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September 15, 2012 5:30 PM WAT
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 41997‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-1 Liverpool

Black Cats continue unbeaten start to the season but couldn't hold on for win after Steven Fletcher's first-half strike was cancelled out by a goal from Luis Suarez after the break

By Simon Sinclair

  • Simon Mignolet
    11
    5
    3.50

    Simon Mignolet

    Made a good save to deny Borini in the first half as he got down well to his right. Commanded his area well and his handling was excellent while his distribution was solid. Could do nothing for Suarez’s strike.

  • Danny Rose
    1
    11
    1.50

    Danny Rose Flop of the Match

    Had an inconsistent debut at times he was troubled by the chance of pace of Raheem Sterling and gave away free kicks in dangerous areas as a result which could have been costly. Skinned by Sterling which resulted in Liverpool's equaliser

  • John O'Shea
    7
    6
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    Had a solid game for the Black Cats as he didn’t seem troubled by much that Liverpool threw his way. The former Manchester United man was dominant in the air and organised the Black Cats back-line well.

  • Carlos Javier Cuéllar
    3
    7
    2.00

    Carlos Javier Cuéllar

    Soft header back to Mignolet could have been costly fortunately for him Borini missed his chance. Wasn’t convincing in his time on the pitch and may have been carrying an injury as he was subbed at half-time.

  • Lee Cattermole
    7
    5
    3.50

    Lee Cattermole

    Controlled the midfield for Sunderland with his physical play and used the ball extremely well as he showcased a good array of passing as always seemed to bring Larsson and McClean into the game.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    2
    4
    2.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    Drifted in and out of the game, as the pace at times seemed to be too much for him. He defended well against Johnson who provided danger on the overlap but didn’t produce a great deal going forward himself.

  • Craig Gardner
    4
    2
    3.50

    Craig Gardner

    Defended well against the threat of Suarez and always seemed to be in the right position which O’Neill would be delighted with considering it’s not his usual role. He raided forward extremely well and provided a sublime cross for Fletcher’s goal.

  • Jack Colback
    4
    4
    2.50

    Jack Colback

    Didn’t have the best of the starts but his confidence seemed to grow with the team, as he became more adventurous. Found it difficult to link up with Rose as they tried to forge a new partnership down the left.

  • James McClean
    3
    3
    3.00

    James McClean

    Didn’t have the best of the starts but his confidence seemed to grow with the team, as he became more adventurous. Found it difficult to link up with Rose as they tried to forge a new partnership down the left.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    3
    3
    2.00

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Started off slowly but gradually grew into the game. Didn't see as much of the ball as he would have liked. He tried to get Sunderland going forward but on more than one occasion he over-hit his final ball.

  • Steven Fletcher
    5
    5
    3.50

    Steven Fletcher

    Didn’t have the best of the starts but his confidence seemed to grow with the team, as he became more adventurous. Found it difficult to link up with Rose as they tried to forge a new partnership down the left.

Substitutions

  • Titus Bramble
    2
    3
    2.00

    Titus Bramble

    Replaced Cuellar at half-time and was to blame for Liverpool’s equaliser as he failed to clear the ball after Sterling had whipped his cross into the area.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    2
    2
    2.00

    Fraizer Campbell

    Came on late in the second-half and misplaced passes which didn't help the tiring legs of his team-mates. Could have done better when Sessegnon played him through but poor first touch took him away from goal.

  • Louis Saha
    3
    1

    Louis Saha

    Late arrival in the second half and couldn't make much on an impact.

  • Pepe Reina
    14
    13
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Could do nothing to stop Fletcher’s goal as he was beaten by the pace of the cross. Had a decent game apart as he was rarely tested by the Black Cats.

  • Glen Johnson
    18
    9
    2.50

    Glen Johnson

    Raided well down the left and could have scored but saw his effort clatter the crossbar. Defending was slightly suspect as he allowed Gardner to run past him and cross for Fletcher. Improved as the game wore on.

  • Daniel Agger
    22
    8
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    Had a solid game, as he won most of his challenges against the threat of Fletcher. Distributed the ball well and was always a threat at set-pieces.

  • Martin Kelly
    16
    9
    3.00

    Martin Kelly

    Enjoyed a good battle with McClean which he got the better of. He was probably Liverpool’s best defence as he was solid for the majority of the game. Made a crucial block to stop Gardner’s goal bound shot. Could have pushed forward more than he did.

  • Martin Skrtel
    13
    15
    2.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Played well for most of the game against Fletcher especially in the air, but made the crucial error for the goal allowing the Scot to sneak in front of him from Gardner’s cross. Improved vastly in the second half.

  • Steven Gerrard
    15
    14
    2.50

    Steven Gerrard

    Started the game well as he used the ball well in midfield, with short, sharp accurate passing which kept the Sunderland players off balance in the middle of the park. Unlucky to see shot hit the post in the second half and seemed to improve in the latter stages of the game.

  • Joe Allen
    20
    11
    2.50

    Joe Allen

    Was tidy if a little bit unspectacular. He wasn’t able to affect the game as much as he would have liked playing in a deep role due to the absence of Lucas. His tackling was suspect and often gave away cheap free kicks.

  • Raheem Sterling
    41
    6
    4.00

    Raheem Sterling Top of the Match

    Had a good game down the right. His burst of pace caused Danny Rose a lot of problems, his delivery could have been better when he got into advanced positions but showed impressive signs for a 17-year-old. Great cross and skill for Suarez's equaliser.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    21
    11
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Was Liverpool’s most industrious midfielder in the first half as he made dangerous attacking runs into the Sunderland half and put crosses into the area which caused the defence problems. Faded after the break.

  • Luis Suárez
    25
    10
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Snatched at early chance when he had better options available to him. Was booked for a apparent dive in the penalty area and replays suggest there was little contact. Showed predatory instincts to score the equaliser.

  • Fabio Borini
    12
    18
    2.00

    Fabio Borini

    Had a quiet game but had a couple of chances in the first-half which he could have done better with. Was substituted in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Stewart Downing
    11
    15
    2.50

    Stewart Downing

    Didn't make much of an impact after replacing Borini in the second half as he failed to see much of the ball.

Results
 
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