SUNDERLAND suffered their heaviest defeat of the season losing 6-0 to Bolton Wanderers.
The Black Cats put on a horrendous showing at the University of Bolton Stadium on a damning afternoon in Greater Manchester.
Digital Sports Writer Matty Jones watched the game this afternoon and scored the players’ performances…
4 Hoffman – His indecisiveness in coming for the ball led to the first goal. Did little to prevent the floodgates from opening.
4 Winchester – Struggled all afternoon to cope with Bolton with John who ended up on the scoresheet.
3 Batth – A horrible afternoon. Tortured by Charles, lost his head and scored an own goal with no one around him.
4 Doyle – Couldn’t live with Bolton’s attack and didn’t know when to close down or challenge. Lessons to be learned.
4 Cirkin – Would have been lower if he hadn’t been brought off in the 50th minute. Fossey ran him ragged and he couldn’t live with the winger.
5 Neil – Failed to impact the game and was overrun by Bolton in the midfield. Was brought off in the 50th minute.
6 Evans – The one player who can perhaps hold his head high. Didn’t do a tremendous amount wrong but failed to make a difference.
5 Dajaku – Tried to provide a threat on the right hand side but was completely taken out of the game by John.
4 Gooch – A bad day from an attacking and defensive perspective. Marked out of the game and was tortured by Fossey along with Cirkin on the left.
5 Embleton – Couldn’t influence the game enough and find the space in the right areas. An afternoon to forget.
5 Stewart – Completely marked out of the game by Ricardo Santos. Bullied in the air and barely had a touch. No shots all afternoon.
6 Clarke 53′ – Only one who provided a bit of spark and gave Bolton something to deal with. But couldn’t do much to change the outcome.
5 Pritchard 53′ – Another one who couldn’t the right areas and was bullied in attacking areas. Lost his head towards the end of the game.
6 Roberts 66′ – Provided an injection of spark dribbling at defenders but the game was gone at that point.
Subs not used: Patterson, Flanagan, O’Brien, Hume
BOLTON XI: Trafford 6, Jones 7, John 8, Williams 8, Santos 9; Johnston 7, Morley 7, Lee 8 (Bodvarsson 70′), Afolayan 9 (Sadlier 70′); Charles 9 (Bakayoko 70′), Fossey 9
Subs not used: Dixon, Aimson, Thomason, Baptiste
Man of the Match: Dion Charles – Santos and Afolayan were outstanding but Charles run the show going forward with two goals and an assist.