Sunderland reporter Chris Young assesses how the Black Cats players performed in the 2-2 draw at Aston Villa.
Costel Pantilimon: Smart late save kept out Westwood’s shot. But showed some hesitancy in coming for crosses during the first half. 6
Billy Jones: Gave Amavi far too much room to cross for Villa’s second and never looked comfortable when the hosts were going forwards. 5
Younes Kaboul: Much more like the player Sunderland thought they’d signed. Held the defence together and made several crucial interceptions. 8
John O’Shea: Looks happier alongside Kaboul, but still had some dicey moments and perhaps could have done better with the second. 6
Patrick van Aanholt: Offered no protection by Defoe as Hutton kept bombing forwards. Stuck to his task though. 6
Lee Cattermole: No need whatsoever to concede such a cheap penalty, while he was turned too easily by Gana for the second. Needed to be hooked at half-time. 4
Jack Rodwell: Better in the second half, but again seemed to go into that shell of being a passenger. 6
YANN M’VILA: Pinpoint free-kick opened his Sunderland account and he is increasingly becoming the player that dictates proceedings. 8
Jeremain Lens: Grabbed his first Sunderland goal with a crucial equaliser, yet wasn’t as threatening as he had been against Swansea. 7
Jermain Defoe: Was lazy tracking back and miscontrolled a wonderful through-ball from M’Vila, which was his one real chance. 6
Danny Graham: Gave Sunderland no attacking platform whatsoever and rightfully taken off at the interval. 5
Steven Fletcher (for Graham 46): Made more of an impact than Graham and went close with an excellent header. 6
Ola Toivonen (for Cattermole 46): Faded as the half wore on, but started it with a bang and made the equaliser. 7
Seb Larsson (for Defoe 77): Brought on to shore things up. 6
Subs not used: Mannone, Coates, Watmore, Gooch.