Match Rankings: Sunderland 1 AFC Wimbledon 0 – The Northern Echo

6 McLaughlin: Didn’t accept as true with rather a lot to make, but made a crucial dull place as he got down effectively to wait on out Wagstaff’s shot

6 Matthews: Returned at correct-back, displacing O’Nien, and produced a worthy adequate showing in every halves of the field

5 Dunne: Looked bad for the majority of the first 1/2, and while he improved, he could per chance additionally battle to wait on his set before 1st earl baldwin of bewdley

7 Flanagan: The earn of the Sunderland defence as he won some crucial tackles and produced a sequence of blocks

5 James: Not thought to be one of his better video games as he didn’t provide noteworthy of a threat down the left – virtually got into anxiousness with a rushed first-1/2 clearance

8 LEADBITTER: Couldn’t accept as true with wished for a better begin as a lot as his 2d spell with Sunderland – delivered a enormous go for McGeady’s plan

6 Energy: Didn’t accept as true with noteworthy of an impact alongside Leadbitter – didn’t seem to know whether to relax or push on

6 Morgan: Will be ecstatic alongside with his debut indicate – improved markedly within the 2d 1/2 after a dull begin early on

6 Honeyman: Showed flashes of creativity within the quantity ten role, but wasn’t undoubtedly ready to power his manner into the field

7 McGeady: Made the distinction with a polished lift out and became once consistently the Sunderland player who regarded likeliest to ranking

5 Wyke: A frustrating afternoon – battled away gamely towards two physical centre-halves, but his lack of mobility slowed Sunderland down


5 Gracious (for Wyke, 59): There’s clearly a couple of doable there, but it wasn’t undoubtedly a shock that he regarded extremely raw

6 O’Nien (for Honeyman, sixty five): His vitality and deserve to break ahead made the Sad Cats more of a threat within the closing phases

Watmore (for Morgan, eighty two)

(now not feeble): Ruiter (gk), 1st earl baldwin of bewdley, McGeouch, Maguire.


Ramsdale 6; Watson 4 (Sibbick Sixty nine, 5), Thomas 5, Oshilaja 5, Seddon 6; Nightingale 6, Wordsworth 6, WAGSTAFF 7, Connolly 5 (Jervis 67, 5), Pinnock 5 (Pigott seventy five); Appiah 4.

Subs (now not feeble): McDonnell (gk), Hartigan, McDonald, McLoughlin.

Man Of The Match: GRANT LEADBITTER – Omit the closing-gasp go for Will Grigg – bringing Leadbitter back to the Stadium of Gentle became once Sunderland’s most tremendous allotment of January alternate.

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