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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-0 Leeds - Tactical masterclass from Mike Dodds!

Sunderland’s faultless gameplan ensured they took a massive three points off promotion contenders Leeds United. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads!

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Anthony Patterson: 8/10

Never looked in trouble any time Leeds were around the box, other than a few wayward clearances but was his usual, calm sense all night. Made a superb tip over the crossbar early on from a floated cross, which ended up being his only real save of note.

Niall Huggins: 8/10

Defended well on both sides of the pitch and always available when we pushed forward, had a shot deflected just wide.

Dan Ballard: 8/10

Great display all evening, didn’t let anything get past him and timed his tackles brilliantly.

Luke O’Nien (C): 8/10

Like Ballard he defended great, won the ball whenever it came near our box, was usually a good outlet in getting out of the Leeds’ press. Arguably should have had a penalty too after he was booted in the box by Dan James.

Trai Hume: 8/10

Looked much more comfortable in a more traditional wide defender role but still helped us retain possession. Made some really good tackles too.

Dan Neil: 8/10

Covered so much of the pitch, constantly closing Leeds down and used his quick feet to start counter attacks, notably in the build up to the goal.

Jenson Seelt: 8/10

Played on the left of a back three and did well, stuck his long legs out to win some tackles, used the ball well - with one burst into midfield and a lovely ball down the line to Ba - and almost got a goal with a header that was superbly stopped by the visiting goalkeeper.

Abdoullah Ba: 6/10

Worked hard for the team down the right and kept Spence from attacking but very sloppy on the ball and made the wrong choice when in good positions.

Alex Pritchard: 8/10

His set pieces were always a threat, routinely finding a Sunderland player in the box and eventually got an assist, albeit a touch lucky one when a loose ball hit his head and found it’s way to Jobe.

Jack Clarke: 8/10

Had the beating of Gray all game but not used as much in the second half, still switched on and made a great defensive effort to get back and prevent a counter when it looked like he was beaten.

Jobe Bellingham: 8/10

A really disciplined display by Jobe playing just in front of the back four, was freed up following the withdrawal of Seelt and popped up with the winner.


Substitutes

Patrick Roberts: 6/10

A few lively runs down the right that helped us defensively by relieving pressure.

Pierre Ekwah: 6/10

Came on in midfield and helped shield the defence as we held out for the win.

Bradley Dack: N/A

Very late substitute for the tiring Pritchard.


Man of the Match: Alex Pritchard

This could have gone to literally any of the starting XI, such was the team effort tonight but I’m going to give it to Pritchard. His set pieces were far better than we’ve seen this season, usually finding a team-mate, got an assist for the goal and some of his clever passes around corners often got us out of a hole and onto the counter-attack.

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