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Andy’s Player Ratings: Hull 0-1 Sunderland - Michael Beale gets his first win!

Sunderland’s dominance and patience finally paid off thanks to a late goal from Jack Clarke, securing an important three points - the first of Michael Beale’s tenure. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads!

Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Anthony Patterson: 7/10

Made a couple of good saves in the second half, one from a wide angle and another tipped over but didn’t let his recent mistakes affect him and looked comfortable all afternoon.

Jenson Seelt: 7/10

Really good at right back for a big centre half, rarely beaten, made some good interceptions and got his head on some dangerous crosses. Always comfortable on the ball.

Dan Ballard: 7/10

A solid display in the middle of defence and won almost everything that came his way.

Luke O’Nien (C): 7/10

An important clearance, just about, from a dangerous late cross. Distribution was good today too with one very good cross-field ball to set Roberts away down the right.

Trai Hume: 5/10

Kept going all game but not his most solid display at left back, was beaten more today than he usually is and was seemed to be targeted by the home side with most of their attacks coming down his side.

Dan Neil: 7/10

Was quick to drive us up the pitch, particularly in the first half. Not so much after the break but did get an assist after playing the ball to Clarke. Covered lots of ground and always putting Hull under pressure.

Pierre Ekwah: 7/10

Looked much more like the Ekwah we had at the beginning of the season, looked sharper on the ball, dovetailed better with Neil and used his body well to get away from pressure.

Patrick Roberts: 6/10

Had our best chance while he was on the pitch after being played in by Clarke but couldn’t find a way past the goalkeeper. Curled another shot comfortably wide in the first half, put in a dangerous cross after the break after good work down the right but there was no-one there to turn it in.

Jobe Bellingham: 6/10

Was good away from the opposition box, driving us forward at times and showing good skill to get away from Hull players. In the box he was very risk-averse, especially in the first half. There were a couple of times he was in a dangerous position himself but dawdled and ended up playing the safe ball to a team-mate.

Jack Clarke: 7/10

Scored a really good goal after cutting onto his right foot and steering the ball into the far corner. Played a really nice ball to Roberts after driving forward that his fellow winger should have scored from and picked out Dack with a headed knockdown. Drove at Hull’s right back all game but the final ball was not always there when he got past him.

Bradley Dack: 6/10

Was tidy in possession but not particularly dangerous going forward, had one half chance that he spooned over before injury cut short his afternoon.


Substitutes

Adil Aouchiche: 7/10

Was probably our most dangerous player in the second half, his final shot wasn’t usually good enough but made chances for himself with good movement and came close when he fired a loose ball just wide.

Alex Pritchard: 6/10

Played a nice through ball to Aouchiche that the goalkeeper had to be alert to stop.

Nectar Triantis: 6/10

Wasn’t on for long but came on as we looked to see out the game but only contribution was to give away a soft free kick.


Man of the Match: Jenson Seelt

Had to start at right back due to the injury to Niall Huggins and looked quite comfortable in that position. Not a lot of attacking threat but uses the ball well, put in a nice cross for Jack Clarke that set up a chance for Dack and defended well all game. Reads the game well with a number of interceptions and headed clearances.

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