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March 10, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ A. Taylor‎
Attendance:‬ 41661‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-0 Liverpool

Nicklas Bendtner condemns Dalglish's men to third consecutive Premier League defeat with second-half goal as Reds' hopes of securing a Champions League place begin to fade

By Rob Stewart at the Stadium of Light

  • Simon Mignolet
    19
    9
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    The Belgian's goal was only seriously threatened when he misjudged a Charlie Adam free-kick and was nearly caught out.

  • Phil Bardsley
    15
    7
    3.00

    Phil Bardsley

    The Scotland defender got the better of Craig Bellamy with a disciplined and determined show.

  • Wayne Bridge
    16
    6
    3.00

    Wayne Bridge

    The on-loan Manchester City defender was making his first Premier League start in 10 months but it hardly showed because he looked comfortable.

  • Michael Turner
    33
    8
    4.00

    Michael Turner Top of the Match

    He was once tipped to join Liverpool during his Hull days and he showed why as he marked his 100th Premier League appearance with an imperious performance

  • John O'Shea
    29
    5
    3.50

    John O'Shea

    He played with a broken hand but he made sure that Luis Suarez was never given the chance to be a handful for Liverpool.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    26
    4
    3.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    England beware, the way the Swede works up and down the wing suggests he will be a menace to the Three Lions at Euro 2012.

  • Craig Gardner
    16
    7
    3.50

    Craig Gardner

    He was always a willing outlet for his defence and drove deep into enemy territory with plenty of purpose.

  • Jack Colback
    17
    6
    3.50

    Jack Colback

    He gave the Sunderland midfield a thrust that Liverpool were lacking thanks to his high-energy game.

  • James McClean
    17
    11
    3.00

    James McClean

    His battle with Martin Kelly was an intriguing one and it is fair to say the winger met his match in the Reds defender.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    26
    5
    3.50

    Fraizer Campbell

    The former Manchester United striker showed why he is in the frame for Euro 2012 with a lively performance and he played a crucial role in the decisive goal.

  • Nicklas Bendtner
    64
    7
    3.50

    Nicklas Bendtner

    The on-loan Arsenal striker finally seems to be finding his feet on Wearside and as well as taking his goal well he led the line energetically before leaving the field on a stretcher.

Substitutions

  • David Vaughan
    9
    8
    3.00

    David Vaughan

    He did his bit to make the points safe as Liverpool pressed for an equaliser.

  • Connor Wickham
    10
    3
    0.00

    Connor Wickham

    The England Under-21 striker did not have enough time to make an impact

  • Pepe Reina
    11
    50
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    You make your own luck and even though there was a touch of good fortune about the Sunderland goal, the stand-in skipper will know he should have done better.

  • José Enrique
    23
    37
    3.00

    José Enrique

    The former Newcastle left-back shrugged off the boo-boys to produce a neat and tidy display.

  • Sebastián Coates
    35
    89
    2.00

    Sebastián Coates Flop of the Match

    He looked like an accident waiting to happen and even struggled to get the simple things right on a day that does not bode well for his Premier League prospects.

  • Martin Kelly
    15
    43
    2.50

    Martin Kelly

    The right-back plays like an out-of-position centre-half and as well as struggling to contain James McClean he offered little going forward.

  • Martin Skrtel
    30
    27
    2.50

    Martin Skrtel

    His failure to stop Fraizer Campbell proved costly as Sunderland took the lead and he looked ill at ease alongside Coates.

  • Jordan Henderson
    18
    49
    2.50

    Jordan Henderson

    The fact he received more applause from Sunderland fans than their Liverpool counterparts when he was substituted said it all really.

  • Jay Spearing
    47
    31
    3.50

    Jay Spearing

    The anchorman called the shots in midfield and shielded his defence with plenty of purpose.

  • Charlie Adam
    15
    72
    2.50

    Charlie Adam

    There was plenty of perspiration but not enough inspiration from the Scot who failed to capitalise on plenty of possession and was hauled off midway through the second half.

  • Luis Suárez
    24
    54
    2.50

    Luis Suárez

    If Sunderland fans tried to knock him out of his stride with their booing then they succeeded because little went right for the Uruguayan.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    37
    28
    3.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    He worked his socks off but did not have enough guile to break down the Sunderland defence.

  • Craig Bellamy
    18
    41
    2.50

    Craig Bellamy

    He started brightly but faded badly and looked increasingly peripheral when he went off midway through the second half.

Substitutions

  • Steven Gerrard
    49
    23
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool were beyond saving even when their saviour entered the fray.

  • Stewart Downing
    18
    38
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    The winger hardly had the chance to get going.

  • Andy Carroll
    21
    45
    2.50

    Andy Carroll

    The former Newcastle skipper failed to make an impact.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0