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Andy’s Player Ratings: Rotherham 1-1 Sunderland - Clarke saves Beale’s blushes with equaliser

Sunderland only managed to take a point off bottom side Rotherham, going behind before Jack Clarke saved the day again. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads…

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Anthony Patterson: 8/10

No chance with the volley that put Rotherham one up but made a string of good saves over the course of a couple of minutes in the first half when the home side were putting the pressure on from set pieces.

Jenson Seelt: 6/10

Not really tested defensively but no threat going forward. as you’d expect from a centre back playing at right back.

Dan Ballard: 7/10

Another strong performance from Ballard, not really troubled from open play but vital from set pieces at both ends of the pitch.

Luke O’Nien (C): 7/10

Like Ballard, not stretched from open play and spread the ball around well at the back. Had a couple of dangerous efforts from distance too.

Trai Hume: 6/10

Had a few good bursts forward before the break and mostly defended well, other than letting the cross come in too easily that led to the goal.

Dan Neil: 6/10

Tidy in the middle of the pitch and started the game well with one burst down a channel and a shot that was driven just wide but like Ekwah got too passive while on the ball.

Pierre Ekwah: 5/10

Passing was fine, if very conservative, but his headed clearance that led to the goal was very poor, heading it out to the ‘D’ was always going to invite trouble.

Patrick Roberts: 6/10

Looked lively early on and played one great through ball to Clarke after he had drifted onto the left-hand side. Unfortunately pulled up after clearing the ball and had to go off early.

Adil Aouchiche: 5/10

Bizarrely asked to lead the line, unsurprisingly he wasn’t suited to playing that role and was left extremely isolated.

Jack Clarke: 7/10

Kept driving forward despite not a lot happening for the team going forward, eventually got a goal thanks to a shot that was deflected over the goalkeeper.

Jobe Bellingham: 4/10

Anonymous for long spells and often slowed play down when he got on the ball, looks like he is struggling with the amount of minutes he’s being asked to play. No creative or attacking threat from him. Got booked in the first half, got away with a potential second yellow just before the break and as a result couldn’t put a tackle in during the build up to Rotherham’s opener.


Substitutes

Abdoullah Ba: 6/10

Came on early for the injured Roberts but couldn’t get into the game until Pritchard came on and he started playing more centrally, looked a better player for it.

Mason Burstow: 4/10

Came on at half-time but barely featured at all.

Alex Pritchard: 7/10

Made a big difference when he came on, with the team looking a lot more fluent and had a hand in the goal after his cross was headed out to Clarke.

Timothee Pembele: 6/10

Played it safe a bit when in possession, typically passing it back to the centre halves rather than looking to drive up the wing like he did during the recent under-21 game but did have a chance to win it but his header was well saved.


Man of the Match: Anthony Patterson

With the team struggling to do anything in the first half, Patterson shone during a very dangerous spell by the home side. Made a number of saves during the spell, where the team could have crumbled if they had conceded at that point. Was solid throughout the game too and was only beaten by a great volley that he had no chance with.

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