Sunderland beaten again at home, but who shone in defeat to Southampton? Player ratings from Saints defeat

Duncan Watmore in full flow
Duncan Watmore in full flow
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Sunderland went down 1-0 at home to Southampton to leave them four points from safety going into the international break.

A Dusan Tadic penalty after a silly foul from Yann M'Vila was enough to seal the win for Ronald Koeman's side as Sunderland made it back-to-back defeats.

Sam Allardyce

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Who stood out for Sunderland? Richard Mennear gives his ratings below.

Costel Pantilimon: 7, MOM. Great save to deny Tadic 15 minutes in, out quick and spread himself well. Saved well from Mane five minutes later too. Didn't make any mistakes.

Billy Jones: 6, Made a couple of important blocks. Rarely got forward though, Allardyce keen to keep it tight at the back.

Younes Kaboul (c): 7, Marshalled the defence well on his return from injury, took the captain's armband. Just about managed to contain Pelle.

Sebastian Coates: 6, Caught sleeping for Tadic's 15th minute effort, Pantilimon rescued him. More assured after that though. Brilliant block on the line to deny Davis.

DeAndre Yedlin: 6, Restricted going forward as SAFC played flat back four. Defensively much better, won his share of headers too. Very brave to deny Mane on the line second half.

Yann M’Vila: 5, Marshalled the midfield well and provided cover defensively, much more successfully than at Everton. Undid his good work with silly penalty conceded for foul on Bertrand.

Jordi Gomez: 5, In for Lee Cattermole ahead of Jack Rodwell. Didn't really impact the game too much. Subbed for Defoe midway through second-half.

Ola Toivonen 4: Very poor. Offered little. One shot in the first half was particularly horrendous, the linesman almost having to make a save. Subbed at half-time.

Adam Johnson: 5, Struggled to get into the game and provide any danger from the flanks first half. Brighter second half after being moved behind Fletcher. Free-kick curled just wide.

Duncan Watmore: 5, Bright from the off, with the crowd fully behind him, faded after that though. Worked hard but looked a little raw. Pushed up front alongside Defoe later. Tough full debut.

Steven Fletcher: 5, Isolated up front. Worked hard. Not much support. Had a battle against former Sunderland target Virgil Van Dijk.


Fabio Borini (for Toivonen, 45), 6: Looked bright when he came on, saw a half-volley well saved.

Jack Rodwell (for Fletcher, 70), 5: Bizarre substitution, with Fletcher coming off and Rodwell on when Sunderland were a goal down. Didn't do much.

Jermain Defoe (for Gomez, 74), 5: Came on up front alongside Watmore.

Subs Not Used: Mannone (gk), van Aanholt, Brown, Lens.

Booked: (Johnson, 44)

Southampton (4-1-4-1)

Stekelenburg 6, Yoshida 6, Fonte (c) 7, Van Dijk 7, Bertrand 7, Ward-Prowse 6, Clasie 6, S. Davis 7, Mané 7, Tadić 8, Pellè 6.


Romeu (for Clasie, 78), 6.

Juanmi (for Mane, 83), 6.

Caulker (for Tadic, 90), 6.

Subs Not Used: Davis (gk), Cédric, Martina, Seager

Booked: Mane (12), Bertrand (74), Pelle (90)

Goals: Tadic (penalty, 69)

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire) Got the penalty decision correct, it was a silly error of judgement by M'Vila. Steady game. 6/10

Attendance: Attendance: 41,781 (941 Saints fans)