Sunderland 2 Leicester City 1: Match ratings, Defoe on mark again in vital win

Duncan Watmore fires in a shot. Picture by FRANK REID
Duncan Watmore fires in a shot. Picture by FRANK REID
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MATCH RATINGS

SUNDERLAND 4-3-3
Jordan Pickford: Superb late save from Morgan after relatively quiet afternoon. Beat out a shot from Albrighton in first half. 6
Billy Jones: Got forward to support attack and did it well. 6
Papy Djilobodji: Recalled for John O'Shea and justified his gaffer's selection, vital second-half block from Slimani. Excellent distrubtion. 7
Lamine Kone: Looked strong and confident, building on a fine display at Anfield last week. 7
Patrick van Aanholt: Involved in much of the attacking forays and was denied stonewall pen after Simpson's trip. 7
Jason Denayer: Looked at home in his midfield slot but was a half-time withdrawal. 6
Didier Ndong: Gave the ball away a couple of times but continued his good form from Liverpool. 6
Steven Pienaar: At the heart of much of Sunderland's best pressure in first half only to be hurt in a collision with Albrighton at end. 7
Duncan Watmore: Had first-half shot blocked and lively again, his blocked 77th-minute shot setting up Defoe's goal. Sad to see him stretchered off late on. 7
Jermain Defoe: Fluffed a decent first-half chance from an Anichebe ball but tucked away eighth of season and PL goal 151 with aplomb. 7
Victor Anichebe: Continued his superb form up front. Fired wide from his best opening, but excellent link-up play as proved by set-up for Defoe goal. 8

Subs
Jan Kirchhoff (for Denayer 46) had a hand, or should that be a head, in Sunderland's goal, not a great header but goes in off Huth. Cool in midfield. 7
Seb Larsson (for Pienaar 46) sent over corner for Sunderland's first goal and was busy in middle. 6
Javier Manquillo (for Watmore 84) came on late for unlucky Watmore. N/A

Unused subs: Vito Mannone, John O'Shea, Wahbi Khazri, Adnan Januzaj
Goals: Huth (OG) 64, Defoe 77
Booked: van Aanholt 68, Larsson 72, Djilobodji 78

LEICESTER 4-4-2
Zieler 6
Simpson 6
Morgan 6
Huth 5
Fuchs 6
Mahrez 6 (Gray 73, )
Amartey 6
King 6
Albrighten 6 (Musa 73, 6)
Slimani 6 (Okazaki 68, 6)
Vardy 6

Unused subs: Hamer, Hernandez, Schlupp, Mendy
Goals: Okazakin 80
Booked: Fuchs 81

Referee: Andre Marriner: Failed to award clear pen and booked a few Cats. 5
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