Phil Smith's player ratings: Duncan Watmore a 'constant threat' as two Sunderland players get 8s against Manchester City U21s

Sunderland are through to the semi-finals of the Checkatrade Trophy - but who stood out in the 2-0 win over Manchester City Under-21s?

Tuesday, 22nd January 2019, 10:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 22nd January 2019, 10:13 pm
Duncan Watmore battles for possession against Manchester City Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Our Sunderland writer 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.

Had little to do but swept up well and made no errors in his distribution. 6
For the second successive Checkatrade game he was excellent. Strolled through it, showing poise on the ball and making some good challenges. 8

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Kept it simple and was rarely troubled. 6
An encouraging and useful run-out after a spell on the sidelines with injury. Not as great an attacking threat as usual but let nothing past him. 6
Hit the bar with an excellent free kick. Was very comfortable and never tested defensively. 6
Set the tone in the first half and seemed to enjoy the extra time and space on the ball. A really good showing. 7
After getting up to the pace of the game he controlled it. Good range of passing and some excellent challenges in midfield. 7
Unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet after constantly threatening in a more familiar role. Some great runs and a couple of fine strikes from range. 7
A peripheral figure but diligent in his pressing and defending. 6
His best performance since returning from injury by some distance. A constant threat and a fine finish to put his side ahead. 8
Grew into the game and was a threat in the latter stages, though little broke for him as he led the line. 6
Scored a welcome and excellent goal after a poor run of form. 7
Returned from action and promptly launched into a couple of ferocious challenges. Excellent to see him back on the pitch after three frustrating months. 7
Almost scored a dream goal after being introduced late on. N/A