Aiden McGeady impressed against Plymouth at the Stadium of Light.
Our Sunderland reporter Phil Smith has dished out his player ratings following the game at the Stadium of Light - Scroll down and flick through our gallery to see how each player performed.
Kicking wasnt always convincing but made some smart stops in an occasionally tense second half. 6
Irrepressible. Always the occasional concern in terms of positioning but battled hard and always offered an option at the back post. 7
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Performing with good consistency again after a short spell out the side. Took few risks and rarely erred, securing another clean sheet for his side. 7
Struggled in the early stages of the second half but came through. Came out on top in a tough battle with the prolific Freddie Ladapo. 7
Impressive display, largely stifling the usually influential Graham Carey. Also offered a constant option going forward by overlapping Aiden McGeady. 8
A superb finish put his side in the lead but his all round game was very good, too, tenacious and commanding. 7
Controlled the tempo as usual in the first half. Some excellent switches of play and helped see his side through a difficult spell at the start of the second. 7
Tormented the full back but it looked like being one of those afternoons where he just couldnt get the reward. That changed late on when his cross forced the crucial second. Another showing that was just a treat to watch. 8
A fine finish was good reward for a lively showing. Helped ensure Grigg was not overly isolated up front and drifted into space well. 7
A wonderful first half performance. Well worthy of his assist, constantly beating his marker and cutting dangerous balls across goal. Second half was a struggle as Plymouth pushed him and his side back. 7
Forced a good save from Letheren on half time but it was one he would have had expected to score. Made good runs but visibly tired in the second half. 6
Struggled to produce the end product but his arrival definitely lifted some of the pressure off his side as he carried the ball into dangerous areas. 6