Everton loanee Nathan Broadhead opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes before unfortunately having to come off injured, and the nerves started to kick in as Alex Neil’s team managed just seven shots on goal and only edged possession against a team near the bottom of the table.
Is this the year that Sunderland finally get out of League One?
As such, The Transfer Tavern have now used statistical experts SofaScore to analyse who the three worst performers were (to have played at least 45 minutes) for the Stadium of Light faithful on the day:
Jack Clarke (6.5)
Clarke replaced scorer Broadhead in the 26th minute but was unable to make anywhere near the same impact, ending the game with a 6.5 overall rating,
The forward lost nine of his 12 duels, gave away possession 10 times and, appallingly for a player in his position, failed to even record a shot against Morecambe in more than an hour on the pitch. Also, just one of his three dribble attempts was successful.
Ross Stewart (6.3)
It was not Stewart’s day either, as the striker was given just a 6.3 rating.
Taken off for Jay Matete midway through the second half, the 25-year-old Scotsman lost a team-high 12 duels and also failed to record a shot on target, successful dribble or key pass. In addition, he lost the ball 19 times, the third-most of any Sunderland player.
Patrick Roberts (6.2)
With a 6.2 rating, Roberts ranked as the Black Cats’ worst player on Saturday.
The winger lost 10 duels, missed one big chance, failed with four of his dribble attempts and made no key passes, giving the ball away a mammoth 20 times.
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