Nic Wiseman writes: Keir Bradwell is impressed with the two-pronged attack which saw our two strikers score for the first time this season. I personally feel the midfield is deserving of higher scores, particularly Gomez who delivered the cross for Fletcher’s first goal. These are Keir’s opinions and he’s quite capable of sticking up for them…
Sunderland 3 – 1 Stoke: Player Ratings
Well that was great.
Mannone – 7
Did well with everything he had to deal with, and wasn’t at fault for the goal. Good performance all-round, although he needs to work on his distribution.
Jones – 6
Good going forward, and made quite a few interceptions. Caught out of position on a few occasions in defence, but generally gave a good account of himself. We benefit hugely having an attacking fullback down the right.
Vergini – 8
Brilliant all-round. Saved us several times after our midfield let Adam and co through time and time again. His best performance for a while.
O’Shea – 6
van Aanholt – 9
Phenomenal. Had an outstanding game at left-back, comfortably his best for us so far and came very, very close to being my man of the match.
Larsson – 4
He’s only getting a four because we won and I’m chuffed to bits, plus you’d all have slaughtered me in the comments had I given him less. His passing was sloppy, he was reluctant to close anyone down (in fairness, I think this might be Poyet telling everyone to stick to their positions religiously) and seemed very slow. I’ve been a fan of him in previous games but today he was poor.
Gomez – 4
See Larsson. We never, ever pressed Stoke, at all, and Larsson and Gomez were, unfortunately, at fault. They both seemed very afraid to make a tackle. (even an assist for the second goal can’t move young Keir—Ed)
Cattermole – 6
Far from his best game this season, although we managed to battle on regardless. As with the rest of his midfield, he seemed reluctant to slide in for the ball as he has done in previous weeks.
Buckley – 7
A standard Buckley performance, really. Quick, with decent crossing and skill to beat his man. Can’t complain about any of that!
Fletcher – 10
Two goals and an assist. Need I say any more?
Wickham – 9
Basically Fletcher, but with less doughnuts and less goals. The pair of them did us proud today.
Johnson – 6
Created a few chances and gave us some momentum in attack. Didn’t make a huge impact but decent nonetheless.
Bridcutt – 5
Rodwell – 6
Missed a sitter, which directly allowed Fletcher to get his second. Other than that, did pretty well in the 20 minutes he had on the pitch.