7 Ruiter: Hardly tested until the late stages when he made some important saves from close range. Crucial clean sheet.

7 Jones: Some good threatening runs causing havoc in the Hull midfield. A head injury cut short his afternoon.

6 Browning: Solid defensively and helped in limiting the Hull threat in front of goal.

7 O’Shea: Vital last minute challenges. Great way to mark his 200th Sunderland appearance.

7 Clarke-Salter: Proving he is a great addition to the squad and already making his mark in the defence.

8 Oviedo: Looked threatening going forward and a crucial goal line clearance ensured all three points

7 Cattermole: Doing what he does best and allowed Sunderland to win the midfield battle more often than not.

8 E ROBSON: Great debut for the youngster, hurrying Hull midfielders and looked well suited to the Championship. Could be a fan favourite.

7: Honeyman: Played the perfect ball to Asoro to give the game its only goal

8: Asoro: Scored the crucial winner. Performance only marred by a yellow card for diving

7: Maja: Another youngster putting in a solid performance in an important game


6 Matthews (for Jones, 34) Not as effective going forward as the man he replaced, but solid enough defensively

Gooch (for Maja, 87)

(not used): Steele (gk), Love, Galloway, McGeady, McManaman

HULL CITY (4-5-1):

McGREGOR 7, Aina 5, Hector 5, Dawson 4, Tomoro 5, Evandro 6 (Dicko, 78), Meyler 6, Toral 5 (Irvine, 68, 5), Larsson 6, Campbell 5(Keane, 75), Bowen

Subs (not used): Marshall (gk) , Henriksen, Mazuch, Clark

Man of the Match: ETHAN ROBSON – A great first league start for the 21-year-old. Was busy in midfielder, pressurised the opposition, and showcased the fighting spirit Sunderland have been desperately lacking.