If you thought Rob Hutchison was harsh with his one-word verdicts and low player ratings after the shambles of last night, prepare to reconsider. Rob was positively benign compared with Keir Bradwell, who cannot bring himself to award higher than an average of 3/10 for the starting 11.
Keir uses that infamous defeat at Norwich City last season as the benchmark for Sunderland awfulness. I am sure we can all come up with other contenders (including a few from this season, Southampton (a), Fulham (h) among them).
Pantilimon – 6
Did pretty well on everything he had a chance with.
Reveillere – 4
More invisible than Will Buckley.
Vergini – 3
Weak, slow and all over the place distributing it out.
O’Shea – 4
Like Vergini, but slightly better.
Van Aanholt – 3
Hit an embarrassingly bad shot in the first half, and hit woeful deliveries in the box afterwards instead.
Bridcutt – 2
At fault entirely for their first, extremely weak and pathetic when challenging in the air.
Gomez – 2
Couldn’t put two good passes together in all of the first half. Rightly subbed off for Alvarez at half-time, the only thing Gus got right all game.
Larsson – 2
Appalling. Probably the most disappointing performance of the lot, and Larsson’s most wasteful so far in red and white.
Johnson – 3
At least he tried, right? Captain Slow.
Wickham – 4
Surprisingly weak for a player of his size. Weak, at least, today, but unlucky not to score.
Defoe – 2
Woeful. Hope this helps.
Alvarez – 7
Yet again, the prime creator in our side and the only one who looked even vaguely threatening in the second half. Has pace and a good shot.
Fletcher – 2
Might as well just have taken Wickham off with no replacement, such was the impact of Steven Fletcher’s cameo.
(Keir overlooked Brown, perhaps unable to forgive his unimpressive record in the two Norwich games last season – Ed)