had to track back a lot due to Spurs threatening on the counter but did that well enough and stepped up at times when there was space to play.

Oliver Bainbridge: 6/10

Good effort from left-back and came close to scoring when he fired a shot just wide in the first half.

Marshall Burke: 6/10

Tidy display in front of the back four, kept it simple as we had most of the ball following the two early goals.

Ben Middlemas: 6/10

Actually had a tidy game in the middle of the park, showed good feet and some neat passing but unfortunately two sloppy passes in the first five minutes were both punished.

Michael Spellman: 6/10

Cut in a couple of times and had efforts saved by the Spurs goalkeeper and put in a real shift down the right, not much creativity though..

Harrison Jones: 7/10

Good display just off the strikers, showed plenty of skill and won the ball high up in dangerous positions leading to chances for Bainbridge and Hemir.

Mason Burstow: 6/10

Had a good chance when played in by Hemir but passed the ball just wide from a tightish angle, had another half chance following a Hemir cross but fouled the defender. General play was OK but struggled to be any kind of threat.

Luis Hemir: 7/10

Good display that warranted a goal but his overall game was much better today, held the ball up well, distributed it well and put a lot of effort in.


Harry Gardiner: 6/10

Showed his usual goalscoring instincts in injury time with a goal from close range.

Callum Wilson: 6/10

Stepped into centre-back to replace Triantis and did well.

Tom Chiabi: 6/10

Struck one effort just over, helped by a slight deflection.

Joe Ryder: 6/10

Not much chance to impress but did OK.

Man of the Match: Luis Hemir

Was impressed with the big man’s effort today, never stopped running and was always closing down or making himself available with runs that weren’t always spotted. Had a couple of half chances himself, one well blocked and the other he was only able to hook on target with a cross high and slightly behind him but did make chances for others. Played in Burstow whose shot went just wide, put a cross into the Chelsea loanee after he won the ball high up only for Burstow to foul the defender and was involved in the late goal after he played in Jones.

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