Having been largely untested in the first half despite Chelsea dominating possession, he produced a fine save when rushing off his line to deny Ivanovic. Pantilimon enjoyed a surprisingly quiet night.
Undone by the marauding Ivanovic in the opening half, he was no doubt relieved to look back and see Pantilimon denying the full-back. That was a rare poor note in an accomplished display.
Was on the receiving end of a shocking elbow that should have brought a red card for Costa in the second period. All in all, he and O'Shea handled the in-form Chelsea striker impressively.
A superb sliding challenge in the opening half denied Costa a seemingly certain goal. The Rebublic of Ireland international seemed to relish his battle with the combative Chelsea striker.
A couple of clever jinks to beat men drew cheers from the crowd, with Vergini almost grabbing a goal when his effort scraped the crossbar in the first half. He also handled Hazard with remarkable poise.
Much like Cattermole, much of Larsson's better work was done defensively as Sunderland looked to crowd Chelsea's array of attacking midfielders. His set-piece delivery lacked its usual threat, though.
The most likely of Sunderland's three center midfielders to offer anything going forward, Rodwell produced the odd threatening run forward and tested Courtois from distance in the first half.
A quiet opening half perhaps showed up further given the quality of Wickham on the opposite flank. Johnson was much more lively after the break and could twice have grabbed a late winner.
His tough-tackling style, which always earns plenty of cheers from the stands, was on full display as Cattermole was as combative as ever. Put his body in harm's way on numerous occasions to block goal-bound efforts.
Would almost certainly have nodded Sunderland ahead in the opening period but for a superb fingertip diversion from Courtois. He was otherwise isolated and withdrawn after 63 minutes.
The outstanding player in the first half for the hosts, Wickham was a constant menace as he gave Ivanovic plenty of problems. He dropped off in the second period, yet still had a good night.
Produced a sublime tip on the stretch with Fletcher poised to head a stunning Wickham center into an empty net in the opening period. Was typically unflappable when called upon.
A couple of lapses undermined an otherwise solid performance from the Chelsea skipper. Terry was given extra trouble when Altidore came on for Sunderland, but handled it well.
Troubled all evening by the impressive Wickham, Ivanovic was not at his best. However, he is always threatening going forward and could easily have opened the scoring but for a fine save from Costel Pantilimon.
Having had little to do in the opening half, Cahill came into his own after the break and produced several outstanding blocks and challenges. He and Terry continue to look a formidable partnership.
Composed defensively and equally adept at the other end, the Spaniard was typically impressive - even when Chelsea's defending became a little desperate towards the end.
Matic, who has seemingly become Chelsea's de facto man of the match, was at his controlled, calculated best as he mixed an impressive ability to break up play with being confident in possession.
Fabregas was as neat and tidy as ever, although he did not find the kind of penetrative passes for which he has made his name against a compact Sunderland back line.
Another of Chelsea's key men to have an off day, Hazard did not offer anything like his usual threat as a determined Sunderland nullified the visitors' best players.
With Sunderland often flooding the areas in which he thrives, Oscar struggled to make the kind of impact he has in recent weeks and was largely anonymous.
The Brazilian's movement caused Sunderland problems aplenty as he interchanged impressively with Oscar and Hazard. Always an energetic presence, Willian almost opened the scoring when rattling the post in the first half.
The Spaniard endured a frustrating afternoon as a well-drilled Sunderland back line gave him minimal space to operate in. Costa's frustration boiled over in the second half and he was lucky not to be given his marching orders for a blatant elbow on Brown.
Came on alongside Altidore after 63 minutes, yet did not offer the same kind of threat as the American.
His introduction really gave Sunderland a lift as he troubled Chelsea with endeavor and pace. Altidore could have had a goal when seeing an effort blocked and was at the center of a late home surge.