Newcastle United lost out at Sunderland - but who impressed?

Newcastle United U21 player ratings: Matthew Longstaff shines despite Sunderland derby defeat

Newcastle United U21s lost out to Sunderland in the Checkatrade Trophy - but were far from disgraced in defeat.

Four second half goals sentenced the Magpies' youngsters to defeat, but they can leave Wearside with their heads held high after a battling performance. Our reporter, Joe Nicholson, has dished out his player ratings from the tie - with plenty of positives for manager Ben Dawson to take. Scroll down and click through the pages to see who shone - and struggled - for the Magpies:

Not many shots to save. Hesitant coming off his line for crosses... 5

1. Nathan Harker - 5

Not many shots to save. Hesitant coming off his line for crosses... 5
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Solid for most of the game as most of Sunderlands attacks came down the opposite flank...6

2. Oliver Walters - 6

Solid for most of the game as most of Sunderlands attacks came down the opposite flank...6
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A difficult task at full-back with Luke ONien regularly foraying forward for Sunderland. The Newcastle defender held his own in the first half...6

3. Liam Gibson - 6

A difficult task at full-back with Luke ONien regularly foraying forward for Sunderland. The Newcastle defender held his own in the first half...6
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Led by example at the heart of defence and made several crucial blocks in the first half... 7

4. Owen Bailey - 7

Led by example at the heart of defence and made several crucial blocks in the first half... 7
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