Phil Smith's player ratings: Sunderland's Aiden McGeady looks '˜a cut above' as Black Cats sweep past Carlisle United

Sunderland bolstered their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy after a convincing 3-1 win over Carlisle United.

Wednesday, 10th October 2018, 8:00 am
Sunderland's Aiden McGeady in action.

It was a memorable night for three Sunderland youngsters, as Benji Kimpioka was handed his first start for the Black Cats, while Jack Diamond and Lee Connelly made their debuts off the bench.

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Kimpioka, Ethan Robson and George Honeyman grabbed the goals for Jack Ross’ side - but who shone and who was below par at the Stadium of Light?

Our Sunderland writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict- click on the link above to flick though our player ratings gallery.