Aiden O’Brien against Charlton.

'Lacked composure' 'Poor': Phil Smith's player ratings as Sunderland lose to Charlton and drop out of automatic promotion places in League One

Sunderland lost their first home game of the season as they were beaten 1-0 by Charlton at the Stadium of Light – but how did each individual player fare?

Sunday, 24th October 2021, 3:07 pm

Addicks striker Jayden Stockley scored the game’s only goal when he headed home Jonathan Leko’s cross in the 66th minute, and the Black Cats were unable to respond.

Lee Johnson’s side did have a late appeal for a penalty turned down when Ross Stewart’s effort hit the arm of defender Jason Pearce from close range.

The result means Sunderland have dropped back out of the automatic promotion places, although they do still have games in hand on most of the teams around them.

Johnson must now pick his side up for Tuesday's Carabao Cup game at QPR, before a trip to Rotherham in League One next weekend.

Our chief SAFC writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict on how each player fared at the Stadium of Light against Charlton:

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