Sunderland 1-1 Birmingham: Player ratings as visitors hold on with ten men

Sunderland couldn't make their numerical advantage count as Birmingham held on for a point.

Saturday, 23rd December 2017, 3:52 pm
Updated Saturday, 23rd December 2017, 3:55 pm
Lewis Grabban turns home Sunderland's equalising goal

Here's how the Black Cats rated....

ROBBIN RUITER

Made some good saves with his side under pressure in the latter stages of the first half. 6

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DONALD LOVE

Got in some excellent positions going forward and deserved his assist, even if it came from a scuffed shot on goal. Tired later on and quality declined significantly. 5

TYIAS BROWNING

Sunderland's best centre-back again, covering well and strong in the air. 6

JOHN O'SHEA

Sunderland's defence looked uncertain throughout with Gallagher a real threat before his red card. O'Shea and Wilson looked exposed at times but the captain did well in the air. 6

MARC WILSON

Struggled against Gallagher and was beaten for pace by Jota too easily. 5

ADAM MATTHEWS

Given a torrid time in the first half by the superb Jota, but fared better in the second. 5

DARRON GIBSON (Ndong, 73)

Sunderland's most composed player on the ball though set pieces were a disappointment. Showed a good range of passing. 6

GEORGE HONEYMAN

Missed a glorious opportunity to put the Black Cats ahead late on and gave the ball away for the first goal, but some superb work helped set up the first half equaliser. 6

LYNDEN GOOCH

Industry as high as ever but couldn't quite find the final ball from some good positions. 5

JAMES VAUGHAN (Asoro, 73)

Battled well and created some good openings for his team, firing just wide with a long range effort minutes after the break. 6

LEWIS GRABBAN (Maja, 73)

Brilliant anticipation to score the goal, but missed a glorious chance minutes earlier. Wasted some good openings but quality movement meant he was always a threat. 6

Subs

DIDIER NDONG

Some good interceptions but poor on the ball. 5

JOSH MAJA

Unable to make an impact. 5

JOEL ASORO

Showed his pace but easily marshaled by the Birmingham defence. 5

Unused: Steele, Oviedo, McManaman, McGeady

Birmingham City XI: Stockdale; Colin, Dean, Morrison, Grounds; Kieftenbeld, Gardner, Ndoye (Jutkiewicz, 85) ; Boga (Maghoma, 79), Jota (Davis, 79), Gallagher

Unused subs: Trueman, Nsue, Bramall, Gleeson

Bookings: Kieftenbeld, 64 Gardner, 80 Grounds, 90

Sent off: Gallagher, 67