"Ran down a lot of blind alleys", "Infectious grafter" - Sunderland fans with mixed reviews of players in Charlton draw

I struggle to think for myself, so once again lets review our reader comments from the Charlton game. Join in tomorrow for the mag under 21 game.

by GMac88 Monday, 07 January 2019 01:17 PM Comments

Man of the Match - Luke O'Nien (7.9)

Everyone's favourite Sunderland player put in yet another man of the match performance at right back, this included scoring a spectacular volley. I think O'Nien's performances have made sure he will stay in the Sunderland starting eleven for the remainder of the season (or at least, he should!). The only question which hangs over him is whether right back is his new position, or are we waiting for the return of Adam Matthews to move him into midfield? I'm starting to think the former...

Anyway, your comments were typically full of praise for a lad impossible to fault right now;

 

Scored an absolute screamer of a volley of a goal. Love this lad's attitude! Is prepared to give 100% in every game. In his interviews, he shows that he loves to play for Sunderland football club! His attitude is fantastic!! - Clive Lee

 

Another MoM performance from the infectious grafter - My Garden Shed

 

Second place - John McLaughlin (7.00)

Some argue our signing of the season so far, McLaughlin probably walked off the pitch thinking he and his defence had earned a clean sheet. The goal was unfortunate, a massive deflection and one which gave him no opportunity to react. However, he pulled off a big save in the second half and was typically confident throughout.

There have been one or two grumbles in recent games, even an anonymous comment left describing him as "shaky" on Saturday. I don't think we have anything to worry about. That said, we also had an anonymous comment describing him as "outstanding" - contrasting opinions right there!

 

Last place - Lynden Gooch (5.5)

We've been here before, and I've said the same things too. Gooch does something great or something extremely poor, and not much inbetween, and as the season goes on defenders look to have him sussed out. He needs to change things up a bit and make better decisions, as Dale Robson pointed out he "ran down a lot of blind alleys not great".

He's got talent, we know this. But if League One defenders can "shut down his effect" most weeks as pointed out by H, he needs to be doing much better.

Overall your ratings suggested this was yet another average performance from Sunderland, though the point is handy enough. Here are the rest of the ratings;

Dylan McGeouch (6.5), Tom Flanagan (6.3), Jack Baldwin (6.1), Charlie Wyke (6.00), Reece James (5.9), Max Power (5.8), Josh Maja (5.8), Aiden McGeady (5.8).