We are running a little to stand still here. But in an effort to catch up, here is a quick posting of Keir Bradwell‘s man-by-man SAFC ratings. Rob Hutchison‘s one-worders, and his more measured account of the game, will follow when we can get to them. Who would have been the Spurs man of the match: Danny Rose maybe. Monsieur Salut would have given the BBC Radio Newcastle commentator Nick Barnes eight out of 10 just for nearly referring to a Sunderland striker called Daniel Defoe – author of both Robinson Crusoe and The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders …
Tottenham 2 – 1 Sunderland: Player Ratings
Better. As are these ratings, which are on time for probably the first time ever. I’m proud of me (sorry we couldn’t be quicker in getting them up! – Ed. The quality of the ratings themselves, however, is still very much up for debate.
Pantilimon – 8
Made quite a few fantastic saves, and went up for a corner (thoroughly unsuccessfully). Solid all-round.
Jones – 7
Terry Butcher had a decent game down our right side, keeping Tottenham out as best he could throughout. Looks a million times better on his natural side.
O’Shea – 6
Had an unfortunate nightmare for their opener, but otherwise impressed.
Brown – 5
Seemed less assured than O’Shea (as usual) and relied on van Aanholt numerous times to clear.
Vergini – 6
Decent. There’s little to say about him today, but the fact he didn’t stand out is far from a bad thing.
van Aanholt – 8
Brilliant. Our best defensive player on the day and willing to contribute in attack too.
Larsson – 8
Scored an absolute wonder goal. Make him captain.
Rodwell – 6
Overshadowed by Larsson in midfield but hugely more influential than Gomez. Consistently good passing throughout.
Johnson – 7
Was unlucky not to score with a worldy shot that bounced into the path of Graham’s incapable boots. Quality.
Fletcher – 3
Needs to hit the doughnuts again, it worked last time. Missed a sitter, which should come at no surprise on the basis that nobody has ever scored one. Worse at passing than Gomez.
Defoe – 6
Offside literally (ask your English teacher about this word! – Ed) all of the time, but aided the team shape hugely. Quick, too. Not up to speed yet. The stats say he’s got a worse goal-per-game rate for us than Jozy. Just saying. 🙂
Wickham – 6
Much better than Fletcher when he came on, should start alongside Defoe next week.
Graham – 2.5
This is getting ridiculous.
Buckley – 5
Not on for long enough to make an impact.