The Italian had nothing of merit to do, but almost gave goal away. John O'Shea's tame backpass was cleared by the goalkeeper into the back of Jay Rodriguez, and the ball somehow went narrowly wide. He had a quiet game otherwise.
Looked assured as his fitness progresses. Hardly's put a foot wrong. He was involved in the build-up to Bardsley's goal, a header back into the box from which Altidore almost profited.
The stand-in left-back had an interesting first half tussle with Calum Chambers and came out second. However, the defender scored the opener, blasting home from three yards.
His crossing was a bit hit-and-miss. He produced a sublime effort which found Emanuele Giaccherini, but he spurned his chance. His next cross found the opposing goalkeeper.
The captain looked less assured than his centre-back partner. There were times when he needed assistance to back him up. it was his backpass which almost brought an equaliser.
The little Italian somehow kicked the ball with his standing leg in the first half. Still not sure how he did it, but the ball in the end went out of play for a goal kick.
Linked up well with right-back Ondrej Celustka and tried in vain to make something happen. It was his free kick from which the goal came from. His crossing let him down on more than one occasion.
Should have opened the scoring after volleying Altidore's flick-on straight at Kelvin Davis. A foot either side and it was in. Only other chance of merit was a feeble second half free kick. which is still rising.
Industrious performance by the midfielder. Back in his preferred position after Gus Poyet moved him from left-back and has not looked back. Tried every trick in the book to make something happen in a very tame first half. Moved back to left-back to fill in for an injury, and didn't put a foot wrong.
The Swansea loanee had a shocker. He overhit a simple ball to Giaccherini to the dismay of the fans and was also booked for a pull back. He produced a brilliant interception and clearance as the game drew closer to the end.
The American needs a goal to get his campaign up and running and came close a few times in the first half. Really should have scored with his first effort, but it was a very tame left-footed shot straight at the goalkeeper. Almost scored, but found Davis too good, keeping his header out. However, that was only to Bardsley who powered home. He also assisted Sebastian Larsson.
Like his opposite number, he had a quiet first half. He got lucky when the referee gave a foul on him when Altidore clattered him. Great save from the American in the second half, but he only palmed it to Phil Bardsley, who blasted home from close range.
The left-back was turned inside by Altidore in the first half and Sunderland nearly scored because of it, but made up for it with a decent display.
Like his centre-back partner, he too, at times, found the American almost unplayable. He can count himself unlucky as just failed to keep Bardsley's close range finish from sneaking over the line. He made up for it with an assist for Yoshida's goal.
Impressive showing from the young Saint. Held his own against the experience Phil Bardsley and just about won his battle. He defended stoutly and supported the attack when he could.
He found Jozy Altidore hard to mark, but did it with a greater ease than some defenders this season. Pulled a goal back late on for the Saints with a thumping header.
Broke up play well in the first half and found Gaston Ramirez in space with great vision and guile, but found Jack Colback too much for him when he pulled him back receiving a yellow card. It was that free kick which Sunderland's goal came from.
Spurned a great chance in the first half when he blazed over from inside the box. He had an indifferent game.
Another young Saint who didn't put a foot wrong. He wasn't afraid to get stuck in.
The midfielder linked up with Jack Cork. He was tidy in possession, but made way halfway through the second half.
Very likable player. Never stopped running and linked up with Tadanari Lee and Gaston Ramirez with ease.
His finishing let him down on more than one occasion in the first half and was subbed early on in the second half.