Norwich City 0 Sunderland 3: Huge win for the Black Cats but who scooped man of the match?

Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Duncan Watmore scored the goals as Sunderland's survival hopes were given a major boost at Norwich City.

Saturday, 16th April 2016, 1:49 pm
Updated Saturday, 16th April 2016, 1:57 pm
Jermain Defoe celebrates his goal at Norwich

The 3-0 win at Carrow Road has pulled Sunderland to within a point of the Canaries and Sam Allardyce's side have a game in hand.

But who scooped the man of the match award? Richard Mennear gives his player ratings below:

Sunderland: (4-1-4-1):

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Vito Mannone: Solid first half, making some routine but important stops. Norwich carried much more threat second half but Mannone commanded his area....7

DeAndre Yedlin: Too many poor passes, losing possession far too easily. Defended well enough though.....7

Lamine Kone: Had his work cut out with Mbokani but marshalled him well. Played a big part in helping secure another clean sheet....7

Younes Kaboul: Marshalled the back four well, defended well as a unit, the weakness was Van Aanholt first half. Was in the wars at times but impressed again....7

Patrick van Aanholt: Poor first half, allowed the Norwich wide men to beat him too easily. A weak link in the backline but improved second half and helped keep clean sheet.....6

Jan Kirchhoff: Sloppy start to the game, misplaced passes and struggled to get into the game. Better second half and did well to dispossess Bassong for Defoe goal.....6

Lee Cattermole: Impressed and up for the fight. Sunderland's most creative player first half. Showed plenty of spirit, determination and fight. Several clearances off the line. MOM...9

Yann M'Vila: Few too many stray passes, Norwich dominated the opening stages of the game. Improved as Sunderland finally got a foothold in the game. Subbed....7

Wahbi Khazri: Poor first half and it was no surprise to see him hooked at half-time. Struggled to make an impact. Booked too.....5

Fabio Borini: Fouled for the penalty before stepping up to execute it brilliantly. Squandered other chances but provided a brilliant pass for Defoe's goal. Goal and assist.....8

Jermain Defoe: Was more involved than against Leicester City but still too isolated up front alone. Kept working hard and got his rewards, stabbing home the second.....7


Duncan Watmore (for Khazri, 45): Provided an outlet for Mannone when he came on, worked hard and scored on his return...7

Seb Larsson (for M'Vila, 67): Assisted Watmore for the third goal...7

John O'Shea (for Kirchhoff, 85): Slotted into the holding midfield role...6

Subs Not Used: Pickford, Jones, Toivonen, N'Doye.

Booked: Khazri (32, foul), Cattermole (58, foul)

Goals: Borini (40, penalty), Defoe (53), Watmore (90+1)

Norwich: (4-4-1-1):

John Ruddy: 6

Andre Wisdom: 5

Sebastian Bassong: 5

Ryan Bennett: 6

Martin Olsson: 6

Steven Naismith: 6

Matt Jarvis: 5

Jonny Howson: 6

Gary O'Neil (C): 6

Robbie Brady: 6

Dieumerci Mbokani: 6


Cameron Jermone (for Naismith, 74): 5

Nathan Redmond (for Brady, 45): 5

Wes Hoolahan (for Jarvis, 59): 5

Subs Not Used: Rudd (GK), Dorrans, Mulumbu, Pinto

Booked: Wisdom (40, foul), Olsson (58, foul)

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands): Coped well at a feisty Carrow Road. Got the big decisions right, Borini's was certainly a penalty....6/10

Attendance: 27,117