Player ratings - Everton 0 Sunderland 2

Defender Patrick Van Aanholt misses an opportunity to score against Everton. Picture by FRANK REID
Defender Patrick Van Aanholt misses an opportunity to score against Everton. Picture by FRANK REID

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