How Sunderland's players rated at Southend United

Phil Smith's Sunderland AFC player ratings: 'Poor' and 'soft' performances earn THREE players 4s in dire Southend defeat

Sunderland fell to a disappointing defeat at Southend United - but how did their players perform?

A Chris Maguire penalty wasn't enough for the Wearsiders, who put in a drab performance at Roots Hall as their regular league season ended. And our Sunderland AFC writer Phil Smith has handed out his player ratings, with some unsurprisingly low marks. Scroll down and click through the pages to see who shone - and struggled - for the Black Cats at Southend:

Made an excellent block early on to deny Dru Yearwood but it was another game in which all he could do was pick the ball out the net. Let down by the defending in front of him again. 6

1. Jon McLaughlin - 6

Made an excellent block early on to deny Dru Yearwood but it was another game in which all he could do was pick the ball out the net. Let down by the defending in front of him again. 6
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90 minutes could be valuable ahead of the play-offs but he made little impression on the game, noticeably fading towards the end of the game. 5

2. Adam Matthews - 5

90 minutes could be valuable ahead of the play-offs but he made little impression on the game, noticeably fading towards the end of the game. 5
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Beaten too easily for the Southend goal as a corner dropped into a dangerous area. An opportunity missed to stake his claim for the play-off campaign. 4

3. Denver Hume - 4

Beaten too easily for the Southend goal as a corner dropped into a dangerous area. An opportunity missed to stake his claim for the play-off campaign. 4
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Sunderlands best defender in the main, winning most of his aerial duels. Errors across the backline continue to blight Jack Ross and his side, though. 6

4. Alim Ozturk - 6

Sunderlands best defender in the main, winning most of his aerial duels. Errors across the backline continue to blight Jack Ross and his side, though. 6
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