Player Ratings: Four Battle for Man of the Match After Four Goal Haul

Why would you not relive Saturday a little more? It's Monday, so let's have a cheer up and look back at your ratings.

Vito Mannone (7.65)
Palace didn't carve too many chances until the second half by which time the match was over. Mannone was called into extensive action towards the end of the match, securing a well deserved cleansheet with an excellent double save, the second installment denying Christian Benteke his traditional goal against Sunderland.

John O'Shea (7.39)
Solid enough, as he was against Spurs, so the news of his hamstring injury isn't a great one.

Lamine Kone (8.78) SECOND PLACE
Whilst it was a disappointing AFCON for Kone personally, the experience seems to have brough the Ivorian back to his best. Two games and two collossal performances. Saturday's was up there with the best he's performed in a Sunderland shirt and his instinctive finish to start the first half goal scoring was one Defoe would have been proud of.

Jason Denayer (7.82)
Much more composed than he has been in recent months, hopefully this brings him the confidence he has desperately needed.

Billy Jones (7.27)
The defensive shape looks to be working well and Jones always seems to be somewhat in control of play coming down his wing.

Bryan Oviedo (8.33)
If this is the level of performance we can expect from the former Everton man then we really have found an excellent and cheap replacement for the defensively lacklustre Patrick van Aanholt. Wilfred Zaha barely had a sniff whilst Oviedo forced Sunderland on the front foot several times in the first half.

Didier Ndong (8.63)
This lad was absolutely excellent. His goal was tremendous, but his overall influence was top drawer. Ndong probably gave the ball away a few more times than against Spurs, though his energy and willingness to drive forward certainly made up for that.

Jack Rodwell (7.48)
What a moment in history. Sunderland win a Premier League football match with Rodwell in the starting line up. It was a influential performance from Rodders too, so the news of his hamstring injury is disappointing. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.

Seb Larsson (7.23)
Might have been sent off, wasn't, thankfully. For the first time in a while we witnessed some good set pieces, one of which led to the opener.

Adnan Januzaj (7.54)
The Belgian was scintillating on Saturday and it was he who set up both of Defoe's goals in first half injury time. He might have even got on the scoresheet himself, firing an excellent effort from outside the box just wide. The forth goal was a sublime pass which took out four of Palace's 'defence'.

Jermain Defoe (8.89) MAN OF THE MATCH
What a guy. What a guy. Two superb finishes from two superb moves. Defoe's first half injury time rampage effectively ended the contest and sealed a precious three points. 


Joleon Lescott (6.98)
Looked a little off the pace at times, didn't look match fit, but was dominant in the air.

Darron Gibson (7.12)
Tidy debut, Sunderland slowed right down in the second half so difficult to make judgement from that.

Steven Pienaar (6.63)
Much like Gibson, was generally tidy without moving up too many gears.

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