Simon Grayson returned to Wearside and continued his stat of never winning at the SOL. His Fleetwood side couldn’t prevent Kyril Louis-Dreyfus’ first official home win as chairman.
Lee Burge (6/10): Looked confident but Fleetwood rarely attacked.
Conor McLaughlin (7/10): Got forward well from centre half, assured in possession and very tidy.
Dion Sanderson (8/10): Looks like a Championship player and should be starting every single week. Technically gifted and shows some fantastic composure, the lad isn’t scared of getting physical and putting a strong challenge in when needed.
Luke O’Nien (6/10): Managed to contain a fairly limited Fleetwood attack and helped keep another clean sheet for the makeshift defence.
Lynden Gooch (7/10): Really bright as an attacking threat, although he did look frustrated at times. Carried the ball well and seemed to inject some intensity into a lacklustre first half.
Callum McFadzean (6/10): Offered O’Nien little support but looked much better as a wing back and managed to get involved on the wings.
Max Power (6/10): Worked hard, but too many stray passes. Made a bigger impact after we went one nil up, helping to control midfield. Showed great movement in the box for his goal to seal the win.
Grant Leadbitter (6/10): Protected the defence well and dictated play in classic Leadbitter fashion, with lots of short and efficient passes.
Aiden O’Brien (8/10): Good movement off the ball and brought others into play. Scored the opener with an emphatic header, Charlie Wyke-esque. Looks a totally different player to when he first signed in the summer.
Charlie Wyke (6/10): Wyke’s hold up play was impressive even if he took the odd heavy touch. A decent performance, however, he did look slow to react at times and of course couldn’t add to his fantastic tally.
Aiden McGeady (6/10): McGeady was man marked and had a quiet game, but still managed an assist to win us the game with an inch perfect cross for O’Brien, which just shows his quality at this level, even on a bad day.
Jordan Jones (6/10: Stretched Fleetwood when he came on with his pace and positive runs.
Carl Winchester (6/10): Solid if not spectacular, as Winchester has been every time we’ve seen him.
Chris Maguire (6/10): Pressed well in limited minutes.