Sunderland U23 vs PSV Eindhoven: Exclusive Player Ratings

Sunderland's development squad saw off PSV Eindhoven 2-0 at a windswept Stadium of Light. WAW exclusively rates the players.

GK. Max Stryjek: Wasn't ever called upon to do anything spectacular but made a couple of decent saves, including a good reaction stop early in the first half with the score at 0-0. Commanded his area well and displayed good catching throughout. Sliced clearances into the wind on a couple of occasions. 6

RB. Josh Robson: Struggled to adapt to the game and was pulled out of position far too easily. Caught too far upfield on occasion which gave PSV the opportunity to counter. Poor ball control let him down occasionally. Redeemed himself somewhat in the second half as he was more involved with play. 4

CB. George Brady: A solid performance. Went unnoticed for much of the game, did what he needed to do and didn't give any cause for complaint. Used his physical strength very well and was good at holding opponents off the ball. 6

CB. Michael Ledger: Formed a robust partnership with Brady. Did his job satisfactorily and performed well in the air, making a number of headed clearances. Very composed under pressure, kept his head well in some dicey situations. Held his position well throughout the game. 6

LB. Tommy Robson (capt.): Also very capable in the air. Got forward well and made himself available on the overlap. Tried to cross the ball often with mixed results. Defensively, was shrugged off the ball far too easily. Looked a bit shaky when making clearances. 5

RM. Luke Molyneux: Excellent vision, always looking for incisive passes. Drew fouls from opponents. Pressed PSV's defensive line very well and was able to beat defenders with his skill. Missed a couple of defensive tackles, but a very strong showing. 7

CM. Elliot Embleton: Fantastic deliveries from corners. Scored SAFC's first; controlled a loose ball well and stroked home the finish. Forced other chances through his determination. Crossed well from open play and from wide free kicks.  Looked slightly vulnerable to pressure. 8 - WAW's man of the match

CM. Ethan Robson: Powerful crosses which caused PSV's defenders some problems. Assigned to free kick duty; didn't often make much of them. Effective distribution for most of the game. Caught in possession on a few occasions. Marshalled the centre of the park very well. 6

LM. George Honeyman: Cut inside to beat defenders several times. Keen vision and awareness of teammates around him. Had a couple of chances to take on a shot, but delayed too much. Crisp short passing. Made some contributions to the defensive effort with important tackles. Set up the second goal. 7

FW. Joel Asoro: Somewhat isolated for first half hour. Pushed around by PSV's defenders. Looked a lot better when playing wider in the second half. Assisted the first and scored the second goal, sweeping home a cross. Ran around a lot and put some pressure on the defence while they were in possession. 8

FW. Josh Maja: Made good use of his strength to hold the ball up. Attempted some flick-ons to Asoro. Looked more comfortable playing slightly behind his strike partner. Didn't see a lot of attacking opportunities come his way. 6

SUB. Carl Lawson (for Molyneux 72): Very lively, injected some pace into the game when he came on. Full of energy and made good short passes. 6

SUB. Dan Casey (for J Robson 82): Didn't have a lot to do. Made a couple of composed headers. N/A

SUB. Andrew Nelson (for Maja 86): Had maybe two touches of the ball in his cameo. N/A
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