SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats’ entertaining 1-1 draw against Everton today.
Pantilimon 7 – Solid again and made an excellent save to deny Lukaku when he was clean through on goal. Will have been disappointed that Baines was able to squeeze penalty under him.
Vergini 7 – Coped well in combating the duel threats of Barkley drifting inside and Baines overlapping down the left flank.
O’Shea 7 – Stuck tight to Lukaku, with the Belgian given precious few opportunities to turn and run at the Sunderland defence.
Brown 7 – Showed a welcome return to confidence after the problems of his previous three outings. Almost won it in stoppage time.
Reveillere 7 – Built on his impressive debut at Crystal Palace. Solid defensively against McGeady, just struggled to make the most of a couple of perfectly-weighted passes inside the full-back.
Bridcutt 8 – Needed to make the most of a rare outing and did so, with arguably his most accomplished display since his debut. Only blemish was a poor back pass when he was rescued by Pantilimon.
LARSSON 8 – First goal direct from a free-kick in the Premier League since Martin O’Neill’s first game in charge was just rewards for a non-stop display.
Gomez 7 – Perhaps fortunate to escape a second yellow card for going to ground theatrically, but played several telling passes in behind the Everton back-line. (Rodwell 6 - Back involved after shaking off his calf strain, bust struggled to make an impression against his former club )
Johnson 6 – Boos from the home crowd following the decision to take him off. Worked hard, but had scant opportunities to run at the Everton back line (Buckley 7 - Won the free-kick which saw Larsson open the scoring and almost set up a second for Fletcher)
Wickham 7 – Looked far hungrier than in previous games and went close with an early header. Perhaps fortunate to stay on the pitch though after conceding equalising penalty.
Fletcher 6 – Couple of nice passes and crosses, but given no genuine chances to continue his scoring run.
EVERTON: Howard 6, Coleman 7, Distin 7, Jagielka 7, Baines 7, Barry 6 (Gibson 7), McCarthy 7, Barkley 8, McGeady 7 (Naismith 7), Lukaku 6, Eto’o 8.