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April 20, 2013 3:00 PM BST
Stadium of Light — Sunderland
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 44614‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Sunderland 1-0 Everton

The Black Cats secured a valuable win in Paolo Di Canio's first home match thanks to a well taken goal from Stephane Sessegnon shortly before half-time

By Charlie Scott

  • Simon Mignolet
    21
    4
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Claimed a number of corners well as Everton proved little threat from set-pieces and was called into action to stop Larsson's backpass flying into the net late on.

  • Danny Rose
    10
    2
    4.00

    Danny Rose

    The on-loan defender has been in fine form in recent months and he continued in a similar vein with an all-action performance that featured last-ditch tackles and promising attacking play.

  • John O'Shea
    8
    1
    3.00

    John O'Shea

    The former Manchester United centre-back was commanding for the home side, particularly late on as Everton pushed forward.

  • Carlos Javier Cuéllar
    6
    0
    3.00

    Carlos Javier Cuéllar

    Performed well alongside O'Shea at the heart of Sunderland's defence and put in some vital tackles in the final moments of the game.

  • Alfred N'diaye
    5
    0
    3.00

    Alfred N'diaye

    Put in some crunching tackles in the opening exchanges and was an imposing presence in midfield throughout.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    19
    3
    4.00

    Sebastian Larsson Top of the Match

    Curled a devilish free kick onto the crossbar in the 11th minute. Influential in central midfield for the home side in the first half. Twice went close from free-kicks before providing the assist for Sessegnon's goal. Nearly scored a freak own goal late on.

  • Jack Colback
    7
    1
    3.50

    Jack Colback

    Handed the daunting task of managing the dual threat of Pienaar and Baines but the 23-year-old coped well with the pressure.

  • Adam Johnson
    4
    4
    2.50

    Adam Johnson

    Has looked revitalised under Di Canio's tutelage in the past three weeks but struggled to make an impact here as Baines stuck to his defensive duties. Had a firm shot saved by Howard late on that would have made it 2-0.

  • James McClean
    1
    2
    2.50

    James McClean

    His performance was summed up by a petulant kick aimed at Mirallas midway through the first half, although he did put in some brilliant tackles in the final minutes of the match.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    17
    0
    3.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon

    Playing just off Graham the former PSG attacker proved a handful for Everton's backline and it was he that broke the deadlock just before the interval with a fine driven effort into the bottom corner.

  • Danny Graham
    5
    4
    3.50

    Danny Graham

    Started the match well by forcing Howard into a save in the fourth minute, and he held the ball up well for the likes of Sessegnon and Larsson throughout.

Substitutions

  • Kader Mangane
    3
    0
    2.50

    Kader Mangane

    Brought on in the final seconds to waste time as Sunderland held out for all three points.

  • David Vaughan
    2
    1
    3.00

    David Vaughan

    Was neat and tidy on the ball after being introduced late on.

  • Tim Howard
    5
    5
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    The American saved well from Graham early on, before producing a stunning stop to keep out one of Larsson's free-kicks. Beaten by a fizzing drive from Sessegnon on 45 minutes.

  • Leighton Baines
    2
    6
    2.50

    Leighton Baines

    Demonstrated superhuman endurance levels to track the runs of Johnson while also bombing forward down the left to combine with Pienaar. This might explain why he produced a tired pass at the end of the first half that led to Sunderland's opener.

  • John Heitinga
    1
    5
    2.00

    John Heitinga

    Replaced Jagielka at centre-back for the visitors. Turned too easily by Graham in the fourth minute and was fortunate not to concede a foul on the same player later in the game.

  • Sylvain Distin
    4
    2
    3.00

    Sylvain Distin

    Calm and assured at the back for the Toffees, but was let down by some shoddy play from Heitinga and Baines alongside him.

  • Darron Gibson
    2
    11
    2.00

    Darron Gibson Flop of the Match

    Failed to get close to Larsson in the first half and was unsurprisingly withdrawn at half-time for Jelavic.

  • Leon Osman
    1
    3
    2.00

    Leon Osman

    Returned to Moyes' starting XI after missing the 0-0 draw with Arsenal but was off the pace and got subbed off in the second half.

  • Steven Pienaar
    1
    3
    2.00

    Steven Pienaar

    Switched wings with Mirallas throughout the game, but had little impact on either side. His frustrations showed when he caught Larsson with a wild lunge on the hour mark.

  • Seamus Coleman
    0
    3
    2.00

    Seamus Coleman

    The full-back was pinned back for large portions of the match as Sunderland attacked well. Also misplaced a number of passes.

  • Marouane Fellaini
    15
    4
    3.00

    Marouane Fellaini

    Predictably strong in the air for the visitors, and his distribution was also impressive. The Belgian midfielder came close to getting an inadvertent assist when his shot was deflected by Jelavic and forced Mignolet into action in the second half.

  • Kevin Mirallas
    11
    7
    2.50

    Kevin Mirallas

    Saw a goalbound shot deflected wide by O'Shea in the 33rd minute, shortly after being on the receiving end of a stray boot from McClean as the two tangled on the halfway line. A surprisingly quiet performance from the Belgium international.

  • Victor Anichebe
    4
    5
    2.50

    Victor Anichebe

    His physical presence proved a handful for O'Shea and Cuellar, but a lack of quality when the ball was played to him on the floor hindered some of Everton's attacks.

Substitutions

  • Ross Barkley
    3
    5
    2.50

    Ross Barkley

    Had no impact on the game after being introduced late on.

  • Nikica Jelavic
    6
    6
    3.00

    Nikica Jelavic

    Introduced at half-time for Gibson and was immediately involved in a number of promising moves. Headed wide twice and forced Mignolet into a smart save on the hour mark.

  • Steven Naismith
    0
    6
    2.50

    Steven Naismith

    Failed to change the course of the game after being brought on with 15 minutes to play.

Results
 
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