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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-1 WBA - Managerless Mackems back to winning ways!

Sunderland looked more organised and clinical against a strong West Brom side, winning all three points with Mike Dodds in charge. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads!

Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images


Anthony Patterson: 6/10

Protected well by the defenders in front of him, until a good cross for WBA’s goal left him with no chance, made some comfortable claims but not the best distribution.

Trai Hume: 7/10

Quiet game at left back but defended well and kept that side quiet, one instance with a player getting past him but that didn’t come to anything.

Luke O’Nien (C): 7/10

Kept West Brom quiet and was at good at getting out of pressure being put on the defence, like Ballard will be disappointed with their goal.

Dan Ballard: 8/10

Scored the opener with a well placed header from a difficult angle, made some important blocks at the back. Got booked for a hard tackle on Maja and let a runner in behind at one point but recovered really well to get his body between the ball and the runner.

Niall Huggins: 7/10

One lucky let off when he got caught under the ball but Ekwah tracked back and helped him out, defended really well on the right though and provided Roberts some support going forward with overlapping runs.

Dan Neil: 7/10

Took his goal superbly after a brilliant run on the counter, had another couple of efforts in the first half from dangerous positions but couldn’t get a clean strike away. Worked hard in the first half but controlled the game a lot better after the break.

Pierre Ekwah: 7/10

Still don’t think he’s fully over his injury, with one instance in the first half of him being turned too easily and struggling to track back but other than that he protected the defence well, made an important block or two and made a great recovery after Huggins got caught under the ball.

Patrick Roberts: 8/10

Looked up for it today, involved in both Jobe’s disallowed goal and Aouchiche hitting the post but troubled the visitor’s throughout and his work-rate was superb.

Adil Aouchiche: 6/10

Had a couple of dangerous shots, one was spilled allowing Jobe to score before it was incorrectly ruled offside and then he hit the post in the second half. Nothing more than neat and tidy in his build up play though.

Jack Clarke: 7/10

Had the beating of his full back all game, didn’t always make the right choice once he was past him but was a great outlet. Had a chance after Aouchiche hit the post but the goalkeeper tipped it just wide.

Jobe Bellingham: 6/10

Had a goal wrongly disallowed but worked hard up top and occupied the central defenders with little coming his way.


Substitutes

Alex Pritchard: 8/10

Changed the game when he came on, whipped in a great free kick for Ballard’s goal and then showed great vision to pick out Neil’s run.

Eliezer Mayenda: 6/10

Lively as usual but we were seeing the game out for most of his time on the pitch.


Man of the Match: Alex Pritchard

Made the most of his substitute appearance with two assists, the game would likely have drifted to a nil-nil without his presence. A well taken free kick onto Ballard’s head for the first goal and then capitalised on a slip for the second and did great to spot Neil’s lung-bursting run. Deserves a start.

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