Sunderland 2 Crystal Palace 3: Player ratings, Jermain Defoe should not finish on losing side

Jermain Defoe scores for Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID
Jermain Defoe scores for Sunderland. Picture by FRANK REID
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Sunderland v Crystal Palace player ratings


Jordan Pickford: Decent early take from Benteke header and an even better one from Puncheon shot. Could do little with Palace goals. 6

Javier Manquillo: Didn't get forward enough, but when he did made an impact with the spadework for Defoe's second goal. Beaten too easily for cross which led to

Palace equaliser and conceded needless and costly free-kick at death. 5

Lamine Kone: Some jittery moments in the first half, but stronger in the second. 6

Papy Djilobodji: See Kone, also worth noting timely block on Cabaye in first-half stoppage time. 6

Patrick van Aanholt: Been some week for the left-back but loads of energy going forward and some timely work at the back, but was unlucky to deflect Joe Ledley

shot past Jordan Pickford. 6

Jan Kirchhoff: A couple of stray balls here and there but, otherwise, his customary steady self. Beaten by Benteke's header for late winner. 6

Lee Cattermole: Kept things ticking over and one incisive pass got Javier Manquillo forward in second half, which almost set up a third goal. Subbed late on. 6

Didier Ndong: First Stadium of Light start and got about park well in quite an advanced role. 6

Adnan Januzaj: Infuriating could be this fella's middle name, capable of great skill but what he does next drives you crackers. 5

Jermain Defoe: What can you say about this man? Barely gets a decent pass and when a chance comes finishes with aplomb. Two neat finishes with each foot, shouldn't have finished on losing side. 8

Steven Pienaar: Early exit through injury: 5


Duncan Watmore (for Piennar 15): Tenacious start lifted SoL and played his part in Defoe's scond with hard low cross. Loads of running. 6

Victor Anichebe (for Januzaj 86): Tried to make his presence felt, only to concede a couple of cheap fouls. N/A

Paddy McNair (for Cattermole 86): Should have been set up by van Aanholt but defender could not find him. N/A

Unused subs: Wahbi Khazri, Jason Denayer, Mika, John O'Shea

Goals: Defoe 39, 60


Mandandra 6, Ward 6, Delaney 6, Tomkins 6 Kelly 6 (Fryers 75, 6), Ledley 6, McArthur 7, Puncheon 7 (Lee 90), Cabaye (Wickham 73, 6), Townsend 7, Benteke 6

Unused subs: Hennessey, Wynter, Mutch, Sako

Goals: Ledley 61, McArthur 75, Benteke 90

Booked: Cabaye 45, Puncheon 72

Referee: Anthony Taylor. Too much whistle. 5

Attendance: 38, 941 (away 909)