Player Ratings - the Results: Sam's Substitution Woes Continue

You had your say on how Sunderland's players performed in the 2-0 defeat to Leicester at the Stadium of Light.

by Michael_Peters Monday, 11 April 2016 09:23 PM Comments
You had your say on how Sunderland's players performed in the 2-0 defeat to Leicester at the Stadium of Light.

Man of the Match: Jan Kirchhoff (7.02)
Once again, the German was an imposing presence in the centre of our midfield. Unlike in the game against West Brom, his defensive abilities were repeatedly required against Leicester, and he showed himself more than up to the task, as well as being one of our only positive players going forward. 

He showed how valuable his physical presence can be, making 7 tackles, far ahead of the rest of the team. He also had a pass completion rate of 73%, higher than most of his team-mates, and made 6 out of his 10 attempted long passes in a game which seemed to be filled with not much more than long balls forward on both sides. He didn't have as much of a chance to help the attack as he did last week, but still fashioned one chance with a pass and one more with a cross.

Second Place: Younes Kaboul (6.62)
Not to doubt the wisdom of the masses, but Kaboul would have been my choice for man of the match. He was a rock in our defence throughout the entire match, throwing himself at any ball that got anywhere near our box, and gave Leicester's strikers absolutely no chance in the final third.

In total, he made an incredible 25 clearances, winning a further 10 aerial battles, and also contributed to our cause with a couple of interceptions and a blocked shot. It's very harsh to blame him for Vardy's first - the long ball may have caught out our defence, but that's what Vardy has built his season on and you have to wonder why Cattermole wasn't stopping the service from Danny Drinkwater. Kaboul continuing to play as he has been is a requirement if we're to have any chance of beating the drop.

Last Place: The Subs
Opinion is divided on Allardyce, but his team changes seem to be unanimously baffling. Normally, a player who's on the pitch for the last quarter of the game might get a token 5 or 6. Not this lot - they all scored much lower than any of the starting 11. You handed out a 4.22 to Jeremain Lens, who made a very good attempt to dispel all the hype that's built up around him, and 3.34 to the hapless Jack Rodwell, whose wild slice over the bar from six yards might well become one of the enduring images of his Sunderland career.

But you saved your worst, perhaps unsurprisingly, for Dame N'Doye (3.12). The man has been impersonating a striker since his arrival on Wearside, but in his 22 minutes against the league leaders, was more reminiscent of an arthritic elephant, or perhaps a fridge, in terms of his mobility. He showed absolutely no threat or initiative, and it's very hard to argue any case for him seeing first-team action again.

The Rest
Lamine Kone (6.44), DeAndre Yedlin (6.08), Patrick van Aanholt (5.84), Vito Mannone (5.7), Wahbi Khazri (5.68), Yann M'Vila (5.44), Fabio Borini (5.39), Lee Cattermole (5.15), Jermain Defoe (4.92).