SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats’ defeat to Hull City today.
Pantilimon 6 - Caught out by bounce for the equaliser and then beaten at near post for Hull’s second.
Vergini 5 - Only passed a fitness test just before kick-off and it showed, albeit he was denied by a smart save from McGregor on stroke of half-time. (Buckley 6 - Made little impact in unfamiliar right-back role)
O’Shea 6 - Backed off Ramirez for the equaliser and let down by poor distribution in the second half.
Coates 5 - Distribution was awful in the second half as he repeatedly lumped harmless balls forward.
Jones 6 - Didn’t look particularly rusty after more than two months on the sidelines and supported Johnson well in the first half.
Cattermole 6 - Unable to exert any sense of control in the middle of the park and frustration got the better of him.
Larsson 6 - Bright in the first half, but the disease of sloppy giveaways proved to be contagious in the second half.
Gomez 6 - Uncharacteristically sloppy in possession and unable to get Sunderland’s passing game going in a dire second half. (Giaccherini 5 - Didn’t look anywhere near match-fit and was too easily picked off by Hull’s physical midfield).
JOHNSON 7 - Best player on the pitch in the first half, but given no service whatsoever to get in behind Hull after the break.
Alvarez 6 - Couple of flashes, but didn’t offer Sunderland the creative threat which had been hoped for. (Altidore 5 - Unable to make any impact against his former club).
Fletcher 6 - Looked sharp in the first half, but was limited by the abysmal service after the break.
HULL: McGregor 7, Chester 7, Bruce 6, Davies 6, Elmohamady 7, Rosenior 6, Meyler 7, Quinn 6, Ramirez 7 (Sagbo 6), Brady 6, Aluko 7.