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A resilient defensive performance — led by the terrific John O’Shea — ensured Sunderland came away with a deserved point against the league leaders.

While Chelsea dominated possession and chances created, Sunderland held firm despite the likes of Hazard, Oscar and Costa looking for openings, and Willian hitting the post.

It was the hosts, however, who should have taken the lead. A ball over the top fell to Santiago Vergini, whose snap-shot clipped bar when the goal was gaping.

Diego Costa had a very poor game. His booking in the second half rules him out of their midweek clash with Tottenham, but the Brazilian could (and perhaps should) have been sent off in the first half for kicking out at O’Shea following a tangle.

As the second half wore on, Chelsea because frustrated with their inability to break the Black Cats down, the Blues reduced to speculative shots from distance.

Sunderland could even have won it right at the death, as a chipped ball over the top sent the Chelsea defence into panic. Chelsea survived, and a point apiece was the right result.

Sunderland ratings:

Pantilimon 8 — cool, calm and collected

Vergini 8 — never stopped running, dealt with Hazard well

O’Shea 9 — StaRating man of the match, led his team fantastically

Brown 8 — magnificent performance from the veteran

Réveillere 7 — out of position a few times but mostly very solid

Cattermole 8 — never stopped running, controlled the midfield

Johnson 7 — threatened a lot, should have done better with a couple of chances

Larsson 6 — a quiet game from the Swede, set-pieces were poor

Rodwell 7— the former Everton man looks to be getting back to his best

Wickham 8 — a constant threat, played very well

Fletcher 5 — totally anonymous

Subs:

Gómez 6 — relatively quiet from the Spaniard

Altidore 6— put himself about, caused trouble but no end product

Chelsea ratings:

Courtois 7 — didn’t have much to do but did it well

Ivanovic 6— below-par performance by his standards

Terry 7 — led the back four with the experience you expect from him

Cahill 7 — dealt with set-pieces well

Azpilicueta 6 — caught out of position a few times

Fàbregas 6 — couldn’t get time on the ball to show his quality

Matic 7 — a typically powerful performance, battled in midfield

Willian 7 — threatened a few times, Chelsea’s best attacker

Oscar 6 — muscled off the ball more than usual, misplaced passes

Hazard 6 — subdued performance from the winger

Costa 5 — barely touched the ball, could have been sent off

Subs:

Schürrle 6 — didn’t have time to influence the match

Drogba 6 — improved on Costa but was still dealt with by Sunderland’s centrebacks

Remy 6 — seems to be out of form

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