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Phil Smith's Sunderland AFC player ratings after late drama at Fleetwood as defender stands out for Lee Johnson's side

Sunderland squandered a two-goal lead at Fleetwood after late drama at Highbury – but how did each player fare for Lee Johnson’s side?

Saturday, 18th September 2021, 5:45 pm

The Black Cats took a first-half lead when Ross Stewart headed home Elliot Embleton’s free-kick, and the Wearsiders appeared to be in control of the match when Aiden McGeady converted from the penalty spot 16 minutes from time.

But when Callum Morton pulled a goal back in the 81st minute it resulted in a nervy finish as Sunderland tried to hang on.

Fleetwood were then awarded a penalty for a shirt pull against Bailey Wright and Gerard Garner converted from the spot, sending goalkeeper Thorben Hoffman the wrong way.

The result means Sunderland have been knocked off the top of League One by Wigan following the Latics’ 4-1 win at Accrington Stanley.

Our chief football writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict on how each player fared at Highbury Stadium.

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