Powerless to stop Rodriguez's smart drive from beating him inside five minutes. Had to be on his toes to make a number of saves and keep Southampton's tally down.
Lacked composure when he needed it most, giving the ball away in dangerous areas all too often in the opening period. Appeared to have overcome any jitters in the second period though and gave Johnson some much needed support going forward.
Seemed shaky in the opening period as he made his home league debut. Wasn't given much protection by Borini and as a result often found himself outnumbered. Looked more composed as the game wore on though and ended strongly.
Like a number of his team-mates, the former Manchester United defender started the game on the wrong foot as careless clearances and poor marking saw him contribute directly to his side going behind.
Remained one of Sunderland's more consistent performers throughout as he dealt with dangerous ball into the area and was regularly well placed to produce important interceptions.
Evidently looking to continue his role as Sunderland's saviour after last weekend, the winger was constantly caught in possession trying too much in tight areas. Produced one of Sunderland's best moments with the cross for Borini's goal and continued his purple patch with the leveller.
Incurred the wrath of the home fans on numerous occasions for a perceived lack of effort but in truth the Korean was constantly outnumbered in midfield. His frustration began to get the better of him and was rightly booked for a poor challenge on Cork.
A really sloppy performance from the Swede who struggled with even the basics in the centre of the park. His withdrawal in the second half was met with cheers from the home fans, which tells you all you need to know about his performance.
Once again failed to forge a productive partnership with Ki in the middle for Sunderland, losing the ball with unnecessary passes and picking up a booking for a petulant swipe at Rodriguez. Perhaps more industrious in the second half but his withdrawal was still greeted with relief by home fans.
Left isolated up top as Sunderland failed to get any real service to the American. Was left to feed off scraps but showed off his strength when given the opportunity to mix it with the Saints defenders - which unfortunately was all too infrequent.
Didn't aid his side at all on the defensive front and often left Alonso exposed on the left. Did take his goal well and looked a threat going forward but will be disappointed with his overall contribution.
Appeared to get a hand to Borini's effort but couldn't keep it out and didn't fare any better with Johnson's effort that beat him at his near post. Looked to be carrying an injury as he attempted to see out the final stages of the game.
Took his goal well as he beat Brown to Davis' corner to steer home, but didn't look all that secure when Sunderland cranked up the gears in the second period. Was substituted after suffering what looks like a serious injury.
Enjoyed the freedom down the right in the first half as Borini failed to track him. Didn't have as much joy in the second period as focus switched to defensive duties, but was still able to test the Sunderland keeper from range.
Largely redundant in the opening period as Sunderland failed to muster any sort of sustained pressure. Was unlucky not to get himself on the scoresheet with a powerful header .
Wouldn't give Johnson a moments rest as he attempted to close all avenues on the Black Cats' right wing. Will have been disappointed to have allowed in the cross that led to Sunderland's goal however and was beaten a bit too easily for the second goal.
Didn't feature as predominantly as he has done in recent weeks but was still a threat with the ball at his feet. Didn't quite have the impact in the second half Pochettino would have hoped for though and was subbed for Ramirez.
Along with the rest of his team, the Frenchman was the beneficiary of some non-existent closing down from the home side and was afforded the opportunity time and again to set attacks in motion. Showed fine battling skills to provide the knockdown for Rodriguez to open the scoring.
Continually mopped up the loose balls in the middle of the park and was able to recycle them into threatening attacks all too easily due to a lack of pressure from the Sunderland midfield.
Enjoyed a lot of space on the right as Sunderland left their flank exposed and was helped by the movement of those in front of him. Proved a threat from set pieces too, as demonstrated by the Saints' second goal.
Took his goal expertly as he controlled Schneiderlin's knock down to slam the ball past Mannone from outside the area. Continued to have the better chances for the Saints but couldn't take any of them, thwarted by Mannone at every turn.
Sights at goal were few and far between for the England striker but he should have down better in the opening half when played through. Showed his unselfish side in his partnership with Rodriguez but would perhaps have been better off taking the chances himself on occasions.