Sunderland 1 Norwich 3 analysis: Did Wes Hoolahan beat Nathan Redmond to be star man?

Sunderland 1 Norwich 3

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STAR PLAYER

Wes Hoolahan was at the centre of all Norwich's best work, playing the pivotal role in both the second and third goals and causing the Sunderland defence problems all afternoon.

PLAYER RATINGS

Sunderland: Costel Pantilimon 5, Billy Jones 6, Patrick van Aanholt 4, Younes Kaboul 5, Sebastian Coates 5, Lee Cattermole 6, Sebastian Larsson 6, Yann M'Vila 6, Jeremain Lens 7, Jermain Defoe 6, Steven Fletcher 6

Norwich: John Ruddy 6, Steven Whittaker 7, Robbie Brady 7, Russell Martin 6,Sebastien Bassong 6, Nathan Redmond 7, Alex Tettey 7, Graham Dorrans 6, Jonny Howson 7, Wes Hoolahan 8, Cameron Jerome 7

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Hoolahan's delightful lay-off from Nathan Redmond's pass to allow the winger to slot past keeper Costel Pantilimon and make it 3-0.

VIEW FROM THE BENCH

Another video nasty for Dick Advocaat's collection. The veteran Dutchman was parachuted in for a nine-game survival mission last season and pulled it off to earn the offer of an extended stay which he initially rejected. He may wish he had stuck to his original decision.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt had another day to forget as he was repeatedly caught out of position with Norwich targetting the space behind him, but remained on the field for the full 90 minutes.

WHO'S UP NEXT

Sunderland v Swansea (Premier League, Saturday August 22)

Norwich v Stoke (Premier League, Saturday August 22)

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