Player ratings as Sunderland produce another flat display at Middlesbrough
Sunderland fell to a 2-0 defeat against Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup.
Here's how the Black Cats rated...
Good second half saves but couldn't claim the corner that forced the second goal and looked to have committed too early for the first. 3
Improved in the second half and tried to offer an attacking outlet. Final ball lacking. 4
Out of position on his first start after an injury lay-off and it showed. Very poor use of the ball and gifted it away regularly. 3
Looked to get in Steele's way for the second goal. Looked sluggish after a demanding festive period. 5
Unlucky to see a thumping header turned onto woodwork by Darren Randolph. Sunderland's most convincing defender yet again. 6
Appalling delivery from good positions in the second half, but did put it one good corner from which Browning struck the bar. 4
A mixed bag in front of the defence. Some good attempts to switch the play but some poor passes and struggled to contain Boro's runners. Exposed in the closing stages as he played through injury. 4
ETHAN ROBSON (Embleton, 81)
Looked tidy on his senior debut and tried to move the ball quickly. Undone by Traore in the tackle for the first goal. 5
Did as much as anyone to try and drive Sunderland forward but final ball was lacking. Booked for a rash challenge on Shotton. 5
CALLUM McMANAMAN (Asoro, 52)
One promising run in the first half was swiftly ended by a strong Ayala challenge but another game in which the summer signing underwhelmed. 3
JOSH MAJA (Vaughan, 73)
Some moments of individual quality and unlucky to see a smart header hit the bar. Generally isolated and physically not quite up to it against Ayala. 5
Offered some early purpose but faded.
Struggled to make his presence felt.
No time to make an impact.
Unused: Ruiter, Vaughan, Galloway, Beadling, Gamble
Middlesbrough XI: Randolph; Shotton, Gibson, Ayala, Friend (Christie, 90); Leadbitter, Howson; Downing, Braithwaite (Clayton, 64), Traore (Johnson, 80); Gestede
Unused subs: Dimi, Assombalonga, Fletcher, Forshaw
Bookings: Honeyman, 25 Leadbitter, 50 Traore, 55 Love, 57