I'm really trying my best not to be generous with these ratings, such is my overwhelming frustration. However, the fact is overall we were not poor, but we relied on players who were poor to win us this match. Perhaps it's players who take the brunt of the blame, but maybe Gus Poyet deserves a little criticism. That is purely in hindsight mind, I don't think too many were arguing with the team selection before kick-off.
Vito Mannone - 7
Pulled off two or three great saves, gets marked down for scaring the excretion out of me in the first half with the ball at his feet and flapping poorly at a late cross. Otherwise he was excellent.
Ondrej Celustka - 4
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD STOP PASSING HIM THE BALL! Defended well, but proved himself a very average footballer when it comes to any sort of technique and his nosebleeds up field are tsunami-esque.
Phil Bardsley - 8 (MAN OF THE MATCH)
Our top scorer looked the only man capable of scoring today. He did leave his shooting boots at home mind, but he was very good despite that. He dragged the team forward often and defended astutely. Now if we can only sort the other flank out.
John O'Shea - 7
Overall very good, let Gary Hooper get himself a free header which could have cost us, but very solid as he has been consistently since Poyet's arrival.
Wes Brown - 6
Defended excellently all game as you'd expect. Ridiculous moment of madness could cost us much more over the next three games. What were you doing man Wes.
Lee Cattermole - 7
He was part of a solid midfield unit that is probably the best we have available right now. He was caught in possession a few times though and nearly lost the plot with Johan Elmander.
Ki Sung-Yeung - 6
Passed well as always, didn't do as much as we are used to. Missed that open goal which should have been our moment. Just before the game I put him in my fantasy team so I take full responsibility for it.
Seb Larsson - 7
Very close to an 8 but gave away too many free kicks. He was our best midfield and imposed himself a lot more in the final third than we usually see. Didn't take brilliant set pieces but we nearly scored from one. Passed very well and showed good vision.
Emmanuel Giaccherini - 6
It didn't quite work out for him, he did look capable of creating something and worked hard but was substituted in favour of a more direct approach.
Fabio Borini - 7
He was easily our best attacking player. He made many penetrating runs but often didn't receive the ball. Unlike his teammates he wasn't afraid to shoot but wasn't great when he did.
Jozy Altidore - 4
I really didn't want to score him so low, but in the end I had to. He seemed like he never wanted the ball and when he did get it his immediate thought was to get rid instead of looking around. Beaten in the air or ineffectual with the winning header and forgot about the need to shoot.
Adam Johnson - 6
I thought he did well when he came on, added some impetus which is not like him. All of our attacks were through him towards the end but he was caught in possession often - which is more like him.
Steven Fletcher - 6
Got plenty of stick after this game, not so sure he was as lazy or disinterested as some mention. He even sprinted all the way back to his own half to take the ball from O'Shea just to be involved. Held the ball up well but didn't get into any threatening positions.
Valentin Roberge - N/A
Only on a couple of minutes - time for him to step up in Brown's absence. Big chance for the lad.