Sunderland 0-2 Leicester City: Player Ratings - Vardy’s double edges out Black Cats

Vito Mannone and Patrick van Aanholt played a big part in Sunderland’s 2-0 defeat to Leicester City, but who else impressed against the title-favourites.

Sunderland 0-2 Leicester City: Player Ratings - Vardy’s double edges out Black Cats
PVA was one of Sunderland's better performers at the weekend (Photo: TGSPhoto: Shutterstock)

Sunderland were made to rue their missed chances as they failed to close the gap on fellow relegation candidates Norwich City with a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City at home.

Younes Kaboul and Jack Rodwell missed clear openings in the game, but the hosts certainly didn’t disgrace themselves against a side full of confidence.

Jamie Vardy’s second-half brace ensured the Foxes took all three points back down to the King Power Stadium, but Sunderland still remain four points from safety.

Next weekend’s clash between the Black Cats and the Canaries is even more crucial now than it was a few weeks back.

Sam Allardyce’s side need to win at Carrow Road this weekend, but see what I made of Sunderland’s performances from the game last weekend.

Manning kept Sunderland in the game at 1-0 with some brilliant saves (Photo: TGSPhoto: Shutterstock)
Manning kept Sunderland in the game at 1-0 with some brilliant saves (Photo: TGSPhoto: Shutterstock)

Great display from Sunderland’s back five

Vito Mannone (7) – The goalkeeper certainly did impress in the game against the Foxes, he made three superb saves to keep the game at 1-0, but missed chances at the other end were proven to be crucial as Vardy added a second in injury-time.

DeAndre Yedlin (6) – Yedlin has been a surprise package for the Black Cats this season, he did a fairly good job at right-back when he came up against Marc Albrighton.

Lamine Kone (6) – Kone is one of Sunderland’s centre-backs that looks so solid and resolute at the back, but the pace of Vardy cause nightmares at times for the Ivory Coast international.

Younes Kaboul (7) – Another brilliant performance from Kaboul, he has certainly showed the home faithful his capabilities in recent performances, could have done better for Vardy’s opener, but it was still a great performance.

Patrick van Aanholt (7) – Allardyce certainly rates the Dutch international very highly, and it was another superb display from him. He was a threat going forward, but after pressing higher, Sunderland got caught out for the second goal.

Mixed bag in the midfield

Jan Kirchoff (5) – Kirchoff didn’t seem at his usual standard in the game at the weekend, passes were going wayward, but he still appeared to be strong at the heart of the midfield.

Yann M’Vila (6) – M’Vila’s work off the ball often goes unnoticed by many, but this game was different, his hard work in midfield did show and he had a good game.

Lee Cattermole (5) – The things with Cattermole, is that he will always give his all for the team regardless of the situation, but he gave away the ball very easily.

Borini wasted several chances during the game (Photo: TGSPhoto: Shutterstock)
Borini wasted several chances during the game (Photo: TGSPhoto: Shutterstock)

Wastefulness going forward

Fabio Borini (4) – His only shot that found the target was deflected off a Leicester player and brought a save from Schmeichel, but other than that, he took some grief off the home faithful, but kept going and going.

Jermain Defoe (5) – Not for the first time this season, chances came and went at the hands of Defoe, and he needs to be able to take the chances if Sunderland are to avoid the drop this season.

Wahbi Khazri (5) – Khazri was, arguably, the Black Cats’ brightest spark going forward, but at times it looked like he was trying a little too hard as he wasted a very good chance with a wayward shot.

No impact from substitutes

Dame N’Doye (4) – Was brought on for the final 20 minutes in place of Khazri, but he failed to make an impact in the final third.

Jack Rodwell (5) – Made a nuisance of himself and his appearance lifted the side, but the glaring miss to make it 1-1 dragged his rating down.

Jeremain Lens (5) – Came on in place of Borini for the final 15 minutes, he was quiet, but that was expected on his first appearance from injury.