Player Ratings: West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Sunderland

Sports Mole's player ratings for Sunderland's 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion.

West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns on Saturday afternoon.

The visiting Black Cats took the lead early on through Lee Cattermole's superb 25-yard effort, before Saido Berahino equalised from the penalty spot.

Berahino then netted after the restart to give the Baggies the lead before Sebastian Larsson grabbed a late second for Gus Poyet's side to even things up.

Below, Sports Mole takes a look at who impressed.


West Bromwich Albion player Saido Berahino celebrates his penalty conversion during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland at The Hawthorns on August 16, 2014© Getty Images

WEST BROM

Goal

Ben Foster: Could do nothing about the second goal, and was beaten by Berahino's smart penalty. Otherwise, it was a decent display from the keeper. (6/10)

Defence

Andre Wisdom: On-loan Liverpool youngster looked nervous towards the end as Sunderland pressed for an equaliser, and Patrick van Aanholt got the better of him for the second goal. (5/10)

Sebastien Pocognoli: Solid debut from the left-back. Put some teasing crosses into Sunderland's box in the second half.(6/10)

Craig Dawson: Made a vital clearance late on, but was unable to thwart Larsson for the equaliser. (5/10)

Jonas Olsson: The big Swede is not the greatest with the ball at his feet, but the man mountain got in the way to halt the Black Cats a number of times. (6/10)

Midfield

Craig Garnder: Forced Vito Mannone into a good save with a typically powerful long-range effort in the first half and made the second goal. Good debut against his former club. (7/10)

Youssouf Mulumbu: Typically tireless display in midfield (6/10)

Graham Dorrans: Looked as likely as anyone to get his side back into the contest after they went a goal down. Good first-half display. (6/10)

Chris Brunt: Went close with a long-range effort, but could not affect the game the way he would have liked. (6/10)

Attack

Saido Berahino: The star man. Was quiet in parts but took his chances when they arrived and he's off and running with two goals. (8/10)

Victor Anichebe: Was lucky to be given the penalty, although he used his strength when needed. Should contribute more in dangerous areas. (5/10)

Substitutes

Stephane Sessegnon: Came on as a late substitute against his former side. (5/10)

Chris Baird: Was brought on to see the game out, but the Baggies failed to do so. (6/10)

Claudio Yacob: Another late sub, was unable to get involved too much. (5/10)


Lee Cattermole of Sunderland celebrates scoring the opening goal with John O'Shea and Jack Rodwell of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland at The Hawthorns on August 16, 2014© Getty Images

SUNDERLAND

Goal

Vito Mannone: Made a good save to deny Gardner, and was assured throughout (6/10)

Defence

Wes Brown: Was composed throughout, a decent display from the centre-back. (6/10)

John O'Shea: Former Manchester United defender was powerless to stop the second goal. (5/10)

Valentin Roberge: Seemed to relish his battle with Anichebe, but gave the penalty away. (5/10)

Patrick van Aanholt: Was caught napping for the second, but made amends with the equaliser. Great play to set up Larsson on his debut. (6/10)

Midfield

Adam Johnson: Struggled to get in the game and was quiet throughout before he was withdrawn with around 15 minutes left. (5/10)

Sebastian Larsson: Sporadic delivery from free kicks, but scored the vital equaliser. (7/10)

Lee Cattermole: Scored one of the goals of the day and was robust and tenacious throughout. (7/10)

Jack Rodwell: Played some incisive passes and looked elegant on the ball, but needs more minutes as he tired in the second half. (6/10)

Attack

Connor Wickham: Was asked to play wide right, and struggled to halt some of Pocognoli's runs. (5/10)

Steven Fletcher: Had a goal ruled out correctly for offside and was always a threat. Could be a big player this season for Sunderland. (7/10)

Substitutes

Jordi Gomez: Came on for Rodwell and tried to change things for his side. (6/10)

Will Buckley: Was swapped for Johnson, but was quiet on his Premier League debut. (5/10)

Jozy Altidore: Came on with 10 minutes remaining for Wes Brown and Sunderland scored with their added numbers up top. (6/10)


Lee Cattermole of Sunderland scores the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland at The Hawthorns on August 16, 2014
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