Alex Pritchard playing for Sunderland against Coventry.

'Never stopped': Phil Smith's player ratings as Sunderland draw with Coventry City in Championship opener

Sunderland were held to a 1-1 draw against Coventry at the Stadium of Light – but how did each player fare for the Black Cats?

Alex Neil’s side took the lead in the 12th minute when Lynden Gooch’s cross was headed home by Jack Clarke.

Coventry saw more of the ball and were able to draw level six minutes from time when striker Viktor Gyokeres fired the ball home from the edge of the box.

Sunderland will now prepare for next weekend’s trip to Bristol City.

Our chief SAFC writer Phil Smith has dished out:

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