Phil Smith's player ratings: '˜Class' of Jon McLaughlin shows as ten-man Sunderland seal memorable win

Sunderland have closed the gap on the League One leaders after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Bradford City.

Saturday, 6th October 2018, 5:51 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th October 2018, 5:58 pm
Jon McLaughlin showed his class in Sunderland's win

Goals from Josh Maja and Jack Baldwin were enough for the Black Cats to seal victory - although Jack Ross’ side were forced to play the final twenty minutes with ten men after Max Power saw red.

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Jon McLaughlin then pulled off some more heroics, saving Jack Payne’s penalty, before Sunderland held on to seal a vital three points.

But who stood out for the Wearsiders in another away day success? Our man Phil Smith has dished out his player ratings, with special praise reserved for a trio of summer signings.

Click the link above and flick through our gallery to see who shone - and struggled - for the Black Cats.