Ratings: Town slip to third straight defeat at Sunderland

We take a whistle stop review of the Town performances as Sunderland overcome Paul Lambert’s 1-0 at the Stadium of Light.

Tomas Holy – 6

Recalled to the side after sitting out the last ten league games. Holy performed well, even if his goal at times lived a charmed life in the second half. Just as it looked like he could return with a clean sheet, Maguire’s effort ten minutes from time sealed the deal for Sunderland.

Luke Woolfenden – 6

Not really asked any questions defensively in the opening half, Woolfenden got himself forward on plenty of occasions. Ended the game at right wing-back after Donacien’s withdrawal.

James Wilson – 6

Dealt with the physical Wyke very well. Back the the usual Wilson style of defending, not easy on the eye but effective.

Luke Chambers – 6

Again like Woolfenden, marauded forward in the first half trying to get his side on the front foot. Back to his defensive work after the break and was relived to see Gooch’s effort hit the post after he danced past Chambers.

Myles Kenlock – 5

Was found with plenty of space in the first-half, but his lack of attacking quality was shown through poor final product. Took one touch too many after being slid in by Keane. Sunderland had joy down Kenlock’s left after the break.

Janoi Donacien – 7

Solid display by the returning Donacien. Provided some great last ditch blocks in the second half before being withdrawn (hopefully just cramp) for debutant, Earl.

Cole Skuse – 7

That was more like the Cole Skuse I expect to see. He patrolled the area in-front of his defence superbly. Often snuffing out Sunderland attacks and kept Town in possession continuously.

Flynn Downes – 7

Downes was arguably the pick of the bunch in the first-half. Winning the first and second balls and driving his team up the pitch. However, like his teammates Downes faded after the break.

Jon Nolan – 7

Playing in a slightly deeper role than Judge usually operates, Nolan showed some promises touches in the opening exchanges. Failed to really test the keeper with his two efforts on goal. Replaced in the second half by Emyr Huws.

Will Keane – 6

Keane linked up the play superbly in the first half, dropping deeper causing Sunderland problems. Had a couple of attempts on goal, but typical of Town at the moment, he couldn’t make them count.

James Norwood – 6

Raced onto a Kenlock lobbed pass, Norwood couldn’t quite provide the finish. After the break, Norwood missed a glorious opportunity via a penalised back pass, his effort was deflected over via teammate Donacien. Replaced by Kayden Jackson with 20 minutes to go.