Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 2: Fabio Borini the late hero but who was man of the match?

Fabio Borini was the hero for Sunderland scoring a stunning late goal to snatch a last-minute equaliser.

Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 8:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 8:46 pm
Jack Rodwell started for Sunderland against Crystal Palace

Sunderland had led through Dame N'Doye's first goal for the club but a Connor Wickham double in the second half saw Palace take a 2-1 lead.

Sub Borini was the late hero, making it 2-2.

Here are Richard Mennear's player ratings:

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Sunderland (4-1-4-1)

Vito Mannone: Made a good point-blank save to deny Scott Dann half an hour in. Could do little about Wickham's first goal.....6

DeAndre Yedlin: Got forward a lot, no surprise given how open the game was. Needs to improve his crossing. Assist.....6

John O'Shea (C): An early departure through injury, big blow to Sunderland. O'Shea had done well too, making some key interceptions.....6

Lamine Kone: Had the better of Wickham in the opening stages of the game but the striker got his revenge second half. Defence was wayward after the break....6

Patrick van Aanholt: Saw plenty of the ball down the left-hand side. Decision making poor at times. His pace caused Palace problems though.....6

Jan Kirchhoff: So comfortable on the ball, always looking to be involved. Calm in possession too but faded second half and was subbed....6

Yann M'Vila: Switched the play well in the first half but Sunderland lost all composure after Palace scored....7

Jack Rodwell: Full of running on his return to the side. Started really well, making a couple of bursting runs. One of the brighter players. MOM...7

Dame N'Doye: Scored his first goal for Sunderland, took a massive deflection off Dann. Lost Wickham for second goal. Pushed about too easily.....7

Wahbi Khazri: Sunderland look to him whenever they get the ball. Work rate impressive but offered little after the break as Palace dominated.....6

Jermain Defoe: Isolated again in the first half, Sunderland need to get more support to him. Tested Hennessey with a few tame efforts.....6


Younes Kaboul (for O'Shea, 28): Slotted in well alongside Kone first half. Defence fell apart after the break for their two goals......6

Lee Cattermole (for Kirchhoff, 64): Doesn't have the passing range of Kirchhoff. Sunderland lost all their confidence after Palace drew level. Nasty cut to head....5

Fabio Borini (for Cattermole, 80): Cattermole had a nasty gash to his head and was subbed. His replacement Borini produced a stunning equaliser....7

Subs Not Used: Pickford, Jones, Larsson, Toivonen.

Goals: N'Doye (36), Borini (90)

Booked: Rodwell (18)

Crystal Palace (4-4-1-1)

Wayne Hennessey: 7

Joel Ward: 6

Scott Dann: 6

Damien Delaney: 6

Martin Kelly: 6

Yohan Cabaye: 7

Mile Jedinak (C): 6

Wilfried Zaha: 7

Jodon Mutch: 7

Yannick Bolasie: 6

Connor Wickham: 8


Joe Ledley (for Cabaye, 73): 6

Bakary Sako (for Bolasie, 77): 6

Emmanuel Adebayor (for Wickham, 83): 6

Subs Not Used: McCarthy, Mariappa, Lee, Gayle.

Goals: Wickham (61, 67)

Booked: Dann (45)

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Greater Manchester) Inconsistent in his decision making. Upset both sides with erratic decisions......4/10

Attendance: 39,795