Sunderland 1 – 1 Everton
Pantilimon – 8
Outstanding. He might have done better for their goal, but other than that, he was brilliant. Definitely deserves to keep his place in the side. Particularly impressive against Lukaku in a 1-on-1.
Vergini – 6
Not a stand out performance from Vergini, although he was again pushed out from his centre-back position given the injuries to van Aanholt and Jones. Seemed to deal pretty well with everything that was thrown at him.
O’Shea – 6
Solid. Nothing special but kept a clean sheet from open play.
Brown – 6
See O’Shea. –and almost won it at the end—Ed
Reveillere – 7
Got forward quite often, which was nice to see. Seems like quite an astute addition to the squad. Kept McGeady quiet.
Larsson – 8
I’m far from Larsson’s biggest fan but his free kick today was world class and he seemed very good at harrying the ball down and applying pressure. Impressive.
Bridcutt – 7
Did well. Nothing spectacular and had a few wayward shots, but other than that, did a good job of replacing Cattermole. Was a bit fortunate not to be responsible for a Lukaku goal, though.
Gomez – 7
Could well have seen himself sent off at some point, but was impressive otherwise.
Johnson – 6
I’m a big fan of Johnson but he seemed quite quiet today. Offered little in attack.
Wickham – 7
Aside from the penalty, I thought Wickham was very good today. Easily the most threatening of all of our attackers. Eyebrow raised—Ed
Fletcher – 6
It was hoped that he’d build on his performance at Palace, but Fletcher was ineffectual today. Should have got on the end of a Buckley cross towards the end of the match.
Buckley – 8
An attacking masterclass. Direct, fast and with a great final ball.
Rodwell – 6
Pretty quiet, was only on the pitch for ten minutes.