Player ratings Vs Sunderland: Adam Chicksen lays his claim to a starting role

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Ian McLoughlin – 6 – Was a spectator for the most part on his debut, but could do nothing to prevent the two goals.

Adam Chicksen – 8 – Once again laid a serious claim for a spot in the starting line-up. Filled in excellently at right-back and later on the left of midfield.

Dean Lewington – 7 – Typically solid display from the captain. Had a few moments of difficulty against James McClean in the first half, but had a comfortable second period.

Antony Kay – 7 – Didn’t really have much trouble against Louis Saha and looked keen to get forward in the second half to join in with the attacks.

Shaun Williams – 7 – Showed his usual calmness on the ball, and looked well in control of the defence.

Darren Potter – 6 – Barely left the centre circle but pulled the strings in his usual fashion.

Stephen Gleeson – 6 – A somewhat muted performance from the fiery midfielder, having seen Lee Cattermole sent off earlier in the game for a reckless challenge. Lacked a little of his usual edge.

Luke Chadwick – 7 – Made some clever runs, but his usual telepathic relationship with Daniel Powell wasn’t up to par. Replaced by Ryan Lowe.

Daniel Powell – 6 – Many were left questioning his decision making ability when twice he was through on goal but opted to pass rather than shoot. Needs to regain his early season form.

Dean Bowditch – 7 – Fresh from scoring a hat-trick, Bowditch looked Dons’ biggest goal threat, but his radar was slightly out. Replaced by Jay O’Shea.

Alan Smith – 6 – Found himself in the isolated lone-striker role and struggled to make an impact on the game. Replaced by Charlie MacDonald.

Subs:

Charlie MacDonald – 6 – Came on when Sunderland were a goal to the good, and ready to shut up shop. Created a decent chance for himself, and one for Bowditch too.

Ryan Lowe – 6 – Blasted a shot just wide of the mark, but like MacDonald, came on when the visitors became particularly stingy in defence.

Jay O’Shea – Tried hard to make an impact late in the day and made some positive runs through the middle, but to no avail.