How did the players fare in Sunderland's 1-1 draw with Hull City?


3 Burge: Might well have been suffering the after-effects of his collision when he dropped Honeyman’s free-kick – but it was still a dreadful mistake

4 McLaughlin: Couldn’t get close enough to Wilks in the first half, and was replaced at half-time with Johnson revealing he has a hernia issue

6 Wright: Was the pick of Sunderland’s defenders, with the Black Cats improving markedly at the back in the second half

5 Sanderson: Looked more comfortable at centre-half than he had at left-back, although he lost Eaves on at least a couple of occasions

5 McFadzean: Returned to action after missing the Northampton game because of Covid and put in a solid enough shift on Sunderland’s left

6 Power: Looked better as a makeshift right-back in the second half than he had in his usual position of central midfield before the interval

6 Leadbitter: Put in his usual composed performance at the base of midfield, but needs players breaking ahead of him to pass to

4 Scowen: Repeatedly gave the ball away cheaply as his first touch deserted him – might well find his position under threat now Winchester has signed

8 DIAMOND: Sunderland’s best player by quite some distance yet again – stands out because of his energy and desire to take opponents on

6 Wyke: Put in a hard-working shift as the central striker, but wasted the best opportunity of the second half when he stabbed wide from close range

6 McGeady: Claimed his first goal for more than a year as he headed home Diamond’s cross – as Johnson rightly says, he needs to get himself into the middle more


6 Matthews (for Burge, 46): Was much more secure than the player he replaced and probably deserves another chance in the team

6 Gooch (for McLaughlin, 46): Made a difference after coming on at the interval – will surely find himself starting Sunderland’s next league game

Maguire (for Diamond, 76)

Graham (for Wyke, 76)

Embleton (for McGeady, 76)

(not used): Younger, O’Brien.

HULL (3-5-2)

Long 6; Jones 5 (Lewis-Potter 66, 5), Burke 7, Greaves 6; Emmanuel 5, Smallwood 6, Honeyman 6, Docherty 5, Fleming 6 (Elder 83); WILKS 8, Eaves 5 (Magennis 42, 5).

Subs (not used): Ingram (gk), Coyle, Slater, Mayer.

Man Of The Match: MALLIK WILKS – The Hull forward was involved in most of his side’s best moves, and caused Sunderland problems when he drifted out to the left flank.