Tom Heaton 8

Little to do in the first half but made some vital second half saves, including a stoppage time one from Borini.

Matt Lowton 6

Below his recent standards, especially going forward. Borini snuck in behind for an early second half chance.

Michael Keane 8

Looked after the dangerous Defoe very well and made one vital second half interception.

Ben Mee 8

Suffered a bloodied nose in the first half but again made some key blocks and clearances, particularly second half.

Stephen Ward 8 (Man of the Match)

Enjoyed plenty of space against Sunderland’s midfield three and used it well, delivering a couple of very inviting crosses. Defended aggressively as well, giving nothing away.

George Boyd 6

Missed an excellent early chance and drifted out of the game after that. Offered little second half.

Joey Barton 7

Controlled the midfield in the first half but not as dominant second half. Took a booking for stopping a Januzaj counter.

Jeff Hendrick 5

Lucky to avoid a booking for shove on Defoe after losing possession easily. Wayward shooting and poor distribution.

Scott Arfield 7

Justified his recent promotion ahead of Brady. Took up some clever positions in attack.

Ashley Barnes 5

Missed a glorious chance in the first half when he had to give Burnley the lead. Hardly involved after that.

Andre Gray 6

Joy running the channels against Denayer in early stages but touch deserted him as the game wore on.


Sam Vokes for Barnes (64)
Robbie Brady for Boyd (73)

Subs not used: Paul Robinson, Jon Flanagan, James Tarkowski, Ashley Westwood, Steven Defour

Sunderland: Jordan Pickford; Billy Jones, John O’Shea, Jason Denayer, Bryan Oviedo; Darron Gibson (Didier Ndong 73), Jack Rodwell, Sebastian Larsson (Wahbi Khazri 77); Fabio Borini, Adnan Januzaj, Jermain Defoe

Subs not used: Vito Mannone, Papy Djilobodji, Joleon Lescott, Javier Manquillo, George Honeyman