Report

The Black Cats’ suffered an extremely disappointing defeat against Burnley despite being 2-0 up at half-time.

Sunderland started the game brilliantly and after just 16 minutes, Jack Clarke set up Amad Diallo who finished brilliantly.

Just 4 minutes later, Dan Neil volleyed home brilliantly past Burnley’s ‘keeper to make the score 2-0.

Sunderland looked very comfortable for the rest of the half as Burnley struggled to threaten.

Burnley manager, Vincent Kompany made a change at half time, bringing on Benson Manuel for Ashley Barnes and he changed the game.

Just 5 minutes into the second half, Nathan Tella made it 2-1 after Harwood-Bellis had a free header on the back post, and Tella couldn’t miss from close range.

Just 10 minutes later, substitute Benson Manuel equalised for Burnley after his cross sailed through everyone in the area and into the net.

Burnley took to lead just minutes later after Trai Hume failed to win the ball when going in for a 50/50, and Anass Zaroury hit a stunner from 20-yards out.

The Clarets then finished the scoring, 3 minutes from the end when Abdoullah Ba played a poor ball to Dan Neil just inside the Sunderland half and Benson Manuel won the ball back and played it through to Josh Brownhill who finished brilliantly.

The Black Cats’ stay 13th, 4 points from relegation but 5 points from the play-offs.

Player Ratings

Anthony Patterson – 5

Did well in the first half, not sure how much he could’ve done for any of the goals, his distribution can be shocking at times.

Trai Hume – 6

He had a great 1st half, poor 2nd. Wasn’t strong enough in his tackle that lead to their 3rd goal.

Luke O’Nien – 5

Poor performance by his standards, struggled against Bureys attackers.

Danny Batth – 6

Gave everything but the Burnley front line were just too good for Sunderland.

Dennis Cirkin – 5

Benson Manuel’s arrival meant Cirkin struggled in the second half, his deliveries into the area were also very poor.

Corry Evans – 6

His typical performance, did well in the first half and got stuck in, struggled in the second.

Dan Neil – 6

Brilliant first half performance and fantastic goal. Again struggled massively in the second half.

Elliot Embleton – 6

Created some good chances in the first half. Quiet in the second before he was taken off.

Amad Diallo – 7

Fantastic 1st half performance, he was everywhere. He closed down well and took his goal brilliantly. Another who was quiet in the second half, though.

Alex Pritchard – 5

Some nice touches here and there but quiet for large parts of the game.

Jack Clarke – 5

Did well to create Diallo’s goal, struggled massively trying to play as a stand in striker.

SUBS

Jewison Bennette – 6

Gave everything to get us back in the game. Shame he didn’t get the opportunity to create.

Edouard Michut – 5

Didn’t do much.

Abdoullah Ba – 4

Came on and gifted them their 4th.

MoTM – Amad Diallo

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