Newcastle 1 Sunderland 1: Defoe and Mitrovic with the goals but who scooped man of the match?

The Tyne-Wear derby finished all square with Aleksandar Mitrovic's late header cancelling out Jermain Defoe's first half volley.

Sunday, 20th March 2016, 2:38 pm
Updated Sunday, 20th March 2016, 2:46 pm
Yann M'Vila clears off the line at St James's Park

The game finished all square at St James's Park, with Sam Allardyce and Rafa Benitez having to make do with a point.

Richard Mennear gives his player ratings below:

Sunderland (4-1-4-1)

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Vito Mannone: Comfortable first half with two routine saves. More involved second half as Newcastle pressed forward, could do little with the goal.....6

DeAndre Yedlin: Covered well, denying Sissoko early on. Linked up well with Borini and put a shift in. One of his brighter performances......6

Younes Kaboul (C): Named ahead of John O'Shea and didn't disappoint. Was forced off with a calf injury though and Sunderland suffered......7

Lamine Kone: Saw a free header fly over the crossbar. Dominated Mitrovic in the first half....7

Patrick van Aanholt: Had a fierce attempt well-saved by Elliot. Provided support and pace down the left flank.....6

Jan Kirchhoff: Usual commanding performance from Kirchhoff, a superb January signing. Worryingly can't last a game though. MOM....8

Jack Rodwell: Saw a strong header saved. Played a great ball to Defoe but he couldn't take advantage. Did well in the centre, committed...7

Yann M'Vila: Sunderland won the midfield battle in the first half, with M'Vila winning first and second balls. Cleared off the line just after break.....7

Wahbi Khazri: Improved set piece delivery as game wore on but this was one of his quieter games. Made little impact. Subbed midway through second half.....5

Fabio Borini: Worked really hard, caused Colback a lot of problems. Defoe's opener came from his fierce attempt on goal.....7

Jermain Defoe: Skewed a shot over the bar from close range before shooting wide from close range but scored just before the break with a well-taken volley.....7


John O'Shea (for Kaboul, 72): Sunderland were sitting too deep even before O'Shea came on...5

Dame N'Doye (for Khazri, 75): Poor sub appearance by N'Doye. At fault for Newcastle equaliser...5

Lee Cattermole (for Kirchhoff, 83): Added some bite to midfield....5

Subs Not Used: Pickford, Jones, Lens, Toivonen.

Booked: Mannone (90, timewasting)

Goals: Defoe (44)

Newcastle (4-2-3-1):

Rob Elliot: Strong hand to deny Jack Rodwell in early stages. Made a good save in build-up to Defoe's opener.....6

Daryl Janmaat: First 10-minutes aside, didn't get forward as often as Benitez would have liked. Booked and was taken off.....5

Jamaal Lascelles: Steady at the back for Newcastle, improved second half....6

Chancel Mbemba: Went on one mazy run which saw him blast a shot well side. No surprise he won the aerial battle against Defoe. Did well on his return.......7

Jack Colback: Gave away too many cheap free-kicks at left-back. Booked and now faces two-game ban. Poor overall.....5

Jonjo Shelvey (C): Curled a free-kick wide on the half-hour mark. Sat deep for Newcastle and struggled to dictate play.....6

Moussa Sissoko: One counter-attack in the first-half side, Sissoko was woeful down the left flank. Really poor and no surprise fans on his back. Improved late on....5

Georginio Wijnaldum: Looked unsure where he was supposed to be playing. Had very little impact on the game until he produced a superb cross for Mitrovic's equaliser.....6

Andros Townsend: Caused Sunderland problems with his crossing, forced Mannone into a save. MOM.....7

Ayoze Perez: Had little impact first half and looked lost at times. Saw his shot cleared off the line just after the re-start.....6

Aleksandar Mitrovic: Blasted high over the bar from close range 7 minutes in. Flattered to deceive first half but scored the equaliser with a powering header....7


Siem De Jong (for Colback, 62): Newcastle looked more of a threat when he came on. 6

Vurnon Anita (for Janmaat, 72): Played right back, steady. 6

Papiss Cisse (for Townsend, 76): Helped Newcastle come back into the game.6

Subs Not Used: Darlow, Saivet, Taylor, Riviere.

Booked: Colback (14, foul), Janmaat (shirt-pull, 36), Shelvey (52, foul).

Goals: Mitrovic (83)

Referee: Martin Atkinson (Bradford) Kept the game flowing, got the big decisions correct....6/10

Attendance: 52,311