Our youngest columnist by some margin, Keir Bradwell, quickly follows Pete Sixsmith back into action with the return of his man-by-man SAFC player ratings. You are at liberty to disagree …
West Brom 2 – 2 Sunderland: Player Ratings
Mannone – 6
Not at fault for the first goal, but wasn’t particularly commanding, nor much of a presence in the area. Not at his best, though I’m still very pleased he got the nod over Pantilimon in goal, something he deserved off the back of an excellent season last year.
Brown – 5
Moved out to right-back, Brown coped well with most things thrown at him, although wasn’t particularly inspiring. Popular with some but to me he was quite slow and offered nothing in attack.
O’Shea – 5
Did okay. Not exactly a huge presence but, on the whole, dealt with West Brom’s often lacklustre attack reasonably well.
Roberge – 4
Made the brainless decision to pull Anichebe’s shirt and hold him back – no matter how lightly – and thus gave away the penalty that got them back into the game. To be fair to him, he was thrown into this at extremely short notice, so it could’ve been more difficult to adjust to the game compared to the others.
Van Aanholt – 3
Bizarrely popular on Twitter, the “Dutch Dossena” was caught out of position constantly, completely at fault for their second goal and offered little going forward. Looked extremely weak on the ball, too. Occasionally did well, and created the second goal, but the worst player on the pitch for me.
Cattermole – 8
Scored a wonder-goal, often got hold of the ball and pushed it up-field when the others were too scared to get involved. A highly impressive performance from Catts, although we missed the long balls he pinged out wide last season. Not perfect, but the pick of the midfield.
Rodwell – 6
Was a bit disappointed, to be honest. I expected a lot more from our new signing, yet he was the worst of our midfield three, and subbed off for Gomez in the second half. Not terrible, far from it, but failed to make any sort of real impact.
Larsson – 7
Scored the goal that salvaged a point from the game, and his delivery from free-kicks was a lot better than it had been for a while. Seems to have carried on the form he had at the end of last season, today.
Johnson – 5
Produced nothing at all. Good in possession but had no final ball or goal scoring threat. Part of the reason that we looked so dire in attack for long spells of the game.
Fletcher – 6
The most dangerous of the strikers, scored a goal, although it was later disallowed. The only real threat up front, but was still off the pace for a lot of the time too, and was often slow or wasteful.
Wickham – 4
Poor. Huge physical presence, but did absolutely nothing all game. Perhaps he should be moved centrally, if Buckley is fully fit next week. Was great in pre-season but failed to follow those performances up with a goal or assist today.
Gomez – 5
All three substitutes came on late in the game, so there was little time for them to shine. Even so, Gomez did reasonably well without making much of a meaningful contribution.
Buckley – 6
Had even less time than Gomez to impress but made the most of it. Good in possession and won the ball a few times.
Altidore – 5
Can’t really judge a player on 10 minutes of football, but he did well when he had the ball.
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