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Sunderland 1-0 Swindon players ratings as Maguire magic creates Wyke winner

Sunderland were full value for their 1-0 win over Swindon – but had to sweat for the three points.

Lee Johnson made two changes, with Carl Winchester and Jordan Jones starting in place of Conor McLaughlin and Aiden O’Brien.

Sunderland’s first big chance fell to Charlie Wyke, who shot wide after brilliant work from Lynden Gooch.

The Robins had two early free-kicks saved by Lee Burge, but otherwise it was one-way traffic, although clear-cut chances were few and far between.

The Black Cats brought Chris Maguire and Aiden O’Brien on for Jones and the injured Lynden Gooch midway through the second half, and the former made an immediate impact.

His delightful free-kick was met by Wyke – who else – to eventually give Sunderland the lead.

Here’s how James Hunter has rated the players.

LEE BURGE 7

Saved a couple of free-kicks, and made one great stop from Hope in open play

MAX POWER 7

Did well both as part of a back three and, in the second half, at right-back

DION SANDERSON 7

Rock solid at the heart of defence

LUKE O’NIEN 7

A strong performance in central defence

LYNDEN GOOCH 7

Sunderland’s biggest goal-threat until he went off injured after an hour

CARL WINCHESTER 6

Won challenges and got forward from midfield

JOSH SCOWEN 6

Worked hard, and came into the game more in the second half

CALLUM McFADZEAN 6

Gave the ball away in the first half, but improved in the second

JORDAN JONES 6

A few flashes of skill but not enough, and he went off on the hour

CHARLIE WYKE 7

Scored the decisive goal and should really have scored in the first period

AIDEN McGEADY 6

Produced one or two moment of quality, but wasn’t at his best

SUBS

AIDEN O’BRIEN 6

For Gooch 62mins. Had one chance, but volleyed it into the turf

CHRIS MAGUIRE 7

For Jones 62mins. His free-kick delivery brought the goal, and later should have scored himself to kill the game off

JACK DIAMOND 6

For McGeady 90mins. Just a cameo

DAN NEIL 6

For Scowen 90+3mins. Brought on just to run down the clock

NOT USED: Matthews, Vokins, Younger

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