Stoke City 2 Sunderland 0: Match ratings, not much to cheer for great SAFC fans

Wilfried Bony gets away bfrom Pap Djilobodji. Picture by FRANK REID
Wilfried Bony gets away bfrom Pap Djilobodji. Picture by FRANK REID
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MATCH RATINGS

SUNDERLAND (4-5-1)

Jordan Pickford: Two top drawer saves and seemed unsighted by crucial second home goal. 6

Javier Manquillo: Didn't get close enough to Arnautovic for first home goal and miskicked a good late shooting chance. 6

John O'Shea: Continued where he left off against West Brom and brought calming influence to the defence. 6

Papy Djiolobodji: Good start with great early ball up to Defoe and was quick into his tackles against Bony and good block denied Allen a hat-trick. 6

Patrick van Aanholt: Conceded defeat to injury after a couple of knocks. 5

Paddy McNair: Decent game in middle, involved in one of best moves in first half, but made way for Pienaar in second period. 6

Jack Rodwell: Steady just in front of back four and got forward a few times, but failed to threaten and was hauled off 15 minutes from time. 6

Didier Ndong: Bright at times in middle but caught out standing off Allen for second goal. 6

Duncan Watmore: Tried to inject pace and involved in one of best moves of second half with Jones and Defoe but faded. 6

Jermain Defoe: Had a shot blocked by Shawcross and went just over with another. Sunderland's chief threat again. 7

Wahbi Khazri: Loads of perspiration and did his best to inspire Sunderland and brought a rare save from Lee Grant from second-half free-kick. 7

Subs

Billy Jones (for van Aanholt 40): Vital early block and involved in one of best moves of second half. 6

Steven Pienaar (for McNair 55): Saw little of him. 5

Victor Anichebe (for Rodwell 81): Conceded foul in his first involvement but then put himself about. N/A

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Unused subs: Mika, Donald Love, Lynden Gooch, Joel Asoro,

Booked: Jones 90

STOKE CITY (4-2-3-1)

Grant 6

Bardsley 6 (Adam 64, 6)

Shawcross 7

Martins Indi 6

Pieters 6

Cameron 7

Whelan 7

Shaqiri 6

Allen 8 (Muniesa 75, 6)

Arnautovic 7

Bony 6 (Walters 76, 6)

Unused subs: Given, Diouf, Crouch, Bojan

Goals: Allen 8, 45

Booked: Arnautovic 55

Referee: Mike Jones. kept his cards in his pocket (by and large). 6

Att: 27,701 (away 2913)