Southampton 1 Sunderland 1: Late heartache but who scooped man of the match award?

Jan Kirchhoff impressed against Southampton
Jan Kirchhoff impressed against Southampton
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Former Sunderland target Virgil van Dijk scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser For Southampton to deny the Black Cats all three points.

Sub Jermain Defoe had given them an 85th minute lead but their hopes of a much-needed win and clean sheet were dashed late on.

Here are Richard Mennear's player ratings:

Sunderland (4-1-4-1):

Vito Mannone: Strong save to deny Tadic midway through first half, palming the ball over. Also saved from Van Dijk, Romeu too and Pelle late on....7

DeAndre Yedlin: Had his hands full with Tadic. Got forward when he could to support Borini. Tadic provided the cross late on for Van Dijk's equaliser...6

Younes Kaboul: Stand-in captain with O'Shea on bench and did well with some booming headers and timely interceptions. Defence just couldn't hold on....7

Lamine Kone: Defended well alongside Kaboul. Helped keep Pelle under wraps. Provided the assist for Defoe's goal....7

Patrick van Aanholt: Still big question marks over his defensive game. Too indecisive at times. Saw a free-kick saved......6

Jan Kirchhoff: Won a lot of second balls and again impressed in the holding midfield role. Helped nullify Saints threat. MOM.....8

Yann M'Vila: Quiet first half. Had more of an influence second half, pressed further forward for Sunderland......6

Jack Rodwell: Flashed a volley wide from a great position. Not as influential as against Crystal Palace. Played his part second half though....6

Wahbi Khazri: After an indifferent start, Khazri grew into the game and hit the post with a free-kick. Always looks a threat, from set pieces especially.....6

Fabio Borini: Should have shot earlier when put in by N'Doye first half. Saw a superb volley just dip over crossbar and shot saved by Forster. Superb workrate.....7

Dame N'Doye: Led the line in place of dropped Defoe. Didn't win many headers or impose himself on Saints back two. Offered little. Subbed.....5


Jermain Defoe (for N'Doye, 59): Great finish from close range. It wasn't enough though as Sunderland were pegged back late on...7

Seb Larsson (for Khazri, 76): Helped add some bite to the midfield....6

John O'Shea (for Kirchhoff, 90): Came on late to shore up the defence but Van Dijk struck a last-gasp equaliser...6

Subs Not Used: Pickford, Jones, Toivonen, Mandron

Booked: Khazri (foul, 11)

Goals: Defoe (85)

Southampton (4-3-3):

Fraser Forster: 7

Cuco Martina: 6

Jose Fonte: 5

Virgil Van Dijk: 7

Ryan Bertrand: 6

Steven Davies: 7

Oriol Romeu: 6

Jordy Clasie: 6

Sadio Mane: 6

Dusan Tadic: 7

Graziano Pelle: 6


Juanmi (for Clasie, 65): 6

James Ward-Prowse (for Davis, 65): 6

Maya Yoshida (for Mane, 82): 6

Subs Not Used: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Reed, Olomola.

Booked: Bertrand (foul, 8), Van Dijk (31, foul).

Sent off: Fonte (79)

Goals: Van Dijk (90)

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire) Kept the game flowing. Red card for Fonte was a straightforward decision....(6/10)

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