Jon McLaughlin - 7
Believe it or not, but McLaughlin's penalty save was the first EVER non-shootout penalty save made at the Stadium of Light. There have been misses, but no saves - incredible. Nearly let one spill under his legs, and some questionable distribution, but still the best keeper we've had since Jordan Pickford (is that even a compliment?).
Adam Matthews - 4
Way off the pace. Beaten consistently and booked. His place under serious threat after giving away a penalty with a terrible tackle.
Denver Hume - 7
Looked fantastic at times, wasteful others. Closes down the cross very well, which is almost a novelty in itself. He probably wouldn't keep Bryan Oviedo out of the team but looks a prospect nonetheless.
Glen Loovens - 7
That crunching tackle in the second half bumped him to a 7. Was particularly important in the first where Sunderland started so slowly and he seemed one of the few with his head still screwed on.
Jack Balwin - 7
Struggled at first, but grew into the game and looked tremendous in the second half. So comfortable on the ball, though missed an absolute sitter in the second half!
Dylan McGeouch - 5
His performance has split opinion it seems. Showed some sublime touches, but so reluctant to take responsibility in the final third, opting for a sideways pass instead. Not really sure what he added, I'd like to see more but I prefer Max Power considerably right now.
Lee Cattermole - 7 (MAN OF THE MATCH)
Catts gets the accolade. Looks to have real quality in this division. All action, box to box and put in some solid tackles (one which stands out down Fleetwood's attacking let). He looked like the captain today.
George Honeyman - 6
Marked up for his assist, and in the second half took part in some neat play. I still think he is ineffective in the 'number 10' role. Just gets lost, takes up ridiculous positions and is a bit lightweight in possession. Set plays, in Chris Maguire's absence, were awful.
Chris Maguire - 5
Had a poor game, but we really missed him when he was substituted weirdly enough. Nobody else can take a set piece and we had loads of them!
Lynden Gooch - 6
Better in the second half, but a bit too try hard with his dribbling. I wish he would look up more - because there were some good passing opportunities in the middle of his dribbles. Frustration got the better of him in the first.
Josh Maja - 7
Does what he does best. Didn't have much of an impact in general play (barely touched the ball in fact), but provided the goods when it mattered. Though I'm not sure he got the contact he was looking for! I feel like playing him and Charlie Wyke together towards the end of the match would have been a better idea than substituting him, given he can score at any moment.
Jerome Sinclair - 6
Plenty of endeavour, looks to have good presence but the ball didn't really drop for him. Struggled to make significant impact.
Charlie Wyke - 5
Didn't do anything of note and struggled to win the aerial battles he was presumably brought on to win. Despite that, we look a more imposing attack with him in it. I wouldn't read too much into today's performance.
Tom Flanagan - 6
Another to miss a really good opportunity, but I like the look of this fella. He is very vocal and big - definite improvement on the disappointing Adam Matthews.
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