Keir Bradwell sends his apologies. He’s been busy of late but much better late than never are his ratings from Monday night, and it’s pleasing to see they’re mostly on the good side of five:
Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Sunderland: Player Ratings
Pantilimon – 7
Made a wonderful save right before Wes Brown donated a goal for Palace, at 1-0. Seemed massively more comfortable than at Stoke in the cup. Deserves to start against Everton based on this performance.
Reveillere – 7
Hugely reassuring performance from our new right back. Looked very solid and provided a few decent crosses into the box.
Vergini – 6
Could well have given away a penalty within the first minute, although seemed to do well after that, having to move to right back when van Aanholt went off injured.
O’Shea – 7
Improved as the game went on, part of the back four that – one moment of madness aside – kept a clean sheet.
van Aanholt – 6
Looked great going forward before he was subbed off in the first half due to injury.
Gomez – 8
Scored a beauty of a goal to give us the lead late on, and seemed to be our most creative midfielder throughout.
Larsson – 6
Fairly quiet, a few decent passes but that was pretty much it.
Cattermole – 6
Back to the performances of old? Cattermole seemed determined to get himself sent off, and managed to get suspended for Everton anyway. Other than that, did a good job defensively in front of the back four.
Buckley – 7
Not a huge Will Buckley fan, although he seemed on good form, creating quite a few chances of his own. Would still rather see Johnson in the side though at the moment.
Fletcher – 9
Brilliant. When he has the right service, there can be no doubt that Fletcher will score. An outstanding performance capped off with two well-taken goals.
Wickham – 6
Full of energy down that left hand side, but otherwise fairly quiet.
Brown – 3
Altidore – 5
Don’t think he did anything, but he was only on for a bit.
Bridcutt – 7
Great assist. Should start at Everton given Cattermole’s absence.
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