Player Ratings: Sunderland 2-3 Chelsea

An entertaining second half gave Chelsea the win. rates the performers...

Fulop 5.5
Made some key saves but could have done better on the third goal. A mixed bag.

Bardsley 7.5
A good, committed, solid outing for the former Manchester United man. Defended stoutly and got forward when permitted. One of the Black Cats' standout performers.

Ferdinand 7.0
Won the majority of his headers and limited Drogba to only half chances.

Davenport 6.0
Solid and unspectacular, until his howler for Ashley Cole's clincher.

Collins 6.5
Like his right-sided counterpart, the full-back was decent. Anelka was forced to forage inside for joy and Collins was present in attack too, towards the end.

Whitehead 6.0
Showed his willingness to fight fire with fire in the midfield quagmire. An unrefined, but effective display.

Malbranque 8.5
The most able player on the pitch this afternoon. Full of guile, craft and invention. Not shy of a challenge either.

Tainio 5.5
Not a memorable display from the Finn. Used the ball well when he had it, but those moments were few and far between.

Leadbitter 8.0
Alongside Malbranque, he can be proud of his efforts. Dropped in some tasty crosses and caused problems on both flanks for Chelsea.
Richardson 7.0
Troubled Cole with his pace and took his goal with aplomb.

Jones 7.0
A fine finish on the goal and relished the physical battle with Terry.


Reid A fine assist.

Murphy n/a

Healy n/a


Cech 6.0
Again, some shaky moments on crosses but some good instinctive saves.

Bosingwa 6.5
Used the flank well with some fine deliveries but was unsettled by Leadbitter.

Terry 7.5
Commanding display, organising the troops around him. Swept up well too after Sunderland chances broke down in the box.

Ivanovic 6.0
Launched himself into some key challenges, perhaps showing a rashness that is disguised in his right-back berth. Still not the finished article.

Cole 8.0
Cole has restored his reputation with his performances this season and he was outstanding again today. Timed his runs well and defended with gusto. Crowned a fine campaign with a goal.

Essien 6.5
Nothing out of the ordinary from the Ghanaian. Passed and tackled with the level of performance expected of him.

Mikel 8.0
Played some wonderful through passes and even had some attempts on target. Liberated, somewhat, by his position today and stood the test well. Still showed his willingness to tackle everything that moved though.

Belletti n/a
Withdrawn after 20 minutes.

Anelka 7.5
Capped his season with the goal that clinched the top scorer's award. An outstanding strike.

Malouda 7.5
Hit the bar with a rasping drive and was present in most of Chelsea's attacking work.

Drogba 6.0
Only had half chances and managed to test Fulop. Subdued though.


Ballack 6.5
Slotted in well.

Kalou 7.0 Resouding cameo.

Mancienne n/a

Peter Staunton,