Sunderland 1 Watford 0: Match ratings, van Aanholt takes Cats off bottom

Patrick van Aanholt scores his third goal of the season. Picture by FRANK REID

Patrick van Aanholt scores his third goal of the season. Picture by FRANK REID

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MATCH RATINGS

SUNDERLAND 4-2-3-1

Jordan Pickford: Great early save from Amrabat and two vital late stops and collects. 6

Donald Love: Carried on well in right-back spot for the injured Jones and did well before being subbed late on. 6

Lamine Koné: Good display in heart of the defence. 6

Papy Djilobodji: Like Kone, his partner won his tackles and made his interceptions. 6

Patrick van Aanholt: Great turn and shot for third goal of season and what a vital goal it may turn out to be. 7

Jason Denayer: Not just steady in front of back four, prompted several second-half attacks. Ended up right-back at the end. 6

Didier Ndong: Gifted Watford early opening but one great tackle on Zuniga. 6

Adnan Januzaj: Neat footwork in middle of park started move for first goal and grew in confidence as game wore on. Subbed with 10 to go. 6

Fabio Borini: Plenty of toil but little in way of concrete impact. 5

Victor Anichebe: The left man of the three behind Defoe, he was the best home outlet, running himself into the ground. Inches wide just after the hour. 6

Jermain Defoe: Very few opportunities but had assist for goal with good low cross into van Aanholt. 6

Subs

John O'Shea (for Januzaj 79): Wise head crucial in dying minutes N/A

Seb Larsson (for Love 87) N/A

Wahbi Khazri (for Borini 90) N/A

Unused Subs: Vito Mannone, Joel Asoro, Ethan Robson, George Honeyman

Goal: van Aanholt 49

Booked: Januzaj 36

Watford: Gomes 6, Kaboul 6 (Janmaat 78), Prödl 6 (Kabasele 31, 5), Britos 6, Holebas 6, Amrabat 7, Behrami 6, Capoue 6, Zuñiga 6 (Success 56, 6), Deeney 6, Ighalo 6

Unused Subs: Pantilimon, Cathcart, Guédioura, Sinclair

Booked: Behrami 45, Kaboul 75

Referee: Bobby Madley: Received a boo or 2,000. Bad decision for late Djilobodji 'handball'. 6

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