Ross Stewart goal.

'Excellent display': Phil Smith's Sunderland AFC player ratings after Ross Stewart and Elliot Embleton goals in MK Dons win

Sunderland survived some late pressure to claim all three points at MK Dons – and there were some impressive performances for Lee Johnson’s side.

Ross Stewart scored his second goal of the season to put the Black Cats ahead three minutes before half-time, before Elliot Embleton added a second shortly after half-time.

MK Dons pulled a goal back moments later through Tottenham loanee Troy Parrott, which led to a nervy finish.

Lynden Gooch had the chance to put Sunderland further ahead but saw a penalty saved six minutes from time, yet Sunderland managed to hang on.

Left-back Dennis Cirkin also made his Black Cats debut after joining the club from Tottenham earlier this week and lasted 73 minutes.

That meant Dan Neil was moved into midfield while Luke O’Nien missed the game through illness.

Our chief Sunderland writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict on how each Sunderland player fared at Stadium MK.

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