Thorben Hoffmann save.

Sunderland AFC player ratings: Who shone and who struggled as TEN-MAN Cats beat Gillingham 2-1 in League One

The Black Cats faced the Gills this afternoon at Priestfield in League One – but how did Lee Johnson’s men rate?

Sunday, 17th October 2021, 7:55 am

There were three changes from the Portsmouth defeat.

In came Callum Doyle, Alex Pritchard and Dan Neil, with trio Bailey Wright, Leon Dajaku and Corry Evans missing out.

Neither Dajaku, Evans, Aiden McGeady, Lynden Gooch didn’t make Lee Johnson’s squad due to injury issues.

Gillingham took the lead through a Danny Lloyd penalty but O’Brien equalised in the dying embers of the first half after a poor showing from Sunderland.

Tom Flanagan then put Sunderland ahead in the second half before Elliot Embleton was shown a red card.

But Sunderland were able to hold on despite mammoth late pressure to win the League One game 2-1 at Priestfield.

But how did Sunderland’s players fare against Gillingham? Here, The Echo’s Joe Nicholson delivers his verdict on how Lee Johnson’s men rated at Priestfield.

A message from the Football Clubs Editor

Our aim is to provide you with the best, most up-to-date and most informative Sunderland AFC coverage 365 days a year.

This depth of coverage costs, so to help us maintain the high-quality reporting that you are used to, please consider taking out a subscription to our new sports-only package here.

Your support is much appreciated. Richard Mennear, Football Clubs Editor

Page 1 of 4