Had little to do beyond palming away a Murray effort in the second half. Did not come under any real pressure or aerial bombardment he perhaps expected.
Dealt with Ince effectively throughout and was a constant threat going forward. Picked out a fabulous through ball to set Johnson away.
Was neat and tidy as you'd expect of the Spaniard and had a good effort saved by Speroni in the first half but his influence waned as the game went on.
Put in some crucial blocks during rare moments of Palace pressure. Along with Brown, kept Murray quiet with ease.
Good performance by the ex-Utd man, had very little to do but was solid throughout.
Great effort by the defender, tried to drive Sunderland on and give them width in the first half.
Sunderland's brightest player throughout, constantly looking to beta his man or cut in and have a shot. Put in plenty of decent crosses but no one was able to convert any of them.
Put in plenty of good deliveries from dead-ball situations but in open play was fairly quiet and was duly subbed on the hour.
Sunderland's brightest player in the first half, always looking to create something and almost scored a stunning 30-yard volley to break the deadlock.
A constant menace to the Palace back four, popping up all over the place but was guilty of missing on of his sides best chances when he headed it straight at Speroni from a good position.
Not his best afternoon. Struggled to impose himself on the game and went off injured at half time.
Good afternoon for the Palace stopper, saved well from Borini and Alonso but was never really stretched. Did rush out of his area and almost got caught out but Brown was there to save him embarrassment.
Standard game from the Irishman, strong in the air and tidy when on the ball. Was caught out by Borini's quick feet at times and could have been punished.
Was booked within the opening 10 minutes and did well to stay out of trouble. Helped stop the threat of Larsson and looked good on the ball.
Solid enough but didn't offer anything going forward. However, he did make a an important tackle on Altidore preventing the American from bursting through on goal in the second half.
Together with Delaney he helped form a solid defensive barrier all afternoon. Not overly troubled and kept Fletcher and Altidore quiet throughout.
Did not have his best afternoon - and let his frustration out on the referee quite a few times - but kept things simple when given the ball.
Very quiet performance from one of Palace's best players this season. This match was all about defending and he was well marked by Bardsley.
Never shirked his defensive duties but wasn't as good on the ball as usual. Made plenty of silly fouls and never really created anything meaningful.
Quiet performance from the January signing. Palace would have expected him to carry a real threat down the wing but he offered very little and was substituted on the hour.
Unable to pick the passes or cause the Sunderland back line any real problems. Forced deeper and deeper as he looked for space.
Starved of service all game. Tried his best to lead the line but Brown and O'Shea dealt with him effectively.