Was rarely troubled, with his only major involvement being to save an Obinna free-kick and claim two crosses.
Did well to cover for Mensah, after his centre-back partner had given away possession, by snatching the ball off Cole as he looked to race into the area. But should have done better to close down Spector late on in the first half when the Hammer raced through on goal. The defender took a few risks, none more so than when he looked to have picked up an injury after attempting to knock the ball past Boa Morte on the right.
The Scotland international got forward frequently down the left but was slightly hindered by playing on his weaker side, often having to switch onto his right foot to get a cross in.
Played a part in the opener as he launched the ball downfield for Gyan to race onto. The on-loan defender was keen to get forward and was always an outlet down the right-hand side to combine with Henderson.
He’s played at left-back, right midfield, left midfield and in the hole behind the striker this season. He played in the centre of midfield against the Hammers and pulled the strings for the Black Cats, allowing Henderson and Welbeck get forward down either wing. The midfielder did a decent job keeping hold of possession, although his shooting was erratic at times.
The injury-prone Ghanaian made a mistake midway through the first half and presented a chance for Cole, but he couldn’t capitalise. He didn’t look fully fit but still managed to put in a decent display.
The England international failed to sparkle on his Three Lions debut, but put a real shift in for Sunderland. He began on the right side of midfield to accommodate Richardson in the centre, and was always eager to get forward, putting in a fantastic delivery moments before grabbing his first goal of the season with a fine finish. Not quite as effective in the second half, but nevertheless, a great display. Replaced late on.
He has already been sent off twice this season, and he was in the book again on just nine minutes after catching Boa Morte with a mistimed tackle. The Black Cats skipper had to be wary of his challenges from that point on, but responded well by firing Sunderland’s first attempt on goal moments later and putting in a decent display overall.
After a fine run of goalscoring form since he broke into the Sunderland starting line-up, the Ghanaian was awarded a start alongside Bent. He supplied the assist for Henderson’s goal and moments later went ever so close with a deft chip that hit the crossbar, although he may have meant to pick out a team-mate with his cross/shot. A lively display from the Ballon d’Or contender. Subbed in the last minute.
The in-form youngster on loan from Man Utd was shifted out to the left wing with both Bent and Gyan starting. He always looked to cut inside and get as far forward as possible, causing problems as he made up an extra front man alongside the two striker. Another good performance, and could have grabbed a goal had it not been for Tomkins’ block late on.
Had a quiet game by his standards, firing just the one shot at goal before being subbed late on.
Could do little about Henderson’s goal as his defence parted in front of him. Raced out to the edge of his area in the second half to clear the danger with Gyan approaching. Pulled off another couple of good saves to keep his side within a chance of stealing something.
The England international was caught too high up the pitch as Henderson crept in to put Sunderland ahead. But an otherwise steady display from the centre-back.
The youngster thought Gyan was offside in the build up to the opener, and couldn’t close down the Ghanaian quick enough to prevent his cross. The defender otherwise did a splendid job at centre-back, putting in a number of blocks, tackles and headers.
Started in an unfamiliar left-back position again. He was sucked in too much for the opener and was unable to get in the way of Henderson’s strike. Dug out a decent cross moments into the second half, but there was nobody there to meet it.
Impressed in midweek in a midfield role against Man Utd, and he was given the same role again. The American showed good strength and dribbling ability in the middle of the park, a performance that is sure to raise doubts as to whether Avram Grant will bring back Mark Noble when he returns.
T. Ben Haim
On the right of the unorthodox four centre-backs playing across the defence, Ben-Haim had a solid game. The Israeli put in a crucial header after Henderson’s pinpoint cross in the first half to clear the danger. Replaced late on.
The temperamental winger was lucky not to receive a straight red card in the seventh minute after going in two-footed on Richardson, but he escaped with just a booking. Unable to create too much for his team-mates from midfield. Subbed in the 69th minute.
Played on the right side of midfield, but was more defensive than attacking as he looked to prevent Bardsley and Welbeck combining down the left. Subbed in the second half.
Overcame a chest infection to start in the centre of midfield. The former Chelsea man combined well with Dyer at times and was handed a slightly more withdrawn role, sitting back much more than usual to allow Spector to get forward. The driving force again in the Hammers midfield, but was lacking options when he looked up for a pass. Booked in the 90th minute for a foul on Gyan.
The forward was gifted a golden chance from Mensah in the first half but showed too much of the ball to the last defender, Ferdinand, and the opportunity went begging. Booked for a poor challenge on Mensah, an act which summed up his rather lackadaisical first-half performance. However, his effort improved in the second half, flashing a shot narrowly wide of the post and harrying defenders, although he could have been giving a second yellow when his stray elbow caught Mensah.
- 29 M. Stech
- 2 W. Reid
- 14 R. Kováč
The Frenchman came on as a late substitute but was unable to make an impact in the little time he was on the pitch.
On in the second half for Dyer. Gave Sunderland another player to deal with up front, but couldn’t provide the spark that was needed.
- 12 P. Barrera
After replacing Boa Morte the Jamaican produced a neat bit of footwork in the box but was unable to carve out a chance.