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Newcastle United Vs Sunderland: Player Ratings

After every game we review and rate the performances of those in red and white. Here's some further reading on today's Tyne-Wear derby...

Stu Forster

Simon Mignolet - 8

Perhaps not the heroics that we have seen from him before but his saves in the first half shortly after Sessegnon's opener were a crucial factor in what followed.

Phil Bardsley - 8

Solid, calm, composed, and competitive. This was as good as Bardsley gets. His game stripped of the needless surrounding fat and his strengths accentuated. Well played, Sir.

John O'Shea -9

He has been criticised - fairly - of late but this performance was dripping in the kind of pedigree we know he has.

Carlos Cuellar - 8

Like Bardsley, not a stand-out performer, though he never let anyone down and absolutely played his part.

Danny Rose - 10

A stunning full back performance. No matter what was thrown at him he simply swatted it aside. Faultless.

Adam Johnson - 8

An incredible strike to essentially settle the contest. It was the goal he has been trying to score all season. Generally a thorn more than threat, but it's all about the end product really.

Alfred N'Diaye - 9

A giant in the centre of midfield against some genuinely strong opposition. Best game in a Sunderland shirt by far.

Seb Larsson - 8

You could hear the collective sigh around Sunderland when he was named in a central position, but he put in a superb performance. His tackling was pitch perfect.

James McClean - 8

Little product but he has to be praised for his discipline and defensive work in tracking and largely nulifiying the marauding Debuchy.

Stephane Sessegnon - 10

A wonderful virtuoso performance from Sess. Scored a cracker and dominated the Newcastle defence.

Danny Graham - 9

If his loyalties and commitment were questioned going in to this one, then they certainly can't be now. Never stopped running and bullying defenders. He has probably undone a lot of the damage done by Chopra today.

Jack Colback -7

Thrust into the fray in an unfamiliar right back position but steadfastly refused to be overawed. Did not let anyone down.

David Vaughan -8

Thwack! Swerve! Ping! Provided the sweetest of icing to the most sumptuous of cakes.

Kader Mangane - 7

He lives! HE LIVES!!!!!!

Man Of The Match - Sunderland AFC

Have we perhaps gone a little overboard here? May be a touch, but it isn't a day for restraint. It's a day to enjoy ourselves.

In the same vain, this was a performance that wasn't about individuals. There was a unity and cohesion about Sunderland that has been lacking for too long and it was that which won the game.

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