Phil Smith's Sunderland AFC player ratings: FOUR players earn 4s after dismal Lincoln City play-off defeat
Sunderland suffered defeat in their play-off semi final first leg at Lincoln City – but how did their players perform?
After a tepid first half, the game sprung into life in the second period with Jordan Jones and Bailey Wright striking the bar in quick succession.
But Sunderland would be made to rue those missed chances when Tom Hopper put the Imps ahead, with Brennan Johnson then doubling the lead later in the second half.
It leaves the Black Cats with a major task on their hands at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as they bid to overturn a two-goal deficit in the second leg.
And head coach Lee Johnson will no doubt be targeting some major improvements following a disappointing display in all departments at Sincil Bank.
Our chief football writer Phil Smith has dished out his marks from the 2-0 defeat – and here’s how each player fared: