Reading 0-3 Sunderland – Match Report & Player Ratings
The Black Cats’ dominate to end Reading’s impressive 100% record at home.
Sunderland were given another blow in the first half, as their only fully fit striker had to be taken off due to an injury.
The Black Cats’ were made to play the rest of the game without a recognised striker.
That didn’t seem to faze them as from this point in the game, they went on to thrash the home side.
The first goal came 6 minutes before the end of the half as, substitute Elliot Embleton found Patrick Roberts on the right-hand side.
Roberts was able to run about 20-yards before being pressurised by the Reading defence, but he was ae to cut inside and find the far corner absolutely brilliantly.
1 minute and 54 seconds later, Roberts scored again with almost a carbon copy of his first, as yet again he was allowed to cut inside onto his favoured left foot and found the far corner once again.
In the second half, Sunderland managed the game perfectly as they played keep ball and did not allow the home side any opportunities to get themselves back in to the game.
with just over 20 minutes left, the Black Cats’ scored arguably the goal of the season so far in the league.
The attack started with a goal kick, Lynden Gooch played the ball down the line and Dan Neil, linked up with Roberts and Pritchard before playing a wonderful ball into the box were Jack Clarke was able to calmly finish in front of the travelling away fans.
Sunderland move up to 6th in the table as they keep up their impressive start to the season.
Anthony Patterson – 7
Better distribution from the ‘Keeper, but was never really tested by Reading.
Lynden Gooch – 8
A brilliant defensive performance once again, and always offered support going forward.
Danny Batth – 8
Also fantastic defensively, dominated in the air throughout.
Luke O’Nien – 8
Similar to Batth.
Aji Alese – 8
His first start in the league for Sunderland and looked very decent throughout on the left side of the defence.
Corry Evans – 7
A typical calm performance from the captain.
Dan Neil – 8
He was everywhere tonight! And capped off a brilliant performance with a magical assist.
Alex Pritchard – 7
He was made to play as a false 9 due to Simms being taken off. Not his natural position but certainly didn’t do a bad job.
Patrick Roberts – 9
2 fantastic goals and tortured the Reading defence throughout.
Jack Clarke – 8
A much improved performance from last week and managed to get himself on the end of a fantastic team goal.
Ellis Simms – 6
Went off early due to an injury.
Elliot Embleton – 8
Came on for Simms and changed the game. Was creative throughout and looked as though he had a point to prove to the new manager.
Amad Diallo – 7
Looked very lively when he came on and caused alot of problems.
Jewison Bennette – 7
Similar to Diallo, looked very confident on the ball.
Jay Matete – 7
Looked comfortable, did what he was brought on to do with ease.
Man of The Match – Patrick Roberts.