Sunderland AFC player ratings: 'Tireless' Luke O'Nien and 'classy' Dylan McGeouch star in Notts County triumph

There were several eye-catching performances as Sunderland secured progression in the Checkatrade Trophy - but which players stole the show?

Tuesday, 4th December 2018, 9:30 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th December 2018, 10:00 pm
Luke O'Nien shone for Sunderland
Luke O'Nien shone for Sunderland

An own goal from Dan Jones and a penalty converted by Jerome Sinclair secured progression for the Wearsiders, who are now just three games away from Wembley. But who caught the eye during the 2-0 victory over Notts County? Our man Richard Mennear has dished out his player ratings and there's praise for plenty of the fringe players handed opportunities. Click through the pages below to see how we rated the Black Cats:

A couple of nervy moments early on but made an important save from Dennis header, clawing the ball away and then produced a smart block..6
Glenn Loovens: Assured at the heart of the SAFC defence, even made one lung-busting run forward..6

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Alim Ozturk: A composed performance at the back for the summer signing, a fairly comfortable evening.6
Jack Bainbridge: Played on the left-hand side of the back three, didnt look out of place and produced a composed performance..6
Bryan Oviedo: Nervy start but became a big threat, he had acres of space down the left wing. Could have done better on occasion with his decision making..6
Bali Mumba: A new role for the 17-year-old, deployed at right wing-back. Found it hard going at times but stuck to his task admirably and was keen to get forward every chance he could..6
Max Power ( C ): Had two efforts at goal, one blocked, one saved. Had the skippers armband on and was constantly encouraging his team mates..6
Dylan McGeouch: Kept it simple, lot of first time passes, helped dictate the play. Showed his class with the assist for opener. Classy.7
Luke O'Nien: Played furthest forward of the three, did plenty of running. His performance first half was tireless, always an option for his teammates..8
Jerome Sinclair: Made a couple of early surging runs, space was there to exploit. Needs to improve his finishing but build-up play impressive. Took the penalty well..7
Duncan Watmore: Full of running, hasnt lost any pace, clever movement in the final third, played a key role in opener, his effort saved and deflected in off Jones. Had another effort blocked, while Fitzsimons saved on the hour mark...7
(For Watmore, 67): Made an instant impact, raw but exciting. Won the penalty.6
(For Power, 83): Assured display in the middle when he replaced Power late on.6
(For Sinclair, 87): N/A