The Newcastle v Sunderland player ratings by United fans, giving us a perfect overview of Sunday afternoon’s match at the St James Park.
Newcastle scored in the final minutes to prevent a disastrous seventh derby defeat in a row.
At least some local pride restored and the avoidance of a terrible match outcome in this relegation fight.
Rob Elliot (7.5) is yet again Newcastle United’s man of the match, making some great saves to keep United in the game and even unlucky with the goal, a good initial stop but the defenders allowing Defoe a free shot in the ensuing action.
As for outfield players, Aleksandar Mitrovic (7.0) is highest rated after his goal and a committed performance, even trying to get back on when seemingly concussed.
After that you have Chancel Mbemba (6.7) who on his return looked a class apart at the back, even though looking not 100%.
Next best was Andros Townsend (6.6), the only player who represented any kind of a threat in the opening half, the only Newcastle prepared to run with the ball.
At the other end of the spectrum, both full-backs were very poor. Jack Colback (3.8) was lowest of all, whilst it was later revealed that Daryl Janmaat (4.9) may have been carrying an injury – the Dutch international pulling out of the Holland squad.
Those in the middle of the pitch were all pretty desperate, with Ayoze Perez (5.3), Moussa Sissoko (5.0) and Gini Wijnaldum (5.5) failing to step up in this latest derby disappointment.
These are the collective fan ratings as at 10am on Monday 21 March:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Sunderland player ratings, go HERE and you can still input your own marks out of 10 for each player, then check back later to see whether the overall interactive ratings have changed for the team as more fans vote.