How did the players fare as Sunderland made it to the League One play-off final?


SHEFF WED (3-4-1-2):

Peacock-Farrell 6; Storey 6, Dean 7, Hutchinson 7 (Palmer 70, 5); Hunt 6 (Mendez-Laing 70, 5), Byers 6 (Berahino 90), Luongo 6, Johnson 8; BANNAN 8; Windass 5 (Paterson 78), Gregory 6.

Subs (not used): Wildsmith (gk), Kamberi, Dunkley.

SUNDERLAND (4-2-3-1):

7 Patterson: Made a number of crucial catches and dealt with a series of back-passes that placed him under pressure

7 Gooch: Was asked to play a defensive role in the last two matches, and responded well again despite the efforts of Johnson

8 Wright: Made two crucial early blocks that set the tone for Sunderland’s performance – a key player in both legs

8 Batth: Has made a massive difference in the last month or so and delivered again, dominating the Wednesday attackers in the air

7 Cirkin: Shut off the supply line from the Sheffield Wednesday right, although his attacking forays were limited

8 Evans: A key performer as he mopped up everything in front of Sunderland’s back four – no wonder Neil values him so highly

6 O’Nien: Wasn’t a night for surging forward runs, so stuck to his task defensively and covered a lot of ground

7 Roberts: Kept on trying to get into the area, and his persistence was rewarded as he popped up to score Sunderland’s equaliser

6 Pritchard: Tried to pull the strings from the heart of midfield, and while his influence might have been fairly limited, he kept on plugging away

8 CLARKE: Spearheaded Sunderland’s attacking improvement in the second half and produced the run and cross that led to the goal

7 Stewart: Didn’t have a lot of opportunities, but pulled the Sheffield Wednesday defence here, there and everywhere, and held on to the ball well


Broadhead (for Roberts, 90)

Matete (for Pritchard, 90)

Doyle (for Clarke, 90)

(not used): Hoffmann (gk), Hume, Neil, Embleton.

Man Of The Match: JACK CLARKE – The Sunderland winger had the bravery to get on the ball and try to make something happen. His stoppage-time cross proved decisive.