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Andy’s Player Ratings: Ipswich 2-1 Sunderland - Tractor Boys come from behind to beat Mackems

Sunderland’s naff away form shows no signs of improving after going ahead but conceding twice to lose at Portman Road. Here’s how Andy rated the Lads…

Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images

Anthony Patterson: 7/10

No chance with either goal but made some good saves with one fingertip save in the first half being a particular highlight.

Trai Hume: 7/10

Defended well on the right and overlapped a few times more than he has this season, although not to much effect.

Dan Ballard: 7/10

Was the closest player to Chaplin when he scored his free header but had just been blocked shortly beforehand. Defended really well otherwise.

Luke O’Nien (C): 7/10

Won a good battle with Jackson and made some important blocks, unlucky that a pass was deflected behind him for the first goal.

Aji Alese: 7/10

A good display at left back, got forward well at times too. Won the ball in the corner in the first half but there was no-one in the middle to pick out and then whipped in the cross in the second half but both Jobe and Aouchiche missed the ball.

Dan Neil: 6/10

A tidy display in the middle of the park but feels like he is playing within himself to ensure there is more cover in front of the back four.

Pierre Ekwah: 6/10

A much better display than last week, helped by mostly played it safe but covered well in tandem with Neil.

Jobe Bellingham: 5/10

Advanced forward at times to give an option up top, where he held it up OK but not the slightest threat going forward and never attempted to close down the Ipswich player who played it forward for their first goal.

Alex Pritchard: 6/10

Played more centrally but not a striker and there wasn’t usually anyone in the box when he was on the ball but still was at the centre of our best play. Should have got an assist after playing in Clarke early on, his free kicks were hit and miss and shot just over with a well placed set piece.

Jack Clarke: 7/10

Scored a really good goal for the opener, smashing it in the top corner. That came shortly after he hit a shot straight at the goalkeeper after being played in by Pritchard. Not a lot of chances to run at the Ipswich defence but always looked a threat.

Abdoullah Ba: 7/10

Did really well to set up the first goal of the game, after winning the ball high up, driving into the box and picking out Clarke. Carried the ball up the pitch well, was a good outlet and forced one of Ipswich’s main threats, Leif Davis, back.


Substitutes

Adil Aouchiche: 5/10

Missed an absolute sitter, gave away a soft free kick from which the home side scored the winner then completely missed the ball when Alese whipped a cross in.

Nazariy Rusyn: 5/10

Not sure he had the chance to touch the ball once he came on.

Mason Burstow: N/A

A very late change and no chance to get involved.


Man of the Match: Aji Alese

Defended really well at left back and provided a good threat on the overlap, with more men in the box he could and maybe should have had an assist or two. Provides a good balance on that side of the defence.

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