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Andy’s Player Ratings: Millwall 1-1 Sunderland - Mackems saved by Jack Clarke penalty

Tony Mowbray was the most relieved man in the New Den as a Jack Clarke penalty saved Sunderland from a third successive defeat against relegation-threatened opposition. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads...

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Anthony Patterson: 7/10

Made a couple of massive saves for us, one just before the equaliser when he tipped a shot wide and then one to keep the score 1-1 when he rushed out and stopped a shot. There was a couple of times when he looked rushed but stepped up when it mattered.

Trai Hume: 5/10

Out of position a few times and not getting back quickly enough leaving far too much room down our right, beaten too easily for the chance that Patterson tipped wide. Still worked hard and put some tackles in but not at his best.

Luke O’Nien (C): 5/10

Flicked a header just wide from a Pritchard free kick but we looked really ragged defensively as the game wore on and as captain and the most experienced player back there, that’s something he needs to get hold of.

Dan Ballard: 5/10

Got a rush of blood in the lead up to the opener, flying out to the half-way line chasing the ball and then a ball in behind left the hosts too much room. Missed an absolute sitter in the second half when he smashed the ball over.

Niall Huggins: 5/10

Some good drives up the left hand side but with no end product, worked hard defensively to mixed results as gave the ball away cheaply in his own half at times. Did make a great interception when Millwall were attacking in the lead up to our goal.

Dan Neil: 5/10

His passing was fine but he seems to be all over the positionally and has lost his drive going forward, had an effort on target but it was a very weak effort from the edge of the box.

Pierre Ekwah: 5/10

Like Neil, looks very subdued and far from the player we saw earlier in the season. Not as sharp and even his shots had less venom on them.

Abdoullah Ba: 4/10

Anonymous today, no threat at all down the right. Got up and down the line but easily doubled up on due to the lack of overlapping to help him out.

Adil Aouchiche: 4/10

Some neat little flicks here and there but there it was fifty-fifty whether it would find a team-mate of a Millwall player.

Jack Clarke: 6/10

Had a good battle with the Millwall right back, without that much joy but kept at it and put in some dangerous balls by the end. One for Dack should have resulted in an assist and then won a penalty late on.

Mason Burstow: 3/10

He looked lively when he came on against Birmingham but there was absolutely none of that today, he resorted to the ghost that he was in his previous starts. Just nothing from him.


Substitutes

Bradley Dack: 5/10

Missed a good chance after a Clarke pull back and gave the ball away cheaply on the half-way line late on to spark a Millwall counter.

Alex Pritchard: 6/10

Linked up play well and helped us get a bit of control back once he came on.

Patrick Roberts: 6/10

Very lively and looked dangerous, put a chance on a plate for Ballard but also had some good interplay with Pritchard but chose to flick back to him rather than to take on the obvious shot.

Eliezer Mayenda: 6/10

Only one half chance when he controlled a Roberts ball and got a shot off but that was almost immediately blocked.


Man of the Match: Anthony Patterson

Not his best all-round game and the ragged defence late on seemed to effect him coming for a couple of high balls but made two massive saves at important times. Once to flick a shot wide shortly before our equaliser and then another just after the penalty to make a save when Millwall had a chance one-on-one.

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