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'Really strong performance': Phil Smith's player ratings as Sunderland stay top of the table after Accrington Stanley win

Sunderland stayed top of the League One table after a 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley at the Stadium of Light – and there were some impressive performances for Lee Johnson’s side.

An excellent strike from Dan Neil put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute but Stanley defender Michael Nottingham equalised before half-time.

Sunderland right-back Carl Winchester then scored the winning goal in the 58th minute after converting Aiden McGeady’s pass with a neat finish.

The hosts had chances to kill the game off but Ross Stewart and Elliot Embleton couldn’t secure a two-goal cushion.

Johnson’s side defended admirably, though, with new goalkeeper Throben Hoffman making his first start for the club between the sticks.

The results means the Black Cats are now two points clear at the top of the table.

Our Sunderland writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict on how each player performed at the Stadium of Light:

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