Callum McFadzean‘s opener was cancelled out by Callum Morton, leaving the lads with a 1-1 draw with The Imps in an end-to-end match. Here’s how the lads rated out of ten...
Lee Burge (8/10): Made a great save in the first half from Regan Poole to bail out Luke O’Nien. Sharp throughout and continues to grow in confidence. Unlucky to be beaten by Morton’s powerful equaliser. Made a number of fantastic stops in the second half to keep the lads level.
Conor McLaughlin (6/10): Classic Conor McLaughlin performance. Tidy on the ball without creating much, not getting forward too often but dependable at the back.
Dion Sanderson (6/10): Looked classy as ever, never breaking his stride other than losing his footing once.
Luke O’Nien (5/10): Did well in the air, but a few lapses in concentration gave the ball away cheaply at times, particularly their only chance of the first half. Turned on the edge of the box moments before the Lincoln goal.
Callum McFadzean (7/10): Got forward at every opportunity and good positioning to score an impressive header. His best game for Sunderland.
Max Power (8/10): Ran the show in midfield. Switched the play countless times with excellent long balls and provided so much energy to press high up the pitch. Set up McFadzean with an inch perfect cross.
Grant Leadbitter (7/10): A few moments of class to keep the ball. Came close with a fierce shot from long range.
Carl Winchester (7/10): In a more advanced role, Winchester’s energy allowed us to win the ball further forward. Linked play well and cleaned up after Wyke’s knock ons.
Lynden Gooch (6/10): Worker hard in the final third and pressed well, but faded and wasn’t able to make much of an impact out wide.
Charlie Wyke (6/10): Barely had a sight of goal, but pressed well and won a lot of aerial battles.
Aiden McGeady (6/10): Quick feet throughout, but Poole seemed to have his number at times. Tested the goalkeeper with a well-struck free kick.
Josh Scowen (6/10): Industrious but probably needed a bit more quality on the ball.
Ross Stewart (6/10): Made a nuisance of himself but didn’t have the same impact as Wednesday night.
Chris Maguire (7/10): An instant threat when he came on and was dangerous from free kicks in the fifteen minutes or so that he played.