The Sunderland player grades for the season so far after an impressive start to life in League One
Sunderland travel to Portsmouth on Saturday with a big chance to cut the gap to the top of the table.
The Black Cats are well placed for a promotion push as the season approaches the midway point, so we've run the rule over the squad to grade their efforts so far.
1. JON McLAUGHLIN
Won his team valuable points with some outstanding saves. Concentration has been excellent in quieter games and his distribution rarely falters. A*
2. ROBBIN RUITER
Very little league action but has done his job in the Checkatrade Trophy. Did superbly against Stoke City U21s and made some good saves in other games. C
3. ADAM MATTHEWS
Sluggish start to the campaign but in recent weeks has recaptured the form that made him so highly-rated at Celtic. Suddenly one of the first names on the teamsheet and a potent attacking weapon. A-
4. DONALD LOVE
Would have hoped to make this his breakthrough season but has endured awful luck with injury. Remains some way off a comeback. D