Phil Smith's Sunderland AFC player ratings: THREE players earn 7s after entertaining Hull City draw

Sunderland shared the spoils with Hull City after an entertaining 2-2 draw at the KCOM Stadium – but how did their players perform?

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 9:59 pm
Who impressed for Sunderland at Hull City?

Goals from Jordan Jones and Grant Leadbitter weren’t quite enough for the Black Cats, who led twice during the contest.

But who were the star performers, and who has work to do?

Our chief football writer Phil Smith has dished out his marks from the match – scroll down and flick through the pages of our picture gallery to see how each player fared:

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Made some smart stops but beaten easily from close range as Wilks delivered dangerous crosses into the box. 6
Not beaten too often down his flank and wasn’t until later in the contest that Keane Lewis-Potter began to threaten. Joined in with the attacking play well in the first half. 6
Typically tenacious in his duel with the Hull front line and made some good interceptions at dangerous times. A bit inconsistent in his distribution but there were one or two good switches. 5
Doesn’t look anywhere near his sharpest after a long recent lay-off, and the amount of football other injuries are forcing him to play looks to be having an impact. Gave it away in dangerous areas and was beaten in the air for the second goal. 4
Couldn’t contain Wilks at any stage. Didn't get enough support but both goals came from crosses too easily delivered from that flank. Has to be time for a change in this position. 3
Superb through the first half and looked liberated by the extra man in midfield, constantly harrying the opposition. Made one stunning second half block but was less effective as his team were pushed further and further back. 7
Tidied up well through the first half and took a superb penalty to put his side back ahead after a lengthy delay as Hull protested. A good performance in front of the back four. 7
Still has moments where he could be a little bolder in his decisions on the ball, but pressed well and tidy enough. 6
Took his goal superbly well, thumping a first-time volley past Ingram at the back post. Made some dangerous runs thereafter without creating a great deal. 6
A constant threat in the first half, delivering one superb assist and forcing the penalty with another smart piece of play. A return to form even if Hull’s dominance in the second half saw him fade. 7
Pressed really well throughout and showed good energy, but with little sight of goal. 6
Made some good runs across the front of goal and really unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. 6
Little chance to really drive at the full-back in the closing stages. 5
End product wasn’t at its best but at least pushed Hull back with his willingness to drive forward. 6
Showed some good touches without having much chance to really affect the play. N/A