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Phil Smith’s player ratings: Sunderland’s Aiden McGeady looks ‘a cut above’ as Black Cats sweep past Carlisle United

Sunderland's Aiden McGeady in action.
Sunderland's Aiden McGeady in action.
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Sunderland bolstered their chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy after a convincing 3-1 win over Carlisle United.

It was a memorable night for three Sunderland youngsters, as Benji Kimpioka was handed his first start for the Black Cats, while Jack Diamond and Lee Connelly made their debuts off the bench.

Kimpioka, Ethan Robson and George Honeyman grabbed the goals for Jack Ross’ side - but who shone and who was below par at the Stadium of Light?

Our Sunderland writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict- click on the link above to flick though our player ratings gallery.