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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 0-3 Coventry - Embarrassing all round as Mackems fold

Terrible all round from Sunderland as they were trounced 3-0 in Michael Beale’s first game in charge. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads…

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Anthony Patterson: 4/10

Had no chance with either of the first two goals and had made a quickfire double save in the first half, although with two chances he’d be expected to save, but spilled an easy cross that led to the third and killed off the game.

Niall Huggins: 5/10

Got beaten far too easily for the third goal but was good other than that and got up and down the line well before a really unfortunate injury.

Dan Ballard: 5/10

Comfortably got the better of Simms and mostly defended well but had just pushed up to try and win the ball when Coventry exploited the space he left behind for their second goal.

Luke O’Nien (C): 4/10

Got far too close to Wright in the first half, which led to him getting turned and needing to drag the striker down and as a result Coventry had a free run into the box and a chance to open the scoring, which they duly did.

Trai Hume: 6/10

Defended well down the left and did well to clear a chance off Wright’s head. was unlucky after he blocked Sakamoto’s shot only for it to hit the striker and sneak in for the first.

Dan Neil: 6/10

Covered a lot of ground and played well enough in the middle of the park, need him playing further up more often though.

Pierre Ekwah: 4/10

Looked far too slow today. Dawdled on the ball at times, gave away simple passes and let O’Hare cut onto his right for both the first two goals.

Patrick Roberts: 6/10

Had the beating of his fullback all game and was always quick to drive at the defence.

Jobe Bellingham: 4/10

Thought he was poor today, looked heavy legged and struggled to make any kind of impact on the game.

Jack Clarke: 6/10

Kept trying despite being isolated a lot with Hume not supporting him as much as Roberts got from Ba and Huggins on the opposite side. Had some chances, with his best one giving Ba an absolute sitter that he missed.

Abdoullah Ba: 3/10

Had a bright spell for 10 mins after the break but obviously not suited to playing up front and couldn’t trouble the central defenders he was up against. Did have a really good chance after a Clarke shot was saved but belted the rebound miles over the bar.


Substitutes

Adil Aouchiche: 6/10

Had one chance sliced just wide, another saved by the goalkeeper and put in a nice cross for Seelt, quite involved considering the situation when he came on.

Eliezer Mayenda: 6/10

One half chance from the edge of the box that he looped over the bar.

Jenson Seelt: 6/10

Not much to do defensively at the point he replaced the stricken Huggins but almost had a chance following a cross from Aouchiche.


Man of the Match: Patrick Roberts

Our most dangerous player throughout, plenty of driving runs and although the final ball was never quite there he was still trying even when we were three down. Had a penalty shout in the second half, picked out Aouchiche who could only slice his effort wide and was combining well with Ba and Huggins.

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