Marek Rodak: The Slovakian goalkeeper had no chance with either of Sunderland’s sweetly struck goals but he made vital saves when the Black Cats were threatening to equalise. He did well to push a dipping drive from the dangerous Amad Diallo during the home’s side strongest period of pressure before half time and made an outstanding point-blank save to deny his fellow FA Youth Cup finalist from 2014, Patrick Roberts, after the interval. 7

Kenny Tete: The Dutch defender’s devilish delivery induced Roberts into a ridiculous header that led to Fulham’s opening goal, but Tete was regularly discomforted by the direct running of Jack Clarke before he departed midway through the second half. This wasn’t the supreme showing from Friday night, but the full back was always offering an injection of pace in the final third. The only question about Tete remains whether he can shake off the injury proneness that has dogged his time at the Cottage. 7

Layvin Kurzawa: The French full back made just have fallen in love with the FA Cup, as Dan suggested last night. The staggering quality of his thumping volley from six yards out as the ball dropped between bodies six yards out hasn’t been talked enough. Kurzawa, who has now scored two and assisted another in his Cup outings for the Whites is the epitome of a modern full back, who focus more on getting in the final third than the traditional basics, including defending. His untimely slip allowed Jewison Bennette to strike a Sunderland second – but it didn’t prove too costly, thank goodness. 8

Tosin Adarabioyo: Not the ball-playing centre back’s most accomplished performance. He looked a little bewildered at times by the interplay between Diallo and Aboudallah Ba, who were paired together up in top by Tony Mowbray after the shattering loss of Ross Stewart for the season at Craven Cottage. You have to wonder whether both Tosin and Issa Diop are made to look much better with Tim Ream next to them. 6

Shane Duffy: This was the Ireland international’s first start since the evening we’d all rather forget at Crawley in August and it encapsulated why the Whites opted to make his loan switch from Brighton permanent. Fulham are still short of experience at centre half and Duffy’s seven years on the south coast, playing a pivotal role as the Seagulls established themselves in the Premier League, made he knows how to defend at the highest level. He was uncompromising in the tackle, good in the air and helped create the winner from Kurzawa, which he celebrated wildly. 8

Joao Palhina: The man with the octopus legs did what he does and kept winning the tackles in his 65 minutes on the pitch. The Portuguese offers power and purpose at the base of the Fulham midfield, which is why Marco Silva wanted him in the line up here. He did get a rest before Saturday’s meeting with Nottingham Forest and it was very nice of the Stadium of Light to serenade us all with his song before kick off. 7

Tom Cairney: The Nottingham Zidane warmed up for a reunion with his boyhood club with a peerless performance that simply wasn’t confined to the centre of the pitch. The midfield master craftsman oozed class from the outset and was up for the battle, winning possession and playing in Harry Wilson with a peach of a pass. He lasted the full ninety minutes, even winning the first header in the aerial pinball that resulted in Kurzawa’s winner. Everyone who said his legs had gone should forfeit all future hot takes. That day we win the FA Cup, can’t be a day too long? 9

Harry Wilson: Like the skipper, the Welsh winger had plenty of people writing him off. Wilson, who probably pushed his recovery from a serious knee injury in order to represent his country at the World Cup, could have had a hatful but the majesty of his outside of the boot eighth minute finish proves the old adage that form is temporary and class is permanent. It’s tough being a winger at Craven Cottage these days, but Wilson – one of the most important performances in last season’s success – will feel far more confident as a result of this outing. 8

Luke Harris: Silva sprung a surprise and slotted seventeen year-old Luke Harris into the number ten role. The teenager was much more suited to roaming behind the striker than the left wing position where he made his first senior side at Crawley. But the result was the same as he was hooked at half time, with the head coach keen to put the tie to bed. I felt it was harsh on the young man who almost made Rob Page’s World Cup squad: he looked bright and his intelligent movement caused Sunderland all sorts of problems. You know we’ll see more of him. 7

Manor Solomon: A lively showing from the Israeli international, who got more minutes in his legs here as he too recovers from a significant injury setback so soon into his Fulham career. Solomon glided across the challenging playing surface with both grace and pace, but did fail to pick the right option a couple of times in the final third. He’s a serious talent – and it is great to see him back playing regularly. 7

Carlos Vinicius: The Brazilian was getting pelters throughout the first half from the Fulham fans around me, but I thought he did better against Danny Baath and Dom Ballard last night than in the original tie. His strength and touch back for Wilson was superb, shielding the ball in an almost Zamora-esque fashion to enable a first time shot. That set the tone for the visitors’ strong start and Vinicius will be chomping at the bit for another opportunity. 7


Aleksandar Mitrovic: The Serbian striker still hasn’t scored in the FA Cup, but he made a decisive impact off the bench. He showed that burst of space Scott Parker discounted to accelerate onto a pass from Tom Cairney and, after his shot was saved, did brilliantly to poke the loose ball across for Andreas Pereira to score, whilst tumbling over an advertising hoarding. A Newcastle fan as a boy who idealised Alan Shearer was never likely to be popular in this parts and the number nine revelled in rattling the Roker End. 7

Andreas Pereira: Pereira, whose purchase many questioned, gave the Whites a two-goal cushion within ten minutes of coming off the bench. His dead ball delivery helped Fulham restore that advantage and the former Manchester United attacking midfielder is always an asset with his eagerness to both press the opposition and commit opposition defenders. 8

Bobby Decordova-Reid: Struggled at right back in the one-on-one situations after replacing Tete, but Decordova-Reid’s drive and determination were badly needed on the field in the closing stages. 6

Harrison Reed: The fact that Reed twisted his knee might explain a performance that was well below the ginger from Worthing’s usual standards. Sunderland looked more tenacious than him in the engine room, but Fulham survived another heart-stopping period of stoppage time to progress. 6

Dan James: No lack of pace or effort from Fulham’s final substitute, but an opportunity for him to repeat his clinching goal at Hull didn’t materialise even when Anthony Patterson ventured forward for a late corner. 6