Aiden McGeady against Walsall
Our Sunderland writer Richard Mennear has dished out his player ratings - scroll down to see how each player performed.
Had next to nothing to do first half but was left picking the ball out the net eight minutes into the second, could do little with Cooks volley. Big save to deny Ferrier on hour mark...6 Good going forward on the overlap, a few stray passes out of defence though. Found it tougher second half, had to do more defending.6 Reasonably comfortable opening 45 but him and Flanagan both had work cut out second half, Cook dominating in the air..6 Similar to Baldwin, Walsall posed little threat first half but a much-improved second half showing caused the SAFC defence problems..6 Keen to get forward at every attempt, supporting McGeady on the overlap first half. Worked hard defensively...6 Looked to cut inside from the right flank on his favoured left. A good option wide right initially but impact waned and subbed just past the hour mark.5 A composed display from the midfielder, sitting deep again and helping dictate play, encouraging ONien throughout. Vocal, did well on his Walsall return..7 Put his foot in and provided some legs in the centre of midfield, Sunderland faced a lot of pressure second half.6 Plenty of running, full of energy in the central role alongside Maja but not as effective as usual. Moved wide right when Sinclar came on...5 Hugged the touchline in the first half, keen to stretch the hosts and he had the beating of his man throughout. Fine finish, his sixth in seven games..7 Few clear cut chances, did well to get toe on end of one chance in the first half. Wasnt involved much second half.6 (for Oviedo 63): Conceded a couple of cheap free-kicks..5 (for Gooch, 75): Tidy in possession, tried to move the ball on quickly..5