Sunderland 4 Doncaster Rovers 1 - player ratings

It was not a good day to be a Doncaster Rovers player unless you were Tom Anderson, missing through concussion protocols.

THREAT: A Taylor Richards shot forced Lee Burge's own goal

Hapless defending, two missed penalties and their goal coming from an own goal by the goalkeeper - it was a day to forget.

If you really want to know how the individual players got on, though, Stuart Rayner runs through them one by one.

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Ellery Balcombe – made a good save to deny Gooch 7

Brad Halliday – an excellent tackle on Scowen redeemed him 5

Joe Wright – part of a defence that was run ragged 5

Andy Butler – like Wright, did not look the same without Tom Anderson alongside him 5

Cameron John – beaten far too easily in the air for Wyke's second 4

Matt Smith – one terrific pass but Halliday wasted it 6

Madger Gomes – by no means alone in having an ineffective first half 5

Jon Taylor – gets credit for finding good positions, but his finishing was symptomatic of Doncaster's first half. His penalty miss summed up their second 5

Taylor Richards – carried the fight and forced Lee Burge's own goal, but his finishing could have been better 7

Reece James – moved to left-back after the horse had bolted but he was partly responsible, too deep for Charlie Wyke's second goal 6

Omar Bogle – came close in the second half but little to work off 6.


John Bostock (for Gomes, 46) – played a very good pass for Doncaster's goal 6

Josh Sims (for John, 54) – replaced John but the game had long since gone 5

Jason Lokilo (for Taylor, 72) – did well to win a penalty but he could not convert it 5

Scott Robertson (for Richards, 72) – one a hiding to nothing 6,

Not used: Okenabirhie, Jones, Greaves.

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