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Phil Smith's player ratings: 'Composed second-half showing' from Lee Cattermole as three Sunderland stars get 7s

Sunderland kept up the pressure on their promotion rivals following a 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers - but who stood out for the Black Cats?

Our Sunderland writer Phil Smith has dished out his player ratings - scroll down and flick through our gallery to see who shone and who struggled.

Uncharacteristically poor in his distribution, with a number of kicks going straight into touch. Came off with an injury in the second half, which will be a massive concern for Sunderland going into the festive period. 5

1. Jon McLaughlin - 5

Uncharacteristically poor in his distribution, with a number of kicks going straight into touch. Came off with an injury in the second half, which will be a massive concern for Sunderland going into the festive period. 5
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Ironically quieter than usual on the day he scored his first goal for over a year. A great, composed finish and gave nothing away down his flank. 7

2. Adam Matthews - 7

Ironically quieter than usual on the day he scored his first goal for over a year. A great, composed finish and gave nothing away down his flank. 7
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An erratic display. Some great challenges and interventions but some errors that left his side very exposed. 5

3. Jack Baldwin - 5

An erratic display. Some great challenges and interventions but some errors that left his side very exposed. 5
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Needed to do more to clear the cross from which Bristol Rovers opened the scoring. Very shaky early on but did settle. 6

4. Glenn Loovens - 6

Needed to do more to clear the cross from which Bristol Rovers opened the scoring. Very shaky early on but did settle. 6
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