SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict on the Black Cats side after their shambolic 8-0 rout at Southampton.
Mannone 3 - Responsible for at least two of the Southampton goals, albeit he was offered little protection from his ragged defence.
Vergini 2 - Contender for one of the most spectacular own goals of all time and lost his composure as a result.
O’Shea 4 - A harrowing end to what had been a superb week for the skipper. Wasn’t able to restore the resilience to a Sunderland defence which fell to pieces after the first two goals.
Brown 4 - Not his usually assured self, before being bizarrely sacrificed at the interval. (Bridcutt 2 - Clearly not a right-back and was torn to pieces by Bertrand and Tosic).
Van Aanholt 4 - Needed more of a helping hand from Wickham in containing the dangerous Clyne, but couldn’t plug gaping holes during second half.
Cattermole 3 - Lost his composure during the second half and showed no evidence of his usual fighting spirit. Couldn’t halt Southampton’s rampant midfield.
Larsson 5 - Shouldn’t have been taken off by Poyet. One of the few players who was still battling to close down Southampton’s midfielders (Rodwell 4 - Never made any impression on the game).
Gomez 4 - Started the game well, but began to give the ball away more frequently as it wore on. (Johnson 4 - Bizarrely used in a central midfield role when he came on. It didn’t work)
Buckley 3 - Made no positive impression on the encounter and careless pass that thumped off Larsson’s back gifted Southampton their second goal.
Wickham 3 - Sluggish in tracking back against the impressive Clyne and Sunderland were duly ripped to pieces as a result. Horrible crossfield pass in build-up to Wanyama’s goal.
FLETCHER 5 - Did alright in holding up the ball and linking play early on, and should have been awarded clear-cut penalty by Andre Marriner.
SOUTHAMPTON: Forster 6, Clyne 9, Fonte 7, Alderweireld 7, Bertrand 9, S Davis 8 (Mane 7), Cork 7, Schneiderlin 8, Long 7 (Wanyama 8), Pelle 9 (Mayuka 7), Tadic 9