Sunderland 1-1 QPR: Player Ratings as Aiden McGeady rescues Black Cats from soft opening goal

McGeady rescued Sunderland again with a fine goal
McGeady rescued Sunderland again with a fine goal
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Sunderland remain second bottom of the Championship after a 1-1 draw with QPR.

Here's how the Black Cats rated...

JASON STEELE

Made some good saves in the second half but boxed in far too easily by QPR for the first goal. Struggling to get off his line at set-pieces and not inspiring confidence. 5

ADAM MATTHEWS

Became the focus of fan ire early in the second half after some slack moments. Lost his man, and the ball, too often. 4

BILLY JONES

Pushed into an unfamiliar centre-back role as three of Grayson's preferred choices missed out through illness and injury. Some poor passes but generally performed well, was resolute and made some key early interceptions. 6

JOHN O'SHEA

A solid performance in defence with the visitors rarely able to expose his lack of pace on the turn. 6

BRYAN OVIEDO

One of many to lose his way in a dreadful opening to the second half. Either side of that defended well enough. 5

GEORGE HONEYMAN (Williams, 57)

Some good crosses in the first half but little influence when moved to the crucial number ten role in the second half. Good substitution from Grayson that improved Sunderland significantly. 5

DIDIER NDONG

Poor clearance under little pressure gave QPR the corner that put Sunderland behind. Not at his best on the ball or off it, sluggish for long periods of the game. 5

LEE CATTERMOLE

Much of the contest seemed to pass him by in the heart of midfield. Sunderland only really took hold of the game when Williams arrived in the central area. 5

AIDEN McGEADY

Left foot again bailed Sunderland out. Brilliant finish and unlucky that some of his excellent set-pieces weren't attacked better. Looked like he could force the winner in the latter stages. 7

JAMES VAUGHAN (Grabban, 45)

Taken on off at half-time after an ineffective first half performance. Dropped a touch deeper to accommodate Watmore's return but the pair couldn't make much impact with their link-up play. 5

DUNCAN WATMORE (McManaman, 78)

Won a corner 20 seconds in with a promising run behind the defence, but was unable to replicate it as the game progressed. Moved out to the wing in the second half and almost teed up Grabban. 6

Subs

LEWIS GRABBAN

Forced a good save from Smithies early in the second half but a peripheral figure for the remainder. 5

JONNY WILLIAMS

An excellent cameo, used the ball well and showed real attacking intent. Makes this team far more threatening on the ball. 7

CALLUM McMANAMAN 6

Unused: Ruiter, Williams, Love, Gibson, Gooch

QPR: Smithies, Bidwell, Lynch, Baptiste, Manning, Freeman, Scowen, Luongo, Wszolek (Osayi-Samuel, 75), Mackie (Washington, 67), Sylla

Subs: Lumley, Furlong, Smith, N'Gbakoto, Wheeler

Attendance: 26,066

Referee: Stephen Martin