Luton Town 1-1 Sunderland – Match Report & Player Ratings
Ellis Simms returns as the Black Cats’ came from behind to earn a point at Kenilworth Road.
Luton started the game the stronger of the 2 sides, Carlton Morris tested Anthony Patterson at his near post early on.
19 minutes into the game, Luton hit the post as Alfie Doughty got on the end of a delightful cross, but he could only find the woodwork.
Minutes later, Sunderland themselves hit the woodwork, as Leon Dajaku broke away and saw his shot beat the ‘keeper but hit the post and go wide.
The Black Cats hit the post again later on in the half, as Danny Batth got on the end of an Alex Pritchard free-kick, but his header slammed off the post.
The home side opened the scoring just before half time when Carlton Morris tapped in from the near post, after a cross from Doughty.
The Black Cats’ grew into the second half, and Ellis Simms’ introduction changed the game.
with 15 minutes left to play, Jack Clarke drove to the bi-line and played the ball back to Elliot Embleton who scored for the second game in a row to equalise.
Sunderland came close to winning the game when Patrick Roberts cut inside and saw his shot go just wide of the post from 20-yards out.
The Black Cats drop down to 16th place, whilst Luton stay in 9th.
Anthony Patterson – 6/10
Couldn’t do much for their goal, struggled with some of Luton’s corners.
Luke O’Nien- 6/10
Not a bad defensive performance as he moved back into the right back position.
Bailey Wright – 6/10
Back in the side today, and he didn’t do too bad, sloppy on the ball at times.
Danny Batth – 5/10
Not the best performance from him. Did OK for the majority, didn’t do enough to prevent Luton’s goal.
Dennis Cirkin – 6/10
Struggled at times today, he gave away so many fouls.
Corry Evans – 5/10
Very quiet throughout, barely touched the ball in the first half.
Dan Neil – 6/10
Also pretty quiet, but won the ball back well at times and helped us move forward.
Alex Pritchard – 5/10
A very quiet game from him before being subbed off.
Jack Clarke – 6/10
A frustrating afternoon for Jack Clarke as he struggled to make an impact. He showed one moment of brilliance to create Sunderland’s goal.
Leon Dajaku – 6/10
Didn’t really see much of the ball, but he was unlucky not to score when his shot hit the post.
Amad Diallo 8/10
He looked the most dangerous player on the pitch for Sunderland throughout the 90 minutes, created alot of chances and he was unlucky not to get on the sckresheet himself.
Patrick Roberts – 6/10
Always looked to get Sunderland forward and created some half decent passes.
Edouard Michut – 6
Sloppy on the ball at times but he battled well in the middle of the park.
Elliot Embleton – 7
Again, always looking to create something when he came on, took his goal brilliantly too.
Ellis Simms – 7/10
Although he didn’t score, he showcased what Sunderland have been missing for so long. Held up the ball well, and got involved with the link up play.
MoTM – Amad Diallo