Sunderland 1 West Ham 1 - Player ratings

Seb Larsson in action for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID
Seb Larsson in action for Sunderland against West Ham United. Picture by FRANK REID

SUNDERLAND reporter Chris Young gives his verdict after a 10th draw of the season for the Black Cats.

Pantilimon 7 - Produced two superb stops from West Ham’s marauding full-backs; denying Jenkinson in the first half and Cresswell in the second. Had no chance with the equaliser.

Vergini 5 - Very inconsistent in his delivery going forwards. Perhaps the return to fitness of Jones has come at an opportune moment.

O’Shea 7 - Largely handled Carroll well, while keeping an eye on the second balls dropping in the vicinity of Nolan.

Brown 7 - Looked far more like his old self over the last couple of games. Was defensively assured against an in-form attack.

Reveillere 6 - Fortunate to get away with early error when Pantilimon saved Jenkinson’s volley, but was defensively decent against dangerman Sakho.

Cattermole 6 - Couple of nice passes, but couldn’t exert the same kind of influence in midfield as opposite number Song.

LARSSON 8 - Complemented his graft with attacking threat, as West Ham struggled to track his runs from midfield. Would have had an assist, but for Altidore’s awful miss.

Gomez 7 - Calmly converted Sunderland’s first penalty of the season and kept the ball moving, despite fading in the latter stages.

Johnson 7 - Sunderland’s biggest attacking threat in the first half, despite close attentions of visiting defenders. Went to ground easily for penalty, but there was a nudge from Tomkins. (Alvarez 6 - Full of trickery, but marked very tightly which restricted his threat).

Wickham 7 - Unlucky to be denied by a wonderful finger-tip parry from Adrian. Still hesitates too often when there is a chance to shoot first-time.

Altidore 5 - Was performing well until that horrifying miss on the stroke of half-time marred his afternoon’s work. (Fletcher 6 - Couple of neat touches and laid off late chance for Wickham which was kept out by Adrian).

WEST HAM: Adrian 8, Jenkinson 8, Cresswell 7, Reid 7, Tomkins 6, Kouyate 7, Song 8, Nolan 6 (Valencia 6), Downing 8, Carroll 7, Sakho 6.