How Sunderland players rated at Portsmouth

Phil Smith's Sunderland AFC player ratings: 'Exceptional' Jon McLaughlin thwarts Portsmouth to seal Wembley return

Sunderland have sealed their spot in the League One play-off final - but how did their players rate?

Our Sunderland AFC writer Phil Smith has dished out his player ratings - with some big praise across the board. Scroll down and click through the pages to see who shone - and struggled - for the Black Cats at Portsmouth:

Exceptional. One outstanding block from Gareth Evans and though he would have expected to save the others, it was his complete calm and command of the box that made the difference. 9

1. Jon McLaughlin - 9

Exceptional. One outstanding block from Gareth Evans and though he would have expected to save the others, it was his complete calm and command of the box that made the difference. 9
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Yet again stood tall in an unfamiliar position. Gave nothing up and got forward when he could in the second half. Very good in the air. 7

2. Luke O'Nien - 7

Yet again stood tall in an unfamiliar position. Gave nothing up and got forward when he could in the second half. Very good in the air. 7
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Saw off Oli Hawkins with a now typically combative defensive performance. A key display to deliver an outstanding clean sheet in such a high-pressure game. 8

3. Alim Ozturk - 8

Saw off Oli Hawkins with a now typically combative defensive performance. A key display to deliver an outstanding clean sheet in such a high-pressure game. 8
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Did the basics superbly and never strayed from position. Excellent contribution to a superb rearguard. 7

4. Tom Flanagan - 7

Did the basics superbly and never strayed from position. Excellent contribution to a superb rearguard. 7
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