After being silenced by family commitments – and perhaps a spot of homework from school – young Keir Bradwell returns belatedly to action with his Sunderland ratings from the West Ham game (sorry Hammers, our players only; if I were marking yours, Song would be the star man, followed by Downing – Ed). Compare and contrast with the considered verdict of Pete Sixsmith, and the one-word ratings of Rob Hutchison …
Rob Hutchison is a glass half-full kind of man. But he struggled to find much reason to applaud what he saw from the Sunderland side’s uneven contest with the aristos of Man City. Lee Cattermole got closest to a good rating but even his 6/10 reflects a display way short of what he’d produced against Chelsea …
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.
Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell‘s “after Len Shackleton” device for his ratings from Southampton – a blank page – divided opinion. This week normal business is restored. I would not quarrel with most of it, save that Larsson’s industry merited a high mark and Wickham was, in truth, no better served than Fletcher …
Monsieur Salut writes: Keir Bradwell got it the neck here when plonking a 10/10 on Jozy Altidore after the low-scoring American produced a 20-goals-a-season strike against Stoke City. I detected irony but Keir, busy preparing for his 14th birthday tomorrow, hasn’t let on. Happy birthday, old man. Your ratings will never please everyone but nor would anyone else’s. I liked Alvarez, too. I also thought Cattermole had another good game and that Buckley and Jones showed a fair amount of style. So you got at least some of it right according to my own subjective assessment. Apologies to Swansea supporters; Keir’s brief is to mark our players, not yours …
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