The Kyril-Louis Dreyfus era is officially underway and is it too early to get excited again? 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 – 6.3
Comment of the day: “Easy night” - Poly
Not that any supporters were in the Stadium to witness this but I’ve been told Burge asked for them to put his Netflix account on the video screen opposite him whilst the game was going on yesterday. Very quiet with not much to do but his distribution leaves a lot to be desired; That’s being picky though, another clean sheet for Sunderland’s number one.
Dion Sanderson – 7.9
COTD: “A star in the making” – Dave from Durham
Another incredible performance from the youngster on loan from Wolves as he controlled the Sunderland backline for another 90 minutes. If anybody fancies setting up a tent outside Molineux to start negotiations on getting this lad in for another season then let us know, his signing would be a signal of intent from our new owners.
Luke O’Nien – 7.5
COTD: “Plays with a smile on his face” - Anonymous
That’s three games at centre-back for Luke and three clean sheets; The winner of the North-East Sports Personality of the Year had very little to contend with from the Fleetwood front-line but everything that did come his way was dealt with superbly. If he keeps this up I’m struggling to see how our natural centre backs find their place back in to the starting line-up.
Conor McLaughlin – 7
COTD: “Looking more composed every game” – Kenny R
The third centre back who composed the Sunderland wall of impenetrability last night was McLaughlin and it was another steady game for the Northern Irish international as he continued to find his feet at the Stadium of Light. Some poor passing dampened a bright performance but he’s starting to look at home under Lee Johnson’s stewardship.
Callum McFadzean – 5.2
COTD: “Better but still the weak link at the back” - Topper
I was quite surprised at the 5.2 rating and I couldn’t remember if Callum really did much wrong yesterday but I guess that’s the point, a 5 rating is average and that was pretty much what we saw from his game against Fleetwood last night. He does link up well when going forward but there’s always that question of concentration in defensive.
Lynden Gooch – 6.6
COTD: “Hot and cold from Lynden” – KLD fan club
A largely quiet and ineffectual night from Gooch but not without great work rate for the team; After a great display against Burton, culminating in a fantastic finish that crashed off of the underside of the bar, we were hoping to see a similar performance on Tuesday night but Lynden struggled to pick his head up and pick the right options on too many occasions.
Max Power – 7.4
COTD: “A captain’s performance” – Hill of Beath
Where has this Max Power been for the past year or so? Big credit to Lee Johnson for reinvigorating him in to the player that lead Wigan to promotion from League One a couple of seasons ago and long may his form continue. After his last second goal to draw level against Fleetwood last season, Max followed suit by getting himself on to the scoresheet again with a brilliant header from a well-worked Sunderland corner.
Grant Leadbitter – 6.2
COTD: “More touches than Casanova” – Fullwell Ender
It was a quiet performance for a lot of the defensive players in the Sunderland team and for Grant it was no different as he recycled the ball well before being taken off for Carl Winchester in the second half. Offered himself for the pass whenever possible and kept the Fleetwood midfield chasing the ball throughout.
Aiden McGeady – 7.1
COTD: “14 games, 10 assists” - Anonymous
It wasn’t a vintage performance by any means as some of his passing and trickery didn’t stick as well as it has in previous games but if you look at the definition of ‘Gamechanger’ in the EFL dictionary, you see a picture of Aiden McGeady. Shifting the ball on to his left foot and dinking a ball in to a dangerous area for the oncoming O’Brien meant it was McGeady’s 10th assist in 14 games since returning to the Sunderland side.
Aiden O’Brien – 6.8
COTD: “Unselfish and improving every game” – Rob Ramsey
At the weekend I asked for O’Brien to start getting himself on to the end of some chances more often and a few days later he gets himself on to a McGeady cross to score the opener against Fleetwood. At the weekend I’d like to see O’Brien getting on to a hat-trick of opportunities please, same with the next game after that. Whilst working tirelessly for the team, hounding defenders and making himself a nuisance, it was great to see O’Brien score a goal and let’s hope it’s the start of a good run.
Charlie Wyke – 6.2
COTD: “Marked closely all game” - Anonymous
You could say the benefit to having a striker in the form of Charlie is that it takes the attention away from the rest of the forwards as the opposition are all worried about him and evidently, we saw that last night as the Fleetwood defence stuck to his every move. Wyke battled well despite this but it wasn’t a night of great opportunity in front of goal for the big man.
Jordan Jones – 6.7
COTD: “His time will come” - Racey
Another promising appearance off of the bench from Jones as he came close to scoring with his first touch of the ball. Offered a direct style of play as he stuck to the wing and gave the Fleetwood defenders something different to think about; Was involved in a big collision that he was fortunate to come out of unscathed.
Carl Winchester – 5.8
COTD: “Fairly anonymous” - Onlooker
I think most Sunderland supporters need to see more of Winchester before they can decide what type of player he is and what he brings to the Sunderland team because these 15/20-minute cameos aren’t offering us much hope of anything other than a player to keep it tidy and move the ball backwards and sideward. You know, the same thing that George Dobson could have done without spending additional money on Winchester.
(Yes, I repeated the same blurb as I used at the weekend)