Player ratings as young forwards sparkle in emphatic Sunderland win

Sunderland coasted to a 6-0 win over St Mirren in their most emphatic display yet under Jack Ross.

Saturday, 21st July 2018, 4:53 pm
Updated Saturday, 21st July 2018, 4:57 pm
Lynden Gooch was superb on the wing for Sunderland

The movement of the attacking players was superb throughout as the visitors comprehensively outplayed their opponents.

Here's how they rated..

JON McLAUGHLIN - A fine save in either half and very comfortable with ball at feet. An encouraging display. 7

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DONALD LOVE - One fine turn in the second half to set his side away on the attack. Steady and let nothing past him throughout. 6

ALIM OZTURK - Looks to be still getting up to speed and had some shaky moments. Good in the air. 6

TOM FLANAGAN - Communicates well and takes few risks. A calming influence. 6

ADAM MATTHEWS - A delightful ball over the top to force Maja's opener. Looked comfortable on the left flank. 6

LEE CATTERMOLE - Pushed slightly further forward in central midfield and a fine pass allowed Sunderland to take a three goal lead early in the second half. 6

DYLAN McGEOUCH - Some fine tackles in the first half, his positioning was exemplary. Set the tempo with his passing, too. 8

GEORGE HONEYMAN - Tremendous work-rate and helped Sunderland control midfield. Deserved his goal, even if it was aided greatly by a deflection. 7

CHRIS MAGUIRE - Movement was superb and his versatility looks like being a real asset for Sunderland. Showed quality throughout an impressive display. 8

LYNDEN GOOCH - A menace from the first whistle, beating his player inside and out. Two goals were worthy reward for an impressive display. 9

JOSH MAJA - Play with back to goal is still developing but there was no disputing the quality of his two finishes, which caught the goalkeeper completely off guard. 8

Subs

BALI MUMBA - Looked tidy on the ball again. 6

DENVER HUME - Little chance to make an impact. 6

LUKE MOLYNEUX - Slightly fortunate with his finish but made a good run to shoot and force the deflection. 6