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Andy’s Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-1 Real Mallorca: Honours even after a lively pre-season encounter!

Tony Mowbray’s team played out a feisty draw with the La Liga outfit on Saturday. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads!

Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images,

Anthony Patterson: 6/10

No chance with the well-placed header that levelled the game, and not really much else to do other than with his feet where he looked comfortable and played one really good ball over the top for Bellingham to run on to.

Trai Hume: 6/10

Quiet in an attacking sense, other than one blast over from twenty five yards out late on, and steady defensively. Stepped into midfield well on occasions, especially in the first half.

Dan Ballard: 6/10

Quiet in the first half but looked comfortable. Got turned at one point after the break by the big Mallorca striker but a pretty easy game for him.

Luke O’Nien: 7/10

Maybe concentrated too much on battling for the ball for Mallorca’s goal rather than trying to win the ball but battled throughout. Used the ball well and wound up Mallorca enough that one of their players tried to wipe him out, getting himself sent off in the process.

Dennis Cirkin: 6/10

Got stretched a few times behind and took his usual clattering to the face but a good return to action for the left back.

Dan Neil: 7/10

Looked to have more license to get forward today but still worked hard defensively. Covered a lot of ground and kept going until the end where he hit a shot over with the last kick of the game.

Pierre Ekwah: 7/10

Continues to build a fine understanding with Neil and played a brilliant reverse ball in the first half that set up an attack, and also got a dangerous shot off that led to the corner for our goal.

Patrick Roberts: 7/10

Put a peach of a cross onto Hemir’s head for the striker’s goal and delivered some dangerous corners in the first half. His dribbling wasn’t quite there today but he played an unbelievable ball from deep for Jobe in the second half, but the midfielder couldn’t quite get on the end of it.

Jobe Bellingham: 7/10

Played an interesting role, floating from central midfield to giving support to Hemir up top. Made some good runs from deep and could maybe have got shots off rather than playing the ball wide to Roberts a couple of times. Dropped off in the second half but a promising display.

Jack Clarke: 6/10

Had a couple of half chances in the first half but kept quiet, which was more a result of the team going down the right or middle than by the visitors shutting him down.

Hemir: 7/10

Good movement for his goal but he also showed good movement throughout and looked to be handful for the Mallorca defence with his strength. Brought his teammates into play well, too.


Substitutes

Abdoullah Ba: 6/10

Started a little slowly but found his feet and looked very dangerous on the ball late on.

Chris Rigg: 6/10

Had one really good run down the right where he skipped past a few defenders and had to be brought down on the edge of the box.

Nectarios Triantis: 6/10

Very comfortable, both defensively and on the ball.

Isaac Lihadji: 6/10

Had a couple of dangerous runs down the right but couldn’t get past the last man.

Jewison Bennette: 6/10

A lot of willing running up top but not many opportunities on the ball.

Niall Huggins: 6/10

Got caught a couple of times trying to turn onto his right foot but looked lively going forward.


Man of the Match: Pierre Ekwah

Another good display by Ekwah, who looks set up to have a very good season.

Mallorca struggled to get near him in the first half, and it was his good shot that led to the corner for Hemir’s goal. He played some really good balls around corners to set the team away and seems to have built a good partnership with Dan Neil.

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