Sunderland 1-1 Blackpool – Player ratings

Sunderland were held to a 1-1 draw at the hands of play-off chasing Blackpool as their promotion push suffered yet another blow. How did SAFC players rate?

 

Jon McLaughlin – 6

Didn’t have very much to do and was unable to prevent a great strike which gave Blackpool their first half lead.

 

Luke O’Nien – 6

First game back into the squad in his unnatural position at right-back. Didn’t contribute an awful lot in terms of getting forward and offering the midfielders an alternative option. An overall steady defensive display.

 

Jack Baldwin – 8

Looked calm and comfortable everytime he had the ball at his feet. Dealt with every aerial threat that was flung his way and even contributed with the goal which seen Sunderland equalise.

 

Jimmy Dunne – 6

Seems to be settling in well at Sunderland and even found himself further up the pitch than expected in spells. Like Baldwin, won most headers and could have even grabbed himself a goal which unluckily flew over the bar.

 

Reece James -6

Had a relatively quiet game but didn’t make any obvious errors in his play.

 

Lynden Gooch – 5

Played in a central role put didn’t look comfortable at all. Some sloppy errors in his game which could have led to a potential counter attack.

 

Grant Leadbitter – 7

Dictated everything that was happening. Always wanted the ball and was constantly looking for that killer ball. Looks like a real leader.

 

George Honeyman – 5

Not his best game in a red and white shirt. Very cagey on the ball at times.

 

Duncan Watmore – 7

Saw glimpses of what he’s really capable of. Getting in players faces and was putting some good crosses into the box which left their defenders scrambled.

 

Will Grigg – 4

A debut to forget for the marquee signing. Two glaring chances wasted which ultimately cost Sunderland three points. Did show signs that he can be a danger by getting in the right positions, though.

 

Aiden McGeady – 5

Wasn’t up to it yesterday. A disappointing display from someone who Sunderland fans have become accustomed to as a real threat.

 

SUBS:

 

Charlie Wyke – 6

Much better from the big target man. Offered Sunderland something different when he came on.

 

Lewis Morgan – 6

Looked very confident with the ball which caused Sunderland to be much brighter.

 

Tom Flanagan – 6

Replaced James for the final 15 minutes. Found himself playing more as a winger because of how high Sunderland were pressing.