Hull City sat atop of the league table and in prime position for promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking but it was up to the Black Cats to stall that promotion party for another few days at least.
We started well and just like most of our recent performances, we looked controlled in possession and in control of large parts of the game. We took the lead on both occasions throughout the game but as is the story of our recent games, poor defending cost us the 3 points in the end.
We asked you to vote on the ratings of the Sunderland team, so let’s have a look at what you, the supporters, thought.
Lee Burge – 6.1
Comment of the day: “Couple of good saves” - Coachees
It was back to basics from the Sunderland number one as he made some crucial saves throughout the night including a marvellous save from a set piece in the first half. He was let down massively on a few occasions by those in front of him and on two occasions it cost us the lead.
Bailey Wright – 4.6
COTD: “Not commanding enough” - Lance
Incredibly poor performance tonight from such an experienced centre half and Bailey looks a far cry away from the composed, dominating defender that we know. His return from injury should obviously be considered in to his performance but the lack of strength and positional knowhow to deal with Magennis lead to Sunderland’s downfall.
Luke O’Nien – 6
COTD: “More assured than his experienced partner” - Alfa
Unlike his partner at centre half, Luke looked composed throughout the game and looked as if he was the natural in the position, he was subsequently let down mostly by those around him tonight.
Max Power – 5.6
COTD: “Tried hard but limited” – Baxter58
Not a bad performance from Power as he huffed and puffed without much reward in the end.
Calum McFadzean – 1.7
COTD: “Awful” – Mr Wok
If we didn’t have much to say about Max Power then we’ll have plenty to say about this man. Just not good enough, nowhere near good enough and has cost us on countless occasions this season. Last night was a culmination of the half arsed recruitment in the previous ownership and a summary of the fortunes deserved for the football club this season because of it.
Carl Winchester – 5.4
COTD: “Tidy and mobile” - MallySAFC
Offered a lot of mobility around the park and constantly looked to give and go to get Sunderland working up the field. He was a pivotal cog in all the positives of Sunderland’s play but fell away when we lacked command in the game.
Grant Leadbitter – 6.5
COTD: “Pity he isn’t 5 years younger” – Dave from Durham
A goal from the penalty spot for Leadbitter was a cherry on top of a positive performance as he controlled the possession for his teammates and brought composure to those around him. As expected, he struggled in the second half as the opposition got a foot in the game.
Josh Scowen – 6
COTD: “Industrious” - Cosh
The midfield three were generally bright and positive throughout the game and Scowen contributed well. The final product that we have yet to really see from him is still yet to materialise but he kept Hull’s midfield on their toes for much of the game.
Lynden Gooch – 6.8
COTD: “Best game for a long while” – Eternal Hope
Great performance from Gooch tonight and it feels as if it has been far too long since we’ve been able to say that. With McGeady out of the game due to injury, it was up to another member of the squad to take the game by the scruff of the neck and Gooch took on the task brilliantly in the first half. A delightful assist for Jordan Jones capped off a good performance.
Jordan Jones – 6.8
COTD: “Took his goal well” – Alan Foal
Bright and busy whilst willing to take on the opposition defenders when possible, it was a much better performance from Jones than we had seen in previous outings. His goal was very well taken and was unlucky not to score on a few other occasions.
Charlie Wyke – 5.7
COTD: “No real opportunities” - Anonymous
Quiet night for Wyke and whilst the goals seem to have well and truly dried up for the Sunderland forward, so has the service that he was so incredibly potent from for a large part of the season. Hopefully Johnson can figure out how to get the big man firing again for the remaining games.
Lee Johnson (Head Coach) – 5
COTD: “Failed to act when we were constantly being beaten down the left” - Anonymous
The run of defeats came to an end with a draw, it wasn’t the win that we’d all hoped for but that wasn’t without the opportunity of taking the three points being spurned by the woodwork and another couple of missed chances. Johnson set up the team well and we looked positive for the most part, however, obvious criticism will be left at his door for not making the decision to deal with the problem we were suffering with on the left-hand side of defence. To be fair, it’s a problem we’ve been suffering with all season.