Phil Smith's Sunderland AFC player ratings: Who shone and struggled in Grimsby Town cup clash?
Sunderland kicked-off their leasing.com Trophy campaign with victory over Grimsby Town – but who stood out for the Black Cats?
Goals from Duncan Watmore, Marc McNulty and Will Grigg handed Sunderland – who were led by James Fowler following the dismissal of Jack Ross – a 3-2 victory over the League Two side. It was far from a routine victory, so how did the Black Cats’ individuals perform? Scroll down and click through the pages to see how our Sunderland AFC writer – Phil Smith – rated their performances: