Sunderland 1 Hull 3 - Player ratings

Adam Johnson in action for Sunderland against Hull City. Picture by FRANK REID

Adam Johnson in action for Sunderland against Hull City. Picture by FRANK REID

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SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats’ defeat to Hull City today.

Pantilimon 6 - Caught out by bounce for the equaliser and then beaten at near post for Hull’s second.

Vergini 5 - Only passed a fitness test just before kick-off and it showed, albeit he was denied by a smart save from McGregor on stroke of half-time. (Buckley 6 - Made little impact in unfamiliar right-back role)

O’Shea 6 - Backed off Ramirez for the equaliser and let down by poor distribution in the second half.

Coates 5 - Distribution was awful in the second half as he repeatedly lumped harmless balls forward.

Jones 6 - Didn’t look particularly rusty after more than two months on the sidelines and supported Johnson well in the first half.

Cattermole 6 - Unable to exert any sense of control in the middle of the park and frustration got the better of him.

Larsson 6 - Bright in the first half, but the disease of sloppy giveaways proved to be contagious in the second half.

Gomez 6 - Uncharacteristically sloppy in possession and unable to get Sunderland’s passing game going in a dire second half. (Giaccherini 5 - Didn’t look anywhere near match-fit and was too easily picked off by Hull’s physical midfield).

JOHNSON 7 - Best player on the pitch in the first half, but given no service whatsoever to get in behind Hull after the break.

Alvarez 6 - Couple of flashes, but didn’t offer Sunderland the creative threat which had been hoped for. (Altidore 5 - Unable to make any impact against his former club).

Fletcher 6 - Looked sharp in the first half, but was limited by the abysmal service after the break.

HULL: McGregor 7, Chester 7, Bruce 6, Davies 6, Elmohamady 7, Rosenior 6, Meyler 7, Quinn 6, Ramirez 7 (Sagbo 6), Brady 6, Aluko 7.