Player Ratings: Collectively Impressive but One Blindingly Bright Performance

Eight draws in 13 games and none more deserving. Being the first team to stop Chelsea scoring epitomises how difficult Sunderland have become difficult to beat. A great all-round performance led by another swashbuckling display from Lee Cattermole.

by John_C Saturday, 29 November 2014 10:00 PM Comments
Eight draws in 13 games and none more deserving. Being the first team to stop Chelsea scoring epitomises how difficult Sunderland have become difficult to beat. A great all-round performance led by another swashbuckling display from Lee Cattermole.
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Costel Pantilimon – 7
Another assured and competent performance although he was shielded well by Sunderland's resilient defence that kept Chelsea at bay, forcing them to shoot from long distance.

Santiago Vergini – 7
Solid play from the Argentine filling in again at full back and having the difficult task of subduing Eden Hazard. It would have crowned his display if he hand managed to turn Cattermole's threaded pass into a goal instead of his shot bouncing off the bar when racing into the penalty area.

John O'Shea  – 8
Seemed to be in his prime and enjoying his tussle in keeping Diego Costa out of the game. Said it all when the Spaniard was eventually substituted without having an opportunity to score.

Wes Brown – 7
Back to a much more effective and accomplished Wes and his partnership with JOS. Pleasing to see no lapses in concentration that have led to such basic errors in recent games.

Anthony Reveilliere – 8
Has great positional sense that has made his signing such a coup. Managed to keep a lively Willan relatively quiet while often pressing forward himself despite his obvious lack of speed.

Lee Cattermole – 9 (MAN OF THE MATCH)

Showed again why he was voted the North-East player of the year with another buccaneering performance, breaking up Chelsea's attacks and displaying more astuteness with anticipating interceptions. Shined as the best player on the park.

Seb Larsson – 8
Becoming more effective in his role with tigerish displays even if his deliveries are not always what he became renowned for.

Jack Rodwell – 7
His break from starting seems to have done him some good. Still a long way to go to prove why Gus Poyet is putting faith in his potential, but much better.

Adam Johnson – 7

Showed more determination and did not disappear quite as much though not always as effective as he can be. Must be disappointed he did not score from one of his several of his half-chances.

Connor Wickham – 8
Bar Cattermole was probably Sunderland's most impressive player. Whether he was putting himself in the shop window or trying to prove he deserves a more lucrative contract extension, he put himself about in his best display out wide this season. Showed Branislav Ivanović he was in a game.

Steven Fletcher - 7
Was surprisingly substituted unless was carrying an injury or being saved for the flurry of games. Hassled John Terry and Gary Cahill all game whilst also carrying out his defensive duties in set pieces.

Jordi Gomez – 7
Slotted in fairly well when he came on in helping to set up several attacks despite not quite being the player making the grade in a higher league.

Jozy Altidore – 7
Had a good 30 minutes to produce his best performance from the bench. Showed much more effort presumably more for scouts in the stand. Perhaps even indications for the first time that he may be able to actually learn to ply his trade in the Premiership though still grave reservations.
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