Sunderland 1 West Ham 1 - Player ratings

Seb Larsson in action for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID
Seb Larsson in action for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID
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SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after a 10th draw of the season for the Black Cats.

Pantilimon 7 - Produced two superb stops from West Ham’s marauding full-backs; denying Jenkinson in the first half and Cresswell in the second. Had no chance with the equaliser.

Vergini 5 - Very inconsistent in his delivery going forwards. Perhaps the return to fitness of Jones has come at an opportune moment.

O’Shea 7 - Largely handled Carroll well, while keeping an eye on the second balls dropping in the vicinity of Nolan.

Brown 7 - Looked far more like his old self over the last couple of games. Was defensively assured against an in-form attack.

Reveillere 6 - Fortunate to get away with early error when Pantilimon saved Jenkinson’s volley, but was defensively decent against dangerman Sakho.

Cattermole 6 - Couple of nice passes, but couldn’t exert the same kind of influence in midfield as opposite number Song.

LARSSON 8 - Complemented his graft with attacking threat, as West Ham struggled to track his runs from midfield. Would have had an assist, but for Altidore’s awful miss.

Gomez 7 - Calmly converted Sunderland’s first penalty of the season and kept the ball moving, despite fading in the latter stages.

Johnson 7 - Sunderland’s biggest attacking threat in the first half, despite close attentions of visiting defenders. Went to ground easily for penalty, but there was a nudge from Tomkins. (Alvarez 6 - Full of trickery, but marked very tightly which restricted his threat).

Wickham 7 - Unlucky to be denied by a wonderful finger-tip parry from Adrian. Still hesitates too often when there is a chance to shoot first-time.

Altidore 5 - Was performing well until that horrifying miss on the stroke of half-time marred his afternoon’s work. (Fletcher 6 - Couple of neat touches and laid off late chance for Wickham which was kept out by Adrian).

WEST HAM: Adrian 8, Jenkinson 8, Cresswell 7, Reid 7, Tomkins 6, Kouyate 7, Song 8, Nolan 6 (Valencia 6), Downing 8, Carroll 7, Sakho 6.