The Dane was never pressured into action during the first-half, with Sunderland failing to get any sort of effort on target. In the second the ‘keeper was tested just the once to full effect, but unfortunately was Mclean’s winner that he might have done better in covering.
Not a bad game but didn’t do enough to get the play forward and keep McLean from going on dangerous runs.
Dealt with Larsson well enough to deny the Swede with any opportunities to cross the ball and got rid of the ball efficiently enough to put his side on the front-foot when possible.
Not too bad a performance from the defender, but was a main culprit in the Sunderland opener after failing to deal with McLean’s breakthrough into the box and his pressure only managed to make the midfielder stumble before scoring.
The German was doing a decent job at the back until the former Chelsea man’s rash challenge on Meyler that saw him handed a straight red card from the referee. The defender might of felt hard done by, but the tackle was a rather callous one.
Another player for the host that had little influence on the game. The midfielder made some good passes with some effective tackling on the way, but in the end wasn’t good enough.
Largely ineffectual and failed to really get the ball forward to the attackers.
The winger was up to his usual bag of tricks down the right flank, but failed to make them work, with the former Liverpool man’s crossing not up to scratch and lost possession on too many occasions. Was replaced just before the break as a consequence of Huth’s sending off.
Brought back into midfield, the attacker had a subtle display as he rarely got involved too much and couldn’t particularly influence the game.
A poor display from the big man up top who never really got going and didn’t threaten Mignolet’s goal once.
Didn’t make half-time thanks to an ankle injury and failed to make much of his time on the pitch.
Was never truly threatened by the Potters’ attackers, but made the saves when required and kept a well-earned clean-sheet.
A solid performance at the back with a great deal of effective tackling and clearances.
The Irishman’s day was marred only by a needless yellow card for dissent and was a strong force at the back for Sunderland who did his job as it should be done.
The full-back was a particular highlight for the visitors with the defender getting forward regularly and creating attacking moves for the Black Cats with a decent amount of success.
A good all round display that saw the right-back see off his opposite number in Walters, leaving the attacker frustrated.
The goalscorer made the single most important contribution to the game, taking his chance perfectly, even shaking off pressure from Shawcross to place the ball past Sorenson.
Was the victim of a harsh challenge from Huth, but it didn’t stop him from having a good game, moving the ball well and keeping it clear of the Stoke attackers.
Not a great display from the man who was put up top on his own whilst Marin O’Neill rest Frazier Campbell, failing to really test Sorenson with the chances he had. His only contribution was key though in feeding McLean for the goal.
The youngster had a fairly decent game, if a quiet one. The midfielder made some good passes and helped play move forward.
A fairly successful game from midfielder who got the ball about and wasn’t shy to get himself forward.
The Swede didn’t have the best game of his career and failed to really get himself in the game, but made some good passing moves and was tireless throughout.
- 1 A. Begović
Came on as a consequence of Huth’s dismissal and did reasonably well, but not enough to keep the visitors from scoring.
Arrived late in the game to an avail.
- 15 S. Diao
- 18 D. Whitehead
- 9 K. Jones
Came on for the injured Jerome and did fairly ineffectively.