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'Exciting to watch' Phil Smith's player ratings as Sunderland progress to Carabao Cup fourth round after Wigan Athletic win

Sunderland progressed to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after a 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic – and there were some impressive performances for Lee Johnson’s side at the DW Stadium.

Tuesday, 21st September 2021, 10:15 pm

The Black Cats boss made nine changes to his side following their draw at Fleetwood, and several players took their opportunities to impress.

Goals from Nathan Broadhead and Luke O’Nien either side of half-time made it a comfortable night for the visitors against their fellow League One side.

Wigan, who are top of League One on goal difference, also made several chances as manager Leam Richardson made nine alterations following the Latics’ 4-1 at Accrington Stanley.

Yet Sunderland deserved their win, as several of the club’s new signings started the match.

German winger Leon Dajaku made his debut for the Black Cats and played 72 minutes before he was replaced by Ross Stewart.

Our chief Sunderland writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict on how each player fared:

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