Southampton 1 Sunderland 0: Match ratings, bleak night in EFL Cup for Black Cats

Victor Anichebe gets up for a header at Southampton. Picture by FRANK REID
Victor Anichebe gets up for a header at Southampton. Picture by FRANK REID
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Sunderland (4-2-3-1):

Jordan Pickford: Had little to do first half. Uncharacteristically flapped at a couple of corners second half. Could do little with the goal. 6.

Billy Jones: Involved in a clash of heads but fine to carry on. Tried to get forward often. 6

Papy Djilobodji: Important sliding tackle first half and overall played well. His diagonal long balls are a dangerous weapon for Sunderland. 7.

Lamine Kone (C): Captain for the night, Sunderland defended well, a stunning goal did for them. 7

Patrick van Aanholt: Wasteful in possession at times. Khazri should have done more with one of his passes but missed the ball. 6

Paddy McNair: Played in an unorthodox role on the left-side of midfield. Has played everywhere else. Not involved enough. 5

Jack Rodwell: Tidy in possession but nothing more. Blasted an effort over the crossbar. 5

Didier Ndong: Far too many stray passes from the club’s record signing. Not his night. 5

Wahbi Khazri: Loses possession too easily, much to Moyes’ frustration. Wasted two openings first half. 5.

Duncan Watmore: Worked hard but little end product. Caused Saints problems with his pace. 6.

Victor Anichebe: First start for Sunderland. Starved of service. Put himself about when he did have the ball and won a couple of free-kicks. Could have had penalty. 6


Jermain Defoe (for Khazri, 72): Saw a low shot saved by McCarthy. Good chance. 6.

Lynden Gooch (for Watmore, 87): Too late to make an impact. 5

Steven Pienaar (for McNair, 87): Same as Gooch. 5

Unused Subs: Mika, O’Shea, Manquillo, Love.

Booked: Jones 64, Ndong 90

Goals: None

Southampton (4-2-3-1): McCarthy, 6, Yoshida, 6, Fonte (C), 7, Reed, 6, (Clasie, 82, 6) McQueen, 6, Hojbjerg, 7, Stephens, 6, Isgrove 6 (Redmond, 72, 6), Boufal 6, Ward-Prowse 6, Rodriguez 5 (Olomola, 26, 6)

Unused subs: Lewis, Austin, Martina, Van Dijk, Redmond.

Booked: Olomola 61

Goal: Boufal 66

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire): Denied Sunderland a late penalty shout, Anichebe the man who went down in the box. Moyes was furious. 5

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