SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats secured a much-needed boost with their first Premier League victory at the Stadium of Light since October.
Pantilimon 6 - Couple of important takes from crosses, but largely limited to a spectator role, with Burnley posing a minimal threat.
Reveillere 8 - Justified Poyet’s decision to pick him ahead of Billy Jones, with a superbly composed defensive display and a pinpoint cross for Connor Wickham’s opener.
O’Shea 7 - Made in-demand Danny Ings look distinctly ordinary by keeping tight to the Burnley striker, before he was hauled off with 30 minutes to go.
Vergini 7 - Best display in a couple of months. Looks far more competent and confident at centre-half alongside O’Shea.
VAN AANHOLT 8 - Burnley didn’t and couldn’t track his constant bursts forward. Made Defoe’s goal and could easily have had a hand in several more after regularly reaching the by-line.
Bridcutt 6 - Did the dirty work well in preventing Burnley building any sort of momentum.
Larsson 7 - Covered acres of ground in the second half as Sunderland saw the game through to its conclusion, and persistently broke up play.
Gomez 6 - Lovely ball over the top in the build-up to Sunderland’s second and was tidy.
Johnson 7 - Makes a big difference to Sunderland’s attacking threat at the moment and put Burnley right-back Kieran Trippier on the back foot.
Wickham 8 - Tucked inside more than earlier in the season and it worked well as a foil for Defoe. Headed home his fourth of the season and produced several strong runs. (Graham 7 - Couple of strong runs in the closing stages)
Defoe 8 - Off the mark in Sunderland colours with a typical poacher’s goal and could easily have had another. (Fletcher 6 - Never really got into the game).
BURNLEY Heaton 6, Trippier 6, Shackell 6, Keane 6, Mee 6, Jones 6, Marney 5, Arfield 5, Boyd 6 (Wallace 7), Ings 5 (Jutkiewicz 6), Barnes 6 (Vokes 6).