Sunderland 3 Newcastle 0: Player ratings as Sunderland make it six of the best after Coloccini's moment of madness

Steven Fletcher goes down for penalty. Pic by Frank Reid.
Steven Fletcher goes down for penalty. Pic by Frank Reid.

Record breaking Sunderland made it SIX derby day wins in a row after a 3-0 win over fierce rivals Newcastle United.

Adam Johnson opened the scoring from the spot before running the length of the pitch to celebrate in front of the Toon fans.

Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson

Billy Jones doubled the lead 65 minutes in, tapping home his second goal for the club - both of which have come against Newcastle - before Steven Fletcher made it 3-0.

But who won the man of the match award? Richard Mennear gives his player ratings:


Costel Pantilimon: 8. MOM. Pantilimon set the tone early on with a smart stop from Coloccini and proceeded to keep Sunderland in the game with a series of smart saves.

Fabricio Coloccini is sent off. Pic by Frank Reid.

Fabricio Coloccini is sent off. Pic by Frank Reid.

Huge save to deny Mitrovic, in particular.

DeAndre Yedlin: 6. First derby for Yedlin, coped well enough. Nothing too flash, kept things nice and simple.

John O'Shea: 6. Subbed with a hamstring injury 35 minutes in, blow for Sunderland who missed his organisational skills but Coates did well in his place.

Younes Kaboul: 7. Stepped up a gear when O'Shea went off injured. Took on more responsibility. Fine assist for Fletcher's goal.

Billy Jones: 7. Got forward a lot. Whipped in some fine crosses and was rewarded with his second goal for the club - both against Newcastle.

Lee Cattermole: 6. Vital last ditch tackle on Sissoko early on. Took over the captaincy after O'Shea went off and led the side well. Should have been booked though.

Yann M'Vila: 6. Not his best game first half but grew into the game and Jones scored Sunderland's second following his well executed volley.

Ola Toivonen: 5. Derby debutant had struggled badly before going off with a groin injury. Looked well off the pace.

Adam Johnson: 7. Scored the opener from the spot and saw another superb effort smash off the crossbar. Really bright all-round display.

Jeremaine Lens: 6. Another derby day debutant who struggled to make an impact in the opening 45 minutes. Improved when formation switched to 4-4-2.

Steve Fletcher: 7. Won the penalty. Put a shift in up front. And he capped a fine afternoon with a smart 86th minute goal to wrap up the win.


Sebastian Coates (O'Shea, 37): 6. Gave away a daft free-kick moments after coming on. After that did well to keep Newcastle at bay.

Jermain Defoe (Toivonen, 36): 6. Played the ball through for Fletcher before Coloccini barged him out the way.

Seb Larsson (Lens, 82): 6. Helped steady the ship.

Subs Not Used: Mannone, van Aanholt, Gomez, Watmore.


Goals: Johnson (pen, 45), Jones (65), Fletcher (86)


Rob Elliot: 5. Should have been quicker off his line when Fletcher was played through. Picked the ball out of his three times.

Daryl Janmaat: 6. Got forward at will, some lovely touches in Sunderland's final third. Poorer second half though.

Fabricio Coloccini: 4. Early chance saved by Pantilimon. Moment of madness cost Newcastle a 45th minute penalty and saw him red carded. Didn't need to barge into Fletcher. Showed up lack of pace.

Chancel Mbemba: 5. Aside from Newcastle spelling his name wrong on his shirt, the derby debutant did okay.

Paul Dummett: 5. Steady from Dummett but rarely troubled going forward.

Jack Colback: 5. Booked. Was taken off four minutes after the restart after crunching Cattermole challenge. He then faced a long walk around the pitch with abuse ringing in his ears, a day to forget for Colback.

Cheick Tiote: 6. Competitive in the centre as Newcastle dominated the first half. Booked early on and was never likely to last the game. McClaren sacrificed him at half-time.

Moussa Sissoko: 7. Positive running from the Frenchman, was Newcastle's best player first half.

Georginio Wijnaldum: 7. Positive again from the in-form Dutchman. Had a few chances but couldn't convert. He found Pantilimon in great form. A bright spark for Newcastle though.

Ayoze Perez: 5. Poor. Quite first half, was bullied off the ball a few times. Grew into the game a little more.

Aleksander Mitrovic: 5. Sent one header wide first half, didn't impose himself on the game. Missed a glorious chance in the 55th minute.


Jamal Lascelles (Tiote, 45): 5. Came on at the break, tough afternoon for the youngster.

Vurnon Anita (Colback, 45): 5. Didn't really help shore up Newcastle as Sunderland scored twice after the break to seal a sixth successive win.

Florian Thauvin (Dummett, 78): 5. Did nothing when he came on.

Subs Not Used: Woodman, Anita, Cisse, De Jong, Haidara.

Booked: Tiote (14), Colback (45)

Referee: Bobby Madley (West Yorkshire). 4/10 Got the penalty decision right but sending off was harsh given Elliot was there. Inconsistent decision making. Poor.

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