Sunderland’s eight-game unbeaten run came to an abrupt end as they were beaten 4-0 in terrible conditions at Portsmouth – but how did each player fare for the Black Cats?
Lee Johnson made three changes to his starting XI following the team’s 5-0 win over Cheltenham last time out, with Elliot Embleton, Dennis Cirkin and Leon Dajaku coming in.
Aiden McGeady and Nathan Broadhead missed the game through injury, while Lynden Gooch remained absent with a foot issue.
As the rain poured down and made for a challenging afternoon at Fratton Park, Pompey adapted to the conditions much better.
First-half goals from Marcus Harness, Lee Brown and John Marquis gave the hosts a commanding lead, before Marquis added a fourth in the second half.
Sunderland now have two weeks until their next league game due to international fixtures.
Our chief Sunderland writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict on how each player performed at Portsmouth:
A message from the Football Clubs Editor
Our aim is to provide you with the best, most up-to-date and most informative Sunderland AFC coverage 365 days a year.
This depth of coverage costs, so to help us maintain the high-quality reporting that you are used to, please consider taking out a subscription to our new sports-only package here.
Your support is much appreciated. Richard Mennear, Football Clubs Editor
1. Thorben Hoffmann - 5
Distribution was mixed but hard to really say he was to blame for any of the goals. Unmoved for the first three, and then made a terrific save which almost denied Marquis the fourth. 5 Photo: JPI Media
2. Carl Winchester - 4
Perhaps not given enough protection by his winger in the first half but it was his toughest afternoon at right back. Impossible in the second half to play down the flanks but in the first Sunderland were overrun. 4 Photo: JPI Media
3. Tom Flanagan - 3
Tried to get his side up the pitch by going direct into the channels but there was just not enough precision. Portsmouth found it too easy to create chances in the conditions. 3 Photo: JPI Media
4. Bailey Wright - 3
Caught out in possession far too often early on and that invited pressure. Switched with Tom Flanagan as a result but it did little to turn the tide. A tough afternoon in awful conditions. 3 Photo: Frank Reid