A number of Sunderland supporters have been hailing Luke O’Nien following the versatile defender’s highly influential performance during the Black Cats’ vital 2-0 win at Portsmouth on Tuesday.
Lee Johnson’s side were looking to keep their recent momentum going against a Portsmouth side who have been heading in the other direction of late. Sunderland took advantage of their chances and also defended very well at times to come away with a massive win that keeps them well in the mix for the automatic promotion places.
One player whose performance was influential in terms of them keeping their opponents quiet was O’Nien, with the defender alongside Dion Sanderson making it a real challenge for Portsmouth to break down the Black Cats and take advantage when they had spells of pressure. The 26-year-old continued to show his quality as a centre-back.
O’Nien managed to win nine out of the ten aerial duels that he competed and also won two ground duels as well as making six clearances (Sofascore). That shows that he was very commanding against the presence of two Portsmouth forwards throughout the game and did not allow them to get many chances on goal from crosses into the box.
Many Sunderland fans hailed his performance and were quick to praise him for the consistency he has shown throughout the campaign so far.
Here, we take a look at some of the best reactions on social media…
O’nien is the second best CB in the league. Sanderson 1st. #SAFC
— Jon (@Hizzit) March 9, 2021
Luke O’Nien, what a player, get that contract on the table ASAP #SAFC
— Luke (@TheSafcAnalyst) March 9, 2021
O’Nien showing again why he’s so important tonight. Proficient in so many positions and his work rate is second to none. #SAFC
— Nathan (@NathanJ_C1) March 9, 2021
Luke O’Nien the best player on the pitch tonight, absolutely faultless against a man we were once quoted £10mil pound for. Absolute warrior at the back! #SAFC
— Richard (@DHT_MrP) March 9, 2021
Some great performances tonight, what a joy to watch!
O’Nien, Winchester and Jones in particular have been fabulous #SAFC
— Andy Walmsley (@Andy_SAFCSE9) March 9, 2021
O'Nien putting in another man of the match performance in my opinion. Him and Jones looking top drawer tonight. #SAFC
— J. Simpson (@_JordanSimpson) March 9, 2021
O'Nien could play at a higher level comfortably…in pretty much any position #safc
— Johny Cummins (@JoCu1982) March 9, 2021
Great result and excellent performance. O’Nien well deserved his man of the match award. #SAFC
— James Taylor (@cynicalkind) March 9, 2021