Crystal Palace 0 Sunderland 1: Player ratings as Kaboul stars

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Sunderland produced a brilliant team performance to beat Crystal Palace 1-0, but who were the best individuals? Here’s our player ratings.

Costel Pantilimon: Comfortable first half and made one diving save second. Great save late on to deny Cabaye 7

Billy Jones: Worked really hard down the right-hand side for Sunderland. Didn’t pose much of a threat at wing-back but did his job defensively 7

Younes Kaboul: Grew into the game after a quiet start. Made some key interventions. Sunderland’s best defender and a key reason behind the win 8

Sebastian Coates: Similar to Kaboul. Had a header cleared off the line by Cabaye early on in the second half 8

John O’Shea: Back in the side and made several key blocks. Won his fair share of headers too to deny Palace forwards 8

Patrick van Aanholt: Shot wide early on. Should have done better from a good opening. Got forward more than Jones, more positive evening for him 7

Lee Cattermole: Back in the side and marshalled the midfield well. Gave his all, covered a lot of ground. Few too many misplaced passes though 7

Seb Larsson: Workmanlike shift on his return to the side, a few misplaced passes first half. Looked far from happy coming off 6

Yann M’Vila: Involved in everything. Like Cattermole, covered acres of ground 7

Jermain Defoe: Feeding on scraps first half but kept plugging away. Got his rewards with 80th minute winner 7

Steven Fletcher: Put a shift in up front alongside Defoe. The pair were starved of any decent quality into them though 6


Duncan Watmore (Larsson, 60): Raw but really lively. Scared the Palace defence with his pace. Made a big impact. 7

Jeremain Lens (Fletcher, 60): Had a shot on goal, which almost sneaked in. Injected some pace 6

Danny Graham (Defoe, 86): Brought on to hold the ball up. Helped defensively too 6

Subs not used: Johnson, Toivonen, Yedlin, Mannone.

Booked: Jones (53), Defoe (57), M’Vila (66)

Goals: Defoe (80)

Palace (4-5-1): Hennessey 6; Ward 6, Dann 6, Delaney 6, Souare 6, McArthur 6, Cabaye 7, Zaha 6, Puncheon 6 (Sakho 45, 7) (Bako 69, 6), Bolasie 7, Wickham 6 (Chamakh 75, 6). Subs not used: Speroni, Kelly, Ledley, Jedinak.

Booked: Dann (65)

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Bradford)

Attendance: 24,361 (2,168 SAFC)