Player ratings - Sunderland 2 Burnley 0

Anthony Reveillere.
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SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats secured a much-needed boost with their first Premier League victory at the Stadium of Light since October.

Pantilimon 6 - Couple of important takes from crosses, but largely limited to a spectator role, with Burnley posing a minimal threat.

Reveillere 8 - Justified Poyet’s decision to pick him ahead of Billy Jones, with a superbly composed defensive display and a pinpoint cross for Connor Wickham’s opener.

O’Shea 7 - Made in-demand Danny Ings look distinctly ordinary by keeping tight to the Burnley striker, before he was hauled off with 30 minutes to go.

Vergini 7 ­- Best display in a couple of months. Looks far more competent and confident at centre-half alongside O’Shea.

VAN AANHOLT 8 - Burnley didn’t and couldn’t track his constant bursts forward. Made Defoe’s goal and could easily have had a hand in several more after regularly reaching the by-line.

Bridcutt 6 - Did the dirty work well in preventing Burnley building any sort of momentum.

Larsson 7 - Covered acres of ground in the second half as Sunderland saw the game through to its conclusion, and persistently broke up play.

Gomez 6 - Lovely ball over the top in the build-up to Sunderland’s second and was tidy.

Johnson 7 - Makes a big difference to Sunderland’s attacking threat at the moment and put Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier on the back foot.

Wickham 8 - Tucked inside more than earlier in the season and it worked well as a foil for Defoe. Headed home his fourth of the season and produced several strong runs. (Graham 7 - Couple of strong runs in the closing stages)

Defoe 8 - Off the mark in Sunderland colours with a typical poacher’s goal and could easily have had another. (Fletcher 6 - Never really got into the game).

BURNLEY Heaton 6, Trippier 6, Shackell 6, Keane 6, Mee 6, Jones 6, Marney 5, Arfield 5, Boyd 6 (Wallace 7), Ings 5 (Jutkiewicz 6), Barnes 6 (Vokes 6).