Sunderland followed up their comfortable victory over Wimbledon with a frustrating loss to Plymouth, who hadn’t won away from home this season. Here’s how the lads rated out of ten...
Lee Burge (6/10): Quick off his line when he needed to be, without having to do a lot in terms of shot stopping.
Dion Sanderson (7/10): Sanderson clearly has a lot of potential, filling in at fullback and then centre half. He was confident on the ball and not afraid of a tackle.
Jordan Willis (8/10): Looked really assured and dominant before coming off after thirty-five minutes. Hopefully his injury problem isn’t too serious because the difference in quality is tangible when Willis is on the pitch.
Bailey Wright (6/10): Kept things simple on the ball, looking comfortable against League One’s joint top scorer. When Willis came off, Wright was a bit more exposed at the back.
Callum McFadzean (7/10): Looked dangerous in attack, linking up well with McGeady out wide. He provided Aiden O’Brien with a wonderful cross for our first equaliser. Defensively, McFadzean was actually pretty solid compared to his recent performances.
Carl Winchester (5/10): Fairly anonymous throughout, other than an early booking that limited his impact on the game.
Josh Scowen (7/10): One of the few players who managed to keep the ball under control on the boggy pitch. Carried the ball well, always looking to create things as we controlled possession.
Jack Diamond (6/10): A quiet first half was made up for with a better second half. In the latter stages the youngster looked like the only player with any sort of pace or enthusiasm.
Aiden McGeady (6/10): McGeady was one of Sunderland’s brightest attackers, with everything coming through the winger. Wasteful in possession at times though, squandering a great chance in the first half.
Aiden O’Brien (7/10): Energetic throughout, causing problems for the Plymouth defence. Netted a well-earned equaliser with a brilliantly guided header.
Charlie Wyke (5/10): Failed to hold up anything as a target man and didn’t link up well with O’Brien or anyone else. Disappointing for Wyke as he would have hoped to build on a hat trick at the weekend.
Max Power (6/10): Overlapped well and put in a few decent balls, without really having a big impact from right back.
Chris Maguire (5/10): Didn’t look sharp enough as we pushed for another equaliser, didn’t create much.
Elliot Embleton (6/10): Caused a few problems with some good set pieces, filling in at left back. Embleton still hasn’t shown enough to prove that he deserves minutes in the first team yet.
Grant Leadbitter (6/10): Showed good quality and experience as we pushed for a goal. Wasn’t on long enough to make enough of a difference though.