Sunderland 1 Watford 0: Match ratings, van Aanholt takes Cats off bottom


Saturday, 17th December 2016, 3:59 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th December 2016, 12:14 pm
Patrick van Aanholt scores his third goal of the season. Picture by FRANK REID


Jordan Pickford: Great early save from Amrabat and two vital late stops and collects. 6

Donald Love: Carried on well in right-back spot for the injured Jones and did well before being subbed late on. 6

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Lamine Koné: Good display in heart of the defence. 6

Papy Djilobodji: Like Kone, his partner won his tackles and made his interceptions. 6

Patrick van Aanholt: Great turn and shot for third goal of season and what a vital goal it may turn out to be. 7

Jason Denayer: Not just steady in front of back four, prompted several second-half attacks. Ended up right-back at the end. 6

Didier Ndong: Gifted Watford early opening but one great tackle on Zuniga. 6

Adnan Januzaj: Neat footwork in middle of park started move for first goal and grew in confidence as game wore on. Subbed with 10 to go. 6

Fabio Borini: Plenty of toil but little in way of concrete impact. 5

Victor Anichebe: The left man of the three behind Defoe, he was the best home outlet, running himself into the ground. Inches wide just after the hour. 6

Jermain Defoe: Very few opportunities but had assist for goal with good low cross into van Aanholt. 6


John O'Shea (for Januzaj 79): Wise head crucial in dying minutes N/A

Seb Larsson (for Love 87) N/A

Wahbi Khazri (for Borini 90) N/A

Unused Subs: Vito Mannone, Joel Asoro, Ethan Robson, George Honeyman

Goal: van Aanholt 49

Booked: Januzaj 36

Watford: Gomes 6, Kaboul 6 (Janmaat 78), Prödl 6 (Kabasele 31, 5), Britos 6, Holebas 6, Amrabat 7, Behrami 6, Capoue 6, Zuñiga 6 (Success 56, 6), Deeney 6, Ighalo 6

Unused Subs: Pantilimon, Cathcart, Guédioura, Sinclair

Booked: Behrami 45, Kaboul 75

Referee: Bobby Madley: Received a boo or 2,000. Bad decision for late Djilobodji 'handball'. 6

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