Was forced into action early into the game, making two saves in succession from Asamoah Gyan. Was wrong footed for Zenden goal, and did well to stop a number of further efforts, but could’ve possibly done better to get a hand to the second.
Spread the play well from left back, finding Piquionne and Sears well on the right flank a number of times. However Elmohamady’s cross for Zenden’s headed goal came from his side as he failed to pressurize the winger.
Started well at right back, and linked up well as an attacking option with Sears and Collison, but gradually faded out as the game developed.
Never truly outright at fault today, but allowed Gyan too much time and space to turn. Also allowed Sessegnon to run at goal before pulling the trigger for the second goal, should have done better to get the block in.
Overall a good shift from the young center back, although was at times caught out aerially and stood off the Sunderland front line, allowing them space to turn with their backs to goal. Replaced by Jacobsen.
A little snippet of the story of the German’s season at Upton Park, as his late runs and vision provided promise, yet at times were unfulfilled. Allowed Sessegnon too much time to drop back and receive the ball.
Bright start from the Welsh international, who linked up well with Sear and Piquionne down the right hand side to provide the thrust of West Ham’s attacking play. Defensively not so sound, failing to mark Zenden as he rose to score the opening goal.
Contributed very little on the pitch today, spending the majority of his time picking himself off the floor as he chased the heels of Malbranque and Elmohamady. Replaced by Parker with half an hour to play.
The Frenchman provided a decent outlet down both flanks this afternoon, and linked up well with Collison and Sears. Consistent in the air, but scuffed a chance to take an early lead from 6-yards out.
Relatively non existent performance from the young forward today, who routinely seemed to get lost in his own feet whilst never threatening Bardsley at right back. Replaced 10 minutes into the second half by Obinna.
Certainly the most lively of West Ham’s attacking contingent this afternoon, always looking lively and prepared to take the game to the Sunderland back line. Cut in well after ten minutes, only to see his effort from the edge of the box well saved by Mignolet.
Pulled off a good save from a vicious Sears shot early on. However spilled a Hitzlsperger free kick into the path of Piquionne, only for Onuoha to intervene before the striker had a chance to pull level. Made up with a brilliant second half save from a Collison free kick.
Good display from the former Manchester City man, who twice intervened to prevent Piquionne from pulling the trigger from six yards out, and nearly bagged a goal himself, only to tamely scoop the ball into green’s hands.
Fairly solid from the fullback, who was never particularly threatened by Hines down the left hand side. Brought down the youngster cheaply early in the second half and received a yellow card. Replaced by Riveros.
Never troubled in hindsight, but was beaten a bit easily in the air at times by Piquionne. Maybe a tad off the pace on his return to the starting XI.
Looked good in possession today, and can change the direction of play well. Could be slightly harder in the tackle at times, but an otherwise decent display, teeing up Riveros for the third goal.
Was outnumbered at times at left back, with the thrust of West Ham’s attack coming down the right hand side, but blocked well from both Piquionne and Sears when necessary.
Superb outing from the 26-year-old at the Boleyn Ground this afternoon. He held the ball up well and was involved in the build up to the first goal. Was keen to run at the West Ham back line, and was rewarded for his efforts with a second half solo goal to make it 2-0.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Maybe wasn’t as involved in the game as he would’ve liked, but worked space well at times, and provided the cross that led to Sunderland’s opening goal.
Solid midfield performance from the man who declared he will head for pastures new in the search of first team football after today. Showed a bit of class when he arrived late to nod home Elmohamady’s cross to score Sunderland’s opener.
Good performance on the flank today, consistently looking lively and providing an option both attacking wise and defensively.
Timely return from the Ghanaian, who held play up well and struck up a good partnership with Sessegnon. Failed to make the most of two early chances despite being given a clear sight of Robert Green’s goalmouth. Replaced by Cook with quarter of an hour to play.