SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats’ late defeat at West Ham in Dick Advocaat’s opening game in charge.
Pantilimon 7 - Confidently coped with the crosses that West Ham peppered into Sunderland’s area. Only real save was to push away Song’s 25-yard volley.
Reveillere 6 - Struggled against Jarvis during the first half, even though the West Ham winger’s delivery let him down.
O’Shea 7 - Made several crucial interceptions from the succession of crosses that West Ham launched into the area. Put his nightmare against Aston Villa behind him.
Brown 6 - Will we see the defender again in a Sunderland shirt after a knee injury that didn’t look too clever? (Vergini 6 - Fortunate to get away with a penalty shout against Nolan, when the linesman’s flag wrongly went up for offside).
Van Aanholt 7 - Better defensively and went close with a beauty from long range. Didn’t get forward enough though.
Larsson 7 - Typical industrious Larsson performance in the centre of the midfield trio. Clearly fouled in build-up to West Ham’s winner.
Gomez 7 - Worked as hard as he has done in a Sunderland shirt. Produced a superb ball over the top in the build-up to Wickham’s early chance.
Rodwell 6 - Put his foot in, but there were none of those surging runs forward which had been apparent in previous games.
WICKHAM 7 - Technically let himself down on occasions, but was a work-horse in the hole behind the two strikers. It’s a position that might suit him.
Defoe 5 - For a striker of his calibre, it was a howling first half miss against his former club. At least Sunderland got him involved though and looked for his runs in behind.
Fletcher 7 - Excellent in the first half and lead the line intelligently. (Johnson 6 - Predictably tough reception from the home fans, but showed a few flashes).
WEST HAM: Adrian 7, Jenkinson 7, Collins 6, Kouyate 6, Cresswell 7, Song 6, Noble 7, Nolan 6, Jarvis 6 (Cole 6), Downing 7, Sakho 7.