The matriarch of the cobbles has had countless romances in her search for eternal married bliss, so surely after so many failed attempts of finding that spark, it’s time to consider a trip to Wearside; The Stadium of Light is the place of giving after all.
Unlike a desperate Gail, Plymouth made the extensive expedition to the North-East, on what was an incredibly rainy Tuesday night, in pursuit of their first away win on the road this season. Would Sunderland, the gift of those in need, allow Plymouth that opportunity? You betcha!
We asked you to vote on the ratings of the Sunderland team, so let’s have a look at what you, the supporters, thought.
Lee Burge – 5.8
Comment of the day: “Basically solid. Left exposed by poor defending for both goals”
With very little to do, Burge must be getting frustrated with the goals that we find ourselves conceding. Goalkeepers need help from their defence and the lack of concentration in front of him is costing both Sunderland points and clean sheets for himself.
Jordan Willis – 5.8
COTD: “This is a tragedy, our best player with serious injury issues”
Ah man, this is a frustrating one. It does seem as if Willis has been rushed back in to the first team but he is a player of tremendous quality in this league so you can understand the decision. Tidy on the ball until the injury forced him off, his presence will be missed in future games.
Bailey Wright – 5.5
COTD: “Did okay, seen him perform better”
Personally, I’m disappointed with Bailey Wright yesterday. A few have commented about him being at fault for the second goal and I am inclined to agree, there is no reason for the opposition to be able to run in to our box so easily and get a shot away. Bailey has the experience to do better there and it cost us the momentum we had, however, he wasn’t the only player at fault for it.
Dion Sanderson – 5.7
COTD: “Looked better when switched to Centre half”
Dion was a man in demand this week with Cardiff looking to pinch him from under our noses but what did you make of his performance on Tuesday? He did look a lot more comfortable in the middle as opposed to at Right Back, however, I can’t be the only one expecting a little bit more from Sanderson. We need our players to be more than “okay” if we are to be promoted.
Callum McFadzean – 3.7
COTD: “Three assists. Unfortunately, two for them”
There were plenty of humorous comments regarding the performance of McFadzean on Tuesday night and it’d be difficult not to agree with the majority; To get the positive out of the way, it was an excellent assist for our goal. Defensively though, as is an age of story with Sunderland full backs, he was poor. So, so poor and at fault for both of their goals.
Carl Winchester – 4.6
COTD: “Is used to better players at Forest Green”
It must be difficult to be a new Sunderland player these days, you walk in and you’re sold on seeing this stadium, the training facilities and the idea of this club potentially being back in the top division someday. However, by the time matchday comes around, it’s the 90th minute and you realise that maybe this might be tougher than you think. It’s early days for Winchester but in ‘do-nothing’ midfielders we are plentiful, he has to show more.
Josh Scowen – 4.3
COTD: “Same old, plenty of effort, no end result”
Scowen was poor on Tuesday night and he is a player of much more quality than he is currently showing. Poor decision making in front of goal cost us some half opportunities but a player of his experience continues a common theme of our midfield this year in the fact that they must do more.
Aiden McGeady – 5.6
COTD: “So he’s really helped improve things then?”
It sometimes feels as if you could throw Messi or Ronaldo in to this team and they would struggle to find the ability to make an impact but as farfetched as that possibility would be, we’ll have to make do with McGeady. He’s a player that would be the envy of most sides in the league and nobody can fault the effort of him last night to make things happen. Should have scored but on a whole, a frustrating night for the no 28.
Aiden O’Brien – 5.8 (Man of the Match)
COTD: “Tried to get in the game”
You can’t fault the lack of effort from O’Brien last night, he took his goal well and dropped deep to support a midfield that struggled for creativity. Hopefully he continues his recent performances going in to the game against Shrewsbury at the weekend.
Jack Diamond – 5.4
COTD: “Tried hard with limited success”
Another of the lads up front that worked hard but lack of experience and poor decision making is affecting some of our attacks. He’s young, raw and learning but also the least of our problems.
Charlie Wyke – 3.5
COTD: “Very poor, never threatened, too many performances like this from him”
Forget Sunderland till I Die, when’s the disappearance of Charlie Wyke documentary hitting Netflix? In a performance all too familiar, Wyke led the line in the way of a biro running out of ink. Unable to hold the ball up and gifting cheap fouls to the opposition whilst generally bumbling around like I do when I’m out walking the dog. Bloody hell Charlie.
Max Power – 4.8
COTD: “No quality or leadership”
Came on for the injured Willis to fill in at the right back position. Didn’t offer much, didn’t do much. A lot of your comments suggest that you are expecting more of a player with the experience of Max Power and I can’t help but agree.
Elliot Embleton – 4.9
COTD: “Left back, really?”
Questions will be asked of Lee Johnson’s decision to leave Embleton out of the first eleven, considering he is a midfielder that attempts to transition with the ball from midfield in to attack but the idea of playing him at full back left most dumbfounded.
Chris Maguire – 4.4
COTD: “The King is looking very old and pedestrian these days"
I’m not entirely sure if there’s something going on behind the scenes but Maguire looks a shadow of the player he has shown to be for Sunderland in the past. He wasn’t given much time to affect the result but he needs to show more with the opportunities he is afforded.