Team of the week: The Sunderland, Newcastle and South Shields players who shone

It was a mixed bag for the North East’s clubs this weekend with Sunderland and South Shields winning on the road and Newcastle United suffering defeat at European champions Liverpool.

Monday, 16th September 2019, 3:34 pm
Sunderland's players celebrate one of their three goals at Accrington on Saturday.

But how did their players rate? Here’s our Gazette weekend XI – with the Black Cats and the Mariners featuring highly.

The search for a clean sheet goes on after a disappointing early goal, but again commanded his box well in the latter stages. A couple of smart stops prevented a set piece goal making it a nervy finish.
The South Shields right back was excellent in his side's 2-1 weekend win. On loan from Sunderland.

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Led the defence well on an awkward afternoon for United.
Another convincing display. Showed his pace to recover some threatening situations, good in the air against a physical attack and composed on the ball.
A fine assist to quickly get his side level and got in some dangerous areas. Did his job defensively, giving it away once or twice but rarely beaten on the whole.
Put in a typically-committed performance against a very good Liverpool midfield.
Had a hand in both goals, one assist. The South Shields midfielder is sharp making a name for himself at Mariners Park.
Quality on the ball was mixed in the opening exchanges but grew into the game and did really well to trigger the third goal. Put in a real shift to see the game out in the second half.
Quiet in the second half but had done plenty of damage by then. Unlucky not to produce an assist with the score at 1-1, but did so for the third with a superb, unselfish dummy to then tee up McNulty.
Again produced a moment of real quality at the Wham Stadium. His third goal in as many visits here, showing composure and quality to find the top corner with three defenders closing down. Composure on the ball was important in the second half.
Rolled back the years on his return from injury. The veteran was played up front for South Shields for the first time in years and netted a fantastic volley.
Opened his United account three games into his Premier League career, faded after the break.
A hat-trick in a 5-1 win over North Shields for the Hebburn Town striker.
Jarrow's Glen Hargrave was forced to go in goal - saved a penalty in a 2-1 win. Then scored two goals himself in the next game, a 3-1 win. A remarkable week for the player.