Player ratings as Sunderland youngsters impress despite Fulham's second half surge

George Honeyman and Sunderland's Lucas Piazon
George Honeyman and Sunderland's Lucas Piazon
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Sunderland will finish bottom of the Championship after losing 2-1 to Fulham on Friday night.

Here's how the Black Cats rated....

JASON STEELE - Some good saves in en either half but just couldn't turn cross away from goal for the equaliser. Confidence is growing. 6

BILLY JONES - Had to be taken off at half-time but dealt reasonably well with the threat of teen prodigy Ryan Sessegnon. 6

LAMINE KONE - Powerful in defence and rarely beaten. 6

JOHN O'SHEA - Barely gave Mitrovic a sniff of goal in open play. An effective performance. 6

MARC WILSON - Clearly targeted by Fulham. Some superb defending early on but taken out of the game too often as it progressed. 4

ETHAN ROBSON - Fulham's midfield have dominated many a team this season but Robson handled them well. Fought hard and moved the ball well. 7

OVIE EJARIA - Peripheral figure but very, very unfortunate not to win a penalty just before Fulham broke to score on the cusp of half-time. 5

PADDY McNAIR - His quietest game in a while but competed well. 6

JOEL ASORO - Brilliant individual goal. Always looked a threat on the ball. 7

GEORGE HONEYMAN - Had to work to offer cover on the left and he never shirked those duties. 6

ASHLEY FLETCHER - Superb header to assist Asoro for the opener. Influence waned and will have been disappointed to let Mitrovic get above him for the goal. 6

Subs

ADAM MATTHEWS - Some good runs forward and solid defensively. 6

CALLUM McMANAMAN - No time to influence the game with Sunderland penned in. 6

Sunderland XI: Steele; Jones (Matthews, 45), Kone, O'Shea, Wilson; Robson (Maja, 85), Honeyman, Ejaria (McManaman, 77), McNair; Fletcher, Asoro

Subs: Camp, Lualua,Clarke-Salter, Mumba

Fulham XI: Bettinelli; Fredericks, Odoi, Ream, Targett (Kamara, 41); McDonald, Johansen, Cairney (Norwood, 90); Sessegnon, Piazon (Fonte, 74), Mitrovic

Subs: Button, Christie, Kalas, La Torre

Bookings: Fletcher, 61 Steele, 63 McManaman, 90