Sunderland 1 West Ham 2: Player ratings as Hammers triumph

Sunderland 1 West Ham 2: Player ratings as the Hammers win to edge closer towards Premier League survivial

Paddy Dinham
By Paddy Dinham
Sunderland
1
West Ham
2

Sunderland

Vito Mannone Will be disappointed not to have kept out Carroll’s header having got a hand to it but made a great save to turn a Downing shot wide. 6/10

Phil Bardsley Fizzed an early cross in that bent dangerous towards the far post after nobody managed to reach it and was dangerous going forward without much support. 6

John O’Shea Out-jumped as his side fell behind and the crowd grew somewhat frustrated with his sluggish nature. 5

Wes Brown Was given a tough evening by West Ham’s direct play but made sure Nolan didn’t come into play too much in the final third. 6

Santiago Vergini Not particularly blessed technically, a few misplaced passes stunted some of his side’s attacks. Real lack of desire to close down Diame for the second goal. 4

Marcos Alonso Got forward well and had Demel worried on a few occasions with his bursts. Delivery was usually sound. 6

Lee Cattermole Missed a guilt-edged chance when Ki’s cutback fell to him. Battled well against the likes of Noble and Diame though. 6

Liam Bridcutt Had to alive constantly to the West Ham counter-attack and this wore him down. Was also a useful link between defence and attack. 5

Ki Sung-Yueng Looked the most likely Sunderland player to make something happen, popping up in all sorts of positions to influence proceedings. 6

Connor Wickham The deeper of the two strikers, he worked hard but was lacking a little mobility and creativity. 5

Fabio Borini Tried to trick and tease his way through but couldn’t quite manage it. Hit a great chance into the side netting. 6

Substitutes

Adam Johnson Terrific finish soon after being introduced. Baffling that he did not start. 7

Craig Gardner Lovely through ball to find Johnson for the goal. 7

Ignacio Scocco N/A

West Ham United

Adrian Aside from getting down well to block Cattermole’s close range effort, he had very little to do. Almost made a mess of a deflected Alonso shot. 6

Guy Demel Was given a few problems by the buccaneering Alonso but he managed to survive with no major damage. 6

James Tomkins (man of the match) Had a fair amount of pressure to withstand but always managed to get himself in the way at the crucial moment. 7

Winston Reid A few dodgy clearances put his side in danger but dominated in the air and had a great understanding with Tomkins. 6

George McCartney Offered nothing going forward and was struggling to cope with Bardsley even though the American was operating on his own down the Sunderland right. Went off injured at half-time. 5

Stewart Downing Sunderland’s formation allowed their former loanee a lot of space to operate into, although his delivery wasn’t always good enough to make the most of this. 6

Mark Noble Did an excellent job of breaking up opposition attacks on the edge of the area just as they look as though they might create something. 7

Mohamed Diame Got up and down the pitch superbly, coupling defending with runs into the box, just as he did to double the lead. 7

Matt Taylor Doesn’t really have the pace to play as a modern winger, was bypassed in a lot of the attacking play. Dropped in to help out defensively. 6

Kevin Nolan Fortunate to survive a penalty appeal when he moved his elbow towards the ball on the edge of the box. Fairly quiet otherwise. 5

Andy Carroll At his best when he rose from a corner to power the visitors in front. Bullied the three central defenders whenever possible. 7

Substitutes

Pablo Armero Caught out positionally for Johnson’s goal. 5

Roger Johnson Saw the game out for his side. 6

Antonio Nocerino N/A

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