Phil Smith's Sunderland AFC player ratings: Cats struggle in Charlton play-off defeat with SEVEN players earning 5s

Sunderland lost out to Charlton Athletic in the League One play-off final - but how did their players perform?

Sunday, 26th May 2019, 17:35 pm
Sunderland AFC player ratings

Our Sunderland AFC writer Phil Smith has dished out his player ratings, with some low marks following a disappointing afternoon. Scroll down and click through the pages to see how he viewed Sunderland's individual performances:

Handled set pieces superbly well for the most part, gathering the ball superbly. Little he could do about either goal as his side were unable to stop dangerous crosses into the box. 6
Grew into the game and looked like he could produce something when Sunderland switched to a diamond. One of the players seemingly to switch off when Charlton took their free kick quickly. 5
Showed the composure you would expect from a player of his experience and in the second half offered an attacking threat. 6

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Some loose passes but generally offered some good poise on the ball and lost very few aerial battles. Couldnt deny Charlton at the last after the right flank switched off at the crucial moment. 6
Did superbly for most of the second half as Lyle Taylor looked to get past him and isolate him from long ball situations. Ultimately couldnt keep Bauers effort out in the dying seconds. 6
Sunderlands best player on the ball, showing good composure and playing some good switches of play. Forced a fine early save from Dillon Phillips that could have sent the Black Cats on their way. 6
Lacked his usual control in midfield and struggled to shut down Joe Aribo and Josh Cullen. Improved when Sunderland switched to a diamond and got in better areas. 5
Looked absolutely devastated after suffering an injury in a clash just moments into the game. Replaced by Lewis Morgan as Ross had to make an early change to his gameplan. 6
Struggled to make an impact in the first half but really grew into it in the second, breaking up play well and driving his side on. Utterly distraught at the end. 5
Couldnt get into the game after starting in a wide position. Spent most of his time chasing Lyle Taylor back towards his own goal and a switch of flank did not make much difference. Taken off early in the second half. 5
Battled well and won plenty of headers, but was isolated for the most part and little real sight of goal. Struggled for a long spell in the second half as Charltons back three rotated the ball well, unable to disrupt their rhythm. 5
Troubled the opposition at times with his direct running but ultimately end product was short of what was required. 5
Never presented with the opening he needed to get a shot away, but did hold the ball up better than the Black Cats had managed in the opening half. 6
Looked understandably short of match fitness and took the shot on too often, losing the ball in dangerous positions as the Black Cats lost some late momentum. 5