Sunderland 0 Chelsea 1: Match ratings, lots of toil but no reward after injury-time Courtois save


Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 8:39 pm
Updated Thursday, 15th December 2016, 10:22 am
Billy Jones gets stuck in for Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID


Jordan Pickford: One brilliant save from Pedro though Spaniard was offside, and couple of good stops after break. Little chance with goal. 6

Papy Djilobodji: Had a fine game as part of a back three, some great defending, especially against Costa. 7

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Lamine Kone: See above. 7

John O'Shea: Came into the side and, unfortunately, was dragged out of position for the first goal. Good game overall. 7

Billy Jones: Very bright start and was the best early attacking threat for Cats, teed up Borini for chance before having to limp off. 6

Jan Kirchhoff: Worked hard in middle but work was almost exclusively in his own half, subbed 12 minutes after break. 6

Jason Denayer: Fans love seeing a challenge and his slide tackle set up one of the best home moves of first half and first corner. 6

Patrick van Aanholt: Operated on left of midfield but effectively drifted into a back five, denied by injury-time wonder save from Courtois. 6

Fabio Borini: Thrust back into side having had no match practice, but had one shot which went high and wide. These 80 minutes will have benefited him. 5

Jermain Defoe: Lonely evening up top with just one shot, did tee up Januzaj for best chance and put in a shift. 6

Adnan Januzaj: Like Borini, handed a starting role and put in plenty of running, had the lone first-half shot and best chance early in second, only for Courtois to save. 6


Seb Larsson (for Kirchhoff 57): Came on for German who seemed to get a kick. Almost threaded in Defoe. 6

Donald Love (for Jones 59): Took over at right-back and was full of energy. 6

Wahbi Khazri (for Borini 82): Return of the long-lost Tunisian, late cameo for the shattered Borini. N/A

Unused subs: Vito Mannone, Joel Asoro, Josh Maja, George Honeyman

Booked: Defoe 43, O'Shea 45, Borini 72


Courtois 7

Azpilicueta 6

David Luiz 6

Cahill 6

Moses 6 (Ivanovic 90)

Kante 7

Fabregas 7

Alonso 7

Willian 7 (Chalobah 89)

Costa 6

Pedro 7 (Matic 75, 6).

Unused subs: Begovic, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi

Goals: Fabregas 40

Booked: Pedro 56, Moses 90

Referee: Neil Swarbrick: Five cards, but a decent match. 6

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