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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.

Won his team valuable points with some outstanding saves. Concentration has been excellent in quieter games and his distribution rarely falters. A*

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*
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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

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
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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-

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-
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Would have hoped to make this his breakthrough season but has endured awful luck with injury. Remains some way off a comeback. D

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
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