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'Poor game management': Phil Smith's Sunderland player ratings as Cats are held by ten-man Accrington Stanley

Sunderland squandered a second-half lead as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Accrington Stanley – but how did each player fare for the Black Cats?

By Phil Smith
Saturday, 15th January 2022, 6:22 pm

After a goalless first half, Lee Johnson’s side opened the scoring when Aiden O’Brien’s deflected effort looped past Stanley goalkeeper Toby Savin.

Sunderland appeared to be in control when defender Ross Sykes was sent off for a second yellow card 14 minutes from time, yet there was a late twist.

Mitchell Clark pulled a goal back in the 84th minute as Sunderland were cut open too easily.

Our chief SAFC writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict on how each Black Cats player faced at the Wham Stadium:

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