Sunderland 0 Watford 1: Yedlin and Toivonen struggle, but who scoops man of match gong?

Duncan Watmore in action for Sunderland
Duncan Watmore in action for Sunderland
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Sunderland remain deep in relegation trouble after a 1-0 home defeat to high-flying Watford at the Stadium of Light.

A fourth minute goal from Odion Ighalo was enough to separate the two sides, with Sunderland not posing a real threat until deep into the second half.

Who scooped the man of the match award? Richard Mennear gives his ratings below:

Sunderland (5-4-1):

Costel Pantilimon: 6: Could have done more to prevent opening goal. Made a smart diving save midway through first half to deny Capoue.

DeAndre Yedlin: 4. Suspect defensively and was hauled off after 19 minutes as Allardyce reverted to a flat-back four. Had given the ball away too often.

Sebastian Coates: 6. Was beaten to the ball by Ighalo for the opening goal, made a wonderful goal-line clearance though. Defended well against Ighalo's breaks second half.

John O'Shea: 5. Tough afternoon for the Sunderland defence. As a unit, they were torn apart in the opening half hour.

Billy Jones: 5: In for Younes Kaboul, who was out through illness. Caught out of position for the goal, improved when he moved to right-back.

Patrick van Aanholt: 5. Broke forward when the opportunity arose. One effort minutes into the second half was well wide though.

Yann M'Vila: 6. Not his finest game, lost possession too easily at times. Set pieces caused problems.

Ola Toivonen: 4. Poor from the Swede. He impressed at Arsenal but was way off the pace here. Fortunate not to be subbed. Marginally improved second half.

Duncan Watmore: 6. Worked hard, made a couple of good runs. Was crowded out though. Needed to provide more support to Fletcher up front and did second half. A threat.

Fabio Borini: 5 Not great from Borini, flashed one shot just wide of the post. Too many poor crosses though from good positions. Subbed early on.

Steven Fletcher: 6. Gave the ball away and wasn't a goal threat in the first half. Worked much harder second half, including one mazy run. No support though. Subbed.


Jack Rodwell (for Yedlin, 19): 7. Produced some clever turns, one crunching tackle early on. Powerful shot saved start of second half. Three high over the bar.

Adam Johnson (for Fabio Borini, 57): 6. A few passes overhit but showed some nice touches in the final third. Shot wide late on, really good chance.

Jermain Defoe (for Fletcher,72): 7. MOM. Was a big threat when he came on. Forced Gomes ino a fantastic save and flicked one effort just past the post.

Subs Not Used: Mannone, Matthews, Lens, Graham.

Booked: Rodwell (60)

Watford (4-2-3-1):

Gomes: 7

Nyom: 8

Cathcart: 7

Britos: 7

Ake: 7

Capoue: 7

Watson: 7

Abdi: 8

Deeney: 7

Jurado: 7

Ighalo: 8


Guedioura (for Abdi, 68): 6

Anya (for Jurado, 75):6

Subs Not Used: Arlauskis, Paredes, Berghuis, Diamanti, Oulare

Booked: None

Goals: Ighalo (4)

Referee: Graham Scott (Oxfordshire) Seemed loathe to give many free-kicks first half, especially to Sunderland....6/10

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