"Really starting to like this lad" "Sloppy, but has credits up his sleeve" - Sunderland fans with mixed reviews of home win over Bradford

It wasn't a classic Sunderland performance that delivered 3 points in front of a bumper home crowd. Let's see what you said about the Lads...

by GMac88 Thursday, 27 December 2018 03:41 PM Comments

Man of the Match - Luke O'Nien (7.9)

Kingy said;

Really starting to like this lad... plenty of energy & some great last ditch tackles. Doing well playing o.o.p at RB

Couldn't agree more. The only thing that bothers me is the temptation for Jack Ross to keep him at right back must be immense right now. However, if he can look better than everyone out of position perhaps he's what we're missing through the middle after a ponderous performance from Max Power and Lee Cattermole. He passed well, supported the attack well and put in a massive shift defensively - including a goal line clearance.

Paul was a bit more to the point, but turns out entirely factual;

Man of the match


2nd place - Aidan McGeady (7.1)

The match-winner has consistently been one of the top rated players in these since we released this feature a few weeks ago. Pedro Greenzales was alone with nothing but praise for the Irish winger;

Again the difference. Just does enough to be better than the rest. More please each week. Keep him fit, add more like him

More McGeady's would be a frightening prospect for most defences nevermind in League One! The sentiment that he is the stand out player in terms of ability was echoed by Adam;

Got another goal showed his superior skill for this level of football


Last place - Jon McLaughlin & Lynden Gooch (5.7)

It's interesting that Gooch is down here with McLaughlin, he saw a lot of the ball but clearly our readers felt the American was wasteful. Dale Robson described his decision making as "iffy again" whilst Mike Ford put forward that Gooch "did not take on full backs enough". Both are very valid points and I fear that decision making maybe what limit's Gooch in his football career. Time is still on his side, so let's hope I'm wrong (it's a common thing to be honest).

McLaughlin had his worst game between the sticks for us. However, as H points out, "he’s got credits up his sleeve". His distribution remained effective, but put us in an uncomfortable situation coming from the ball without getting near it (relying on O'Nien to clear from the goal line), before the now infamous fumble.

O'Nien and McGeady aside, the entire Sunderland side clearly struggled to impress with their ratings supporting that this was a very average performance;

Max Power (6.4), Tom Flanagan (6.4), Bryan Oviedo (6.3), Jack Baldwin (6.3), Lee Cattermole (6.2), Josh Maja (6.1), Chris Maguire (5.8)

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