Sunderland 1 AFC Bournemouth 1: Patrick Van Aanholt scores again but who scooped man of the match?

Adam Johnson in action against AFC Bournemouth
Adam Johnson in action against AFC Bournemouth
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Patrick van Aanholt rescued a point for Sunderland after the Black Cats fell behind early to AFC Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland were awful in the opening 45 minutes but showed a big improvement to come away with a draw in the huge game at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

But who scooped the man of the match gong? Richard Mennear gives his ratings below:

Sunderland: (4-2-3-1)

Vito Mannone: Howler for Bournemouth's opening goal, weak hands couldn't stop Afobe header. Made a couple of saves after that....5/10

Billy Jones: Poor from Jones, struggled defensively and offered little going forward. Should have scored with one header though....5/10

Wes Brown: Benik Afobe had the better of the experienced Sunderland defenders, Brown struggled first half but grew into the game.....5/10

John O'Shea (C): Was beaten too easily by Afobe for the opener, allowed to get the header on target. Saw a first-half header saved. Better after the break....6/10

Patrick van Aanholt: MOM. Scored again! Two in two now for the flying Dutchman and a fine finish. Has been involved in four goals in last four league games. Impressed overall....7/10

Lee Cattermole: Struggled in the centre. Gave the ball away too many times and looked devoid of ideas in possession. Took more control after the break....6/10

Yann M'Vila: Similar to Cattermole, saw more of the ball though. Cherries midfield had far too much space. Improved second half doing the simple things well....6/10

Adam Johnson: Sunderland struggled going forward in the first half, with the midfield struggling to retain possession. Took more responsibility but needed better final ball....6/10

Jeremain Lens: Again in the No 10 role but not as influential as previous games. Struggled with his final ball and didn't link-up well with Defoe....5/10

Fabio Borini: Nice assist for van Aanholt's goal. Divided the Bournemouth defence. Saw a deflected shot saved by Boruc. Far from happy when he was subbed early....5/10

Jermain Defoe: Barely had a kick in the first half. Benik Afobe led the line superbly for Bournemouth up the other end. Service to Defoe was awful.....5/10


Duncan Watmore (for Fabio Borini, 66): Struggled to get into the game. Snatched at a lot....5/10

Jack Rodwell (for Lens, 88) Late sub to help shore up the point...5/10

Subs Not Used: Pickford, Coates, Yedlin, N'Doye, Fletcher.

Booked: Jones (foul, 89)

Goals: Van Aanholt (45)

AFC Bournemouth: (4-5-1)

Artur Boruc: 6

Adam Smith: 7

Simon Francis (C): 7

Steve Cook: 6

Charlie Daniels: 7

Dan Gosling: 7

Andrew Surman: 7

Harry Arter: 8

Marc Pugh: 6

Junior Stanislas: 7

Benik Afobe: 8


Matt Ritchie (for Pugh, 57): 6

Lewis Grabban (for Grabban, 64): 5

Glenn Murray (for Stanislas, 92): 5

Subs Not Used: Federici, Distin, O'Kane, Iturbe.

Booked: Surman (foul, 18)

Goals: Afobe (13)

Attendance: 41,367 (Bournemouth, 1,700)

Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire) Relatively quiet afternoon for the man in the middle...6/10