Sunderland managed to take advantage of their extra man after a Kayden Jackson red card, with Charlie Wyke grabbing the only goal of the game. Here’s how the lads rated out of ten...
Lee Burge (7/10): Made one decent save in the second half, but overall it wasn’t a busy night for the keeper. Kept his concentration throughout and his distribution looked more assured than in recent weeks.
Max Power (6/10): Power did have his good moments, like an excellent assist for Wyke’s goal. However for every moment of quality, there was a lapse in concentration or an aimless long pass.
Jordan Willis (6/10): Seemed calm in possession and untested against a weak Ipswich attack.
Bailey Wright (5/10): Showed good bravery going into a good tackle, and lucky not to be seriously injured by Kayden Jackson. Other than that early challenge, Wright looked shaky until coming off. Tried too many audacious long balls, and if Ipswich had eleven men he could have really been caught out.
Callum McFadzean (5/10): Like many tonight, McFadzean gave the ball away cheaply too often. Fortunately, he didn’t have too much defending to do against ten men, so was allowed a license to roam forward. Still looks a liability when the opposition has possession though, and that could become a major issue.
Grant Leadbitter (6/10): One of the few players who showed composure on the ball as we controlled possession. Looked more protected in a midfield three, where the Tractor Boys couldn’t get through in the first half.
Josh Scowen (7/10): Didn’t get on the ball too often, but did his job well. Pressed, harried and ran himself into the ground, and when he did get the ball he kept it moving quickly. Crucial in breaking up the play, especially in the second have when Ipswich came at us a lot more.
Carl Winchester (5/10): Looked sharp at times but also looked sloppy on the ball quite often. Got booked after a daft giveaway and was smartly subbed off at half time.
Aiden McGeady (6/10): Although McGeady was guilty of trying to do too much by himself and at times showed a lack of end product, the winger was instrumental in breaking down a resolute defence and catching them on the counter attack.
Aiden O’Brien (6/10): Kept the defence busy with some great touches and link-up with other attackers. Faded in the second half, but was unlucky to have a shot blocked that looked on target.
Charlie Wyke (7/10): After a slow start, Wyke scored an excellent volley that boosted his confidence. He began to hold the ball up better and pressed well, getting into some good positions even if he was feeding off scraps for the majority of the match.
Elliot Embleton (6/10): Stretched the game against ten men. Embleton was an outlet when we tried to hit Ipswich on the counter and relieve the ever-increasing pressure.
Dion Sanderson (6/10): Looked composed in general, other than one dodgy pass back to Burge. Might have more game time soon due to Wright’s injury, depending on how serious it is.
Lynden Gooch (6/10): Pressed well and Gooch’s pace added another dimension out wide.
Luke O’Nien (N/A): Only played a few minutes as Luke continues his return from injury.