SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after the Black Cats moved out of the relegation zone with victory at Everton.
Pantilimon 8 - Came to the rescue in the first half with three superb stops. Called into action a couple of times after the break too, but got his rewards with a clean sheet.
Jones 7 - Didn’t get forward as much as the previous two games, but did his job defensively.
Coates 8 - Continues to look the part after being handed his big chance by Advocaat. Several superb interceptions, particularly in the first half.
BROWN 8 - Used all of his experience in handling Lukaku. Performance was all the more impressive considering he had only just returned to training after six weeks out injured.
Van Aanholt 8 - One of his best Sunderland performances from a defensive point of view after countering Lennon’s pace. Almost scored a stunning individual goal too.
Cattermole 8 - Took the captain’s armband in place of the absent O’Shea and showed all his leadership qualities in the middle of the park.
Gomez 5 - Had enjoyed an upturn in performances under Advocaat, but was very sloppy in possession, with several cheap giveaways, albeit he had a hand in Graham’s goal.
Larsson 6 - Like Gomez, wasn’t reliable enough on the ball to exert any control in the middle of the park. (Bridcutt 6 - Saw the game through to the final whistle).
Wickham 6 - Hold-up play was poor, particularly after he was moved into the centre-forward role after Graham’s removal. (Fletcher 6 - Fortuitous with his pass to Johnson for the second goal, but that contribution proved to be pivotal).
Defoe 7 - Asked to track back ceaselessly, rather than playing as an orthodox striker, but got his reward for that work-rate with a fortunate fourth goal in red and white.
Graham 7 - Finally, finally that first Sunderland goal arrived albeit he knew nothing about it. Enjoyed his Jon Stead moment at Goodison Park. (Johnson 7 - Lively from the bench and had a hand in the crucial second goal).
EVERTON: Howard 6, Coleman 8, Jagielka 7, Stones 7, Baines 7 (Garbutt 6), Barry 7 (Mirallas 7), McCarthy 8, Osman 7, Barkley 6, Lennon 6, Lukaku 6