Sunderland recorded a potentially crucial 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town at the Stadium Of Light.
That result sees them leapfrop the Tractorboys and move back into the play-off places.
It was the visitors who had the better of the first period as Phil Parkinson’s side struggled to get a hold of the game.
However in the second period we saw the hosts really dominate.
Chances from Denver Hume, Lynden Gooch and Bailey Wright saw the hosts go close but it was Chris Maguire who got the decisive goal in the 80th minute.
Here’s how we rated the Sunderland team.
Jon McLaughlin – 6
Played well. Made some good saves and handled whatever was thrown at him. A slight blunder as he picked up a pass-back from Tom Flanagan in the second half but got away with it.
Jordan Willis – 6
Kept having the ball played in behind, something that he wasn’t comfortable with.
Bailey Wright – 7
Had a decent game as the last line of defence. Covered well for Willis and Flanagan. Rattled the crossbar with an effort in the second half.
Tom Flanagan – 5
Did okay but had a tough game against Will Keane. Perhaps a little bit rusty after being out of favour in recent weeks.
Luke O’Nien – 6
Made some good challenges but left Jordan Willis exposed at times.
Max Power – 6
A poor first half but a lot better in the second. Had a couple of opportunities to make the breakthrough.
George Dobson – 7
Some decent passes but struggled to cope with Ipswich’s possession play. Much better in the second period as he consistently looked to find Denver Hume on the left flank.
Denver Hume – 6
Had a decent game as he fulfilled his wing-back duties effectively. A constant threat going forward down the left flank.
Chris Maguire – 8
Found some good pockets of space to operate in and played some good passes into the final third. Scored the decisive goal with an excellent effort after 80 minutes.
Charlie Wyke – 6
Did well in a physical battle with the defenders but kept giving away fouls due to his combative nature.
Lynden Gooch – 7
Arguably Sunderland’s most dangerous player. Had some decent moments in the first half. Almost scoring a goal of the season contender as he beat several players before hitting the post.
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Kyle Lafferty – 5
Held up play well as he looked to wind down the clock in the final 10 minutes.
Conor McLaughlin – N/A
Not on the pitch long enough to make a real contribution.