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September 29, 2012 3:00 PM BST
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 37742‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-0 Wigan Athletic

Steven Fletcher scored the only goal of the game to give the Black Cats their first win in the Premier League this season while Jordi Gomez was sent off for the visitors

By Simon Sinclair at the Stadium of Light

  • Simon Mignolet
    10
    1
    3.50

    Simon Mignolet Top of the Match

    Two great saves in the first half to deny first Gomez, then Kone with a stop which could be save of the season as he reacted rapidly to turn the ball away from goal. Very good display.

  • Danny Rose
    0
    1
    3.00

    Danny Rose

    Played well down the left. The 22-year-old was solid in defence and showed his attacking prowess when raiding forward. His link-up play with McClean was not quite there and prevented more success on that side of the pitch.

  • John O'Shea
    1
    2
    2.50

    John O'Shea

    Was occasionally troubled by the threat of Kone especially when the Ivorian was running at goal. Was dominant in the air in his own box and caused a few problems for the Latics in an attacking sense at set-pieces.

  • Titus Bramble
    5
    0
    3.50

    Titus Bramble

    Had a good game and was probably Sunderland's best defender. He was strong in the tackle and his positioning was spot on as he always seemed to pick up the runs from deep which stopped attacks in their tracks.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    1
    1
    2.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    Set-pieces which are usually the best part of the Swede's game were not the best especially in the first half as he struggled to beat the first-man. His performance was a bit one-paced.

  • Craig Gardner
    1
    0
    2.00

    Craig Gardner

    Raided forward well, as he tried to support Johnson whenever he could. Had a few efforts from outside the area which nearly troubled Al-Habsi but his radar was slightly off today. He struggled to pick his man defensively and was often bailed out by Bramble behind him.

  • Jack Colback
    0
    1
    2.00

    Jack Colback

    Showed lots of drive and determination needed in the absence of Lee Cattermole but did not quite have the quality final product needed when he got into advanced positions with the ball.

  • Adam Johnson
    3
    0
    2.50

    Adam Johnson

    Did not have the best of games. He passed a late fitness test to play and looked out of sorts on the right as he often lost the ball in possession and his crossing never found a red and white shirt. Improved in the second half as he found more space in the Wigan half.

  • James McClean
    1
    1
    2.50

    James McClean

    Had a quiet first half as he failed to see much of the ball and when he did have possession he was not convincing. Stepped up in the second half as he gave Boyce a torrid time as he ran at him with pace and skill. His delivery was first-rate and he could have had several assists if the strikers attacked the ball.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    1
    0
    3.00

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Tried to get things going for the Black Cats and always seemed to find the right man when he needed to. However he could not be as effectual as he would have like as he was often forced to take the easy option when pushing forward. Came to live in the second half as he was afforded more room.

  • Steven Fletcher
    2
    0
    3.50

    Steven Fletcher

    Was initially starved of service as the Sunderland midfield just could not get him the ball in the box in the first half. His movement was often good as the Latics defence were forced to use a physical approach to stifle him which led to free-kicks around the box. Showed his predatory instincts to find the net for his fifth goal of the season.

Substitutions

  • David Vaughan
    1
    0

    David Vaughan

    Did not have much time to make an impact after replacing Johnson in the second half.

  • Ali Al Habsi
    3
    0
    2.50

    Ali Al Habsi

    Could do nothing to stop Fletcher's strike. His handling was solid and his kicking was accurate. He made the decision to punch the ball clear from corners which seemed to work out well for the Latics, as he got good distance on them.

  • Gary Caldwell
    0
    0
    2.50

    Gary Caldwell

    Was not convincing in his battle with Steven Fletcher, he gave as good as he got in the air and won some crucial headers. On the ground he was a bit more suspect and could not cope with the movement of the Scot.

  • Emmerson Boyce
    1
    0
    2.00

    Emmerson Boyce

    Had a good first half as he nullified the threat of McClean, however, he began to struggle with the Irishman in the second half as he started to up the ante and run at him. Tried to get going forward and put some decent crosses into the area, but that stopped when they went down to 10 men.

  • Iván Ramis
    0
    0
    2.50

    Iván Ramis

    Made a great block on the line to stop Larsson's free-kick creeping in. Tried to pick up Sessegnon when the Benin international dropped off the front and coped OK with that task in the first half but after the break he seemed to struggle with his pace and movement.

  • Maynor Figueroa
    1
    0
    2.50

    Maynor Figueroa

    Had a quiet if unspectacular game. He defended stoutly down the left as he and Beausejour often doubled up on Adam Johnson. Sunderland targeted him in the air but he seemed to cope with that task without problem.

  • James McCarthy
    1
    0
    3.00

    James McCarthy

    Tidy and tenacious. His passing was accurate in the middle of the park and he often made dangerous runs into the Sunderland half. He was not shy tackling either as he enjoyed a good battle against Colback.

  • Jordi Gómez
    1
    3
    1.00

    Jordi Gómez Flop of the Match

    Had a good first half as he was often on the ball and looked dangerous in the final third. Did well to rob Colback of the ball but was denied a goal by a great stop from Mignolet. Ruined his display as he was sent off for a reckless challenge on Rose.

  • James McArthur
    0
    0
    2.00

    James McArthur

    Showed glimpses of his ability but struggled at times to shield his back four. His passing was fine but often had to drop back to his defenders as he was pressured by the Sunderland midfield. Not his best game.

  • Jean Beausejour
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jean Beausejour

    Was a danger down the left as he gave Gardner a few problems with his pace. He put a lovely ball into the area for Kone which he should have scored from. His role became more defensive as the game wore on as he tracked back to stop Gardner pushing forward.

  • Arouna Kone
    0
    0
    2.00

    Arouna Kone

    Should have given his side the lead in the first half but was denied by a great save from Mignolet. He was always busy and on the move but his effect lessened as the game wore on and his service became sparse.

  • Shaun Maloney
    0
    3
    1.00

    Shaun Maloney

    Anonymous for most of the game. He did not really get to grips with the pace at all and was replaced in the second half by Di Santo, poor performance from the Scot.

Substitutions

  • Ryo Miyaichi
    13
    0

    Ryo Miyaichi

    No time to make an impact after coming on in the 90th minute.

  • Franco Di Santo
    1
    0
    2.00

    Franco Di Santo

    Had a quiet half after replacing Maloney but put himself about in a few robust challenges.

  • Callum McManaman
    0
    0

    Callum McManaman

    Did not have time to make an impact.

Results
 
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