Sunderland 2-1 Blackburn – Match Report & Player Ratings
Super-sub Ellis Simms scores stoppage time winner as Sunderland come from behind to beat Blackburn Rovers.
Sunderland move closer to the play-off places, and they could creep into them depending on the rest of the results today.
Rovers took the lead after just 18 minutes after Tyler Morton’s free-kick was taken and Ross Stewart headed against Dennis Cirkin and the ball ricocheted and found its way in.
It only took Sunderland 4 minutes to respond as Ross Stewart was fouled in the area by John Buckley.
Stewart stepped up and sent the ‘Keeper the wrong way to make it 1-1.
as the game went on, both sides were struggling to break the other down.
The Black Cats did however, have a huge opportunity to go in front early in the second half when Jack Clarke played Stewart through, but his finish was tame.
Blackburn had a chance to win the game, but Anthony Patterson pulled off an unbelievable save from Tyler Morton’s effort.
Just as the game looked over, Sunderland pumped in a hopeful free-kick in added time and Dan Ballard’s touch found Ellis Simms who toe poked in the winner!
Anthony Patterson – 7/10
Not much he could do for their goal, but made a brilliant save late on.
Lynden Gooch – 7/10
Had the best game he’s had for a while, linked up well with Roberts. Shame he had to go off, hopefully nothing serious.
Luke O’Nien – 7/10
Decent defensive performance, formed a good partnership with Ballard.
Dan Ballard – 7/10
Same as above.
Corry Evans – 7/10
A typical, calm performance by the captain.
Dan Neil – 7/10
Always looked a threat going forward, got stuck in and had a decent game.
Amad Diallo – 7/10
Brilliant in the first half, quieter in the second but always looked a threat.
Jack Clarke – 6/10
Kept trying to make things happen, but not much came off today.
Patrick Roberts – 6/10
Linked up well with Gooch, but his final ball wasn’t great.
Ross Stewart – 7/10
Started to tire towards the end, but he never stopped closing down, and took.his penalty brilliantly.
Trai Hume – 6/10
Didn’t do much wrong, did his job.
Bailey Wright – 6/10
Same as Hume.
Ellis Simms – 7/10
Caused plenty of problems when he came on and grabbed the winning goal at the end.
MoTM – Ross Stewart.