How they rated: ‘Box of tricks’ Ricky Alvarez named man of match

GOAL: Ricky Alvarez scores at Craven Cottage.
GOAL: Ricky Alvarez scores at Craven Cottage.
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SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats moved into the FA Cup fifth round with victory at Fulham.

Mannone 6 - Didn’t look confident from corners, most notably the one from which Fulham took the lead.

Reveillere 7 - Solid defensively and got forward well, albeit the quality of his crossing wasn’t consistently good.

Vergini 7 - Did well dealing with Fulham’s threat on the counter-attack.

O’Shea 7 - Kept McCormack subdued and happy to bring the ball out of defence when Sunderland were camped in Fulham’s half.

Van Aanholt 7 - Always an outlet, even if his final ball didn’t always come up to scratch. Inadvertantly had a hand in the equaliser.

Bridcutt 7 - Didn’t neglect his defensive responsibilities to break up Fulham’s threat on the break.

Gomez 7 - Coolly converted from the penalty spot to seal Sunderland’s passage after going close on a couple of occasions.

Giaccherini 7 - Lively in midfield and passed the ball slickly. Could easily have seen red for raising his hands late on though, before limping off with a knock.

ALVAREZ 8 - Came of age as a Sunderland player after months of disruptive injuries. Was a box of tricks throughout and capepd his display with a stunning individual goal to send Sunderland through

Fletcher 6 - Started brightly as a last-gasp replacement for Wickham, but missed Sunderland’s best chance of the first half and got sloppy after the break. (Graham 7 - Immediately made a chance for Alvarez and won the penalty.

Defoe 6 - Worked hard, but never really had a sight of goal.

FULHAM: Bettinelli 5, Grimmer 7, Hutchinson 6, Bodurov 7, Stafylidis 7, Fofana 7, Tunnicliffe 6, Kacaniklic 7, McCormack 6, Rodallega 7, Woodrow 6.