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Luke O'Nien.

'Underlined his value': Phil Smith's player ratings as Sunderland leave it late to claim big win over Ipswich Town

Sunderland left it late to claim a big win over promotion rivals Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light – but how did each player fare for Lee Johnson's side?

By Phil Smith
Saturday, 20th November 2021, 5:38 pm

The Black Cats didn’t see much of the ball, particularly in the second half, but took the lead five minutes from time when Luke O’Nien headed home Alex Pritchard’s in-swinging corner.

Sunderland added a second goal in stoppage-time when they were awarded a penalty and Aiden McGeady converted from the spot.

The result moves the Black Cats back into the play-off places, with games in hand on the sides above them, after a run of three consecutive league defeats.

Johnson’s side now face back-to-back away games at Shrewsbury and Cambridge but will take confidence after getting back to winning ways.

Our chief Sunderland writer Phil Smith has delivered his verdict on how each player fared at the Stadium of Light:

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