John McLaughlin - 8.8
This is the highest rating I've seen since we launched this new feature and it should make you feel a bit better about getting a point out of Saturday's game. Without McLaughlin on top form, we would have lost. We were defensively vulnerably, which was primarily caused by losing the midfield battle too often (George Honeyman required!). Thankfully, JMac was in top form, and you heaped the praise on our goalie. We picked out Bryan Thompson's (first) and Frank C's (second) comments from the boatload you kindly left us;
"Commanding performance. three or four saves right out of the top draw. saved our bacon. Consistently good throughout the season.
"Outstanding - kept us in the game, best keeper for two years"
After losing 15 - 20 points through goalkeeping errors on our way down to this level, it's lovely to have another goalkeeper we can rely on to WIN Sunderland some points. We don't take our keepers for granted up here that is for sure!
Luke O'Nien - 7.5
I don't remember O'Nien being outside of the top two rated players since he nailed down that right back slot. He put in another imperious performance, one that if replicated by his teammates, would've delivered three points. We had an anonymous comment about his position in the team;
Possibly our long -erm solution at right back! It's exciting every time he gets forward on the flank.
And I think this is sort of true, but his infectious effort would really help us in midfield. Where Max Power and Dylan McGeouch (although the latter was canny) failed to drive the midfield forward, I think O'Nien would transform our midfield into a more dynamic unit. However, I fully appreciate he's putting in some cracking shifts at right back. The interestingly named Agent Ashleys Bank Account summed up O'Nien really well;
Love how Jack Ross has managed this kid, he truly `gets` SAFC and what it's about, his enthusiasm and passion is infectious, can only see him improving
Charlie Wyke - 5.2
Josh Maja was ruled out through illness, meaning Wyke bore the burden of main goal-getter and I think it's fair to say he had a bad day. Aiden McGeady put it on a plate for him but he couldn't direct his free header from close range on target. Being around 6ft 2 and a bit of a unit, you'd expect him to give League One defences a real problem but truthfully; I don't remember him winning a single header, and he looked a good yard off the pace.
Unfortunately for Charlie, the comments were not kind to him either, so we picked out a couple of the more constructive ones from Dale Robson and another left anonymously;
Not his day! Referee gave him nothing all afternoon, hopefully he will be back up to speed soon
Not ready for a competitive battle against a decent defence. The header from close range should definitely have forced the keeper into a save!
Jack Baldwin (6.8), Tom Flanagan (6.7), Reece James (6.5), Dylan McGeouch (6.4), Aiden McGeady (6.4), Chris Maguire (6.3), Max Power (6.3), Lynden Gooch (5.7).
Thanks everyone for taking part, Sunderland are still in a good position to force automatic promotion.