Sunderland vs Newcastle Player ratings as Magpies ease to victory in Tyne-Wear derby


Newcastle United booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday by beating rivals Sunderland 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.

In a wild first half, the Magpies went into the break ahead. The visitors didn’t have many chances, but Joelinton’s sparkling cross met Sunderland defender Daniel Ballard in the 35th minute, who deflected his cross into his own net.

Alexander Isak doubled Newcastle’s advantage just seconds after the break, then scored a late penalty to add some gloss to the scoreline. It was Newcastle’s first Tyne-Wear derby win since 2011.

The atmosphere at the Stadium of Light was bubbling and Newcastle did their best to calm the home crowd in the opening minutes. The Magpies put some pressure on the Sunderland goal but the hosts responded well with some ferocious challenges that were met with emphatic roars from the stands.

One of the biggest flares in a first half with a dearth of clear-cut chances came just before the half-hour when Isak put himself through on goal. The Swede went to ground after tangling with Sunderland centre-back Ballard, but referee Craig Pawson waved play on. If he blew for a foul on the edge of the field, the defender would probably see red.

However, Ballard’s presence on the pitch led to the first goal of the game and the 24-year-old put Newcastle ahead. Joelinton broke down the left wing for the Magpies and fired a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Ballard stuck out a leg to deny Isak at the far post but sent the cross into his own net.

As the half drew to a close, Miguel Almiron saw his acrobatic volley just wide of Anthony Patterson’s goal. Newcastle were in control in an intense first 45 minutes.

It would take Newcastle just 30 seconds after the break to double their lead, Sunderland the architect of their own downfall. Pierre Ekwah was caught in his own box by Almiron who rolled the ball over to Isak to slot into the empty net. A disastrous piece of defense against black cats.

Ekwah almost redeemed himself a few minutes later, but his deflected effort was saved by the legs of Martin Dúbravka. Alex Pritchard also saw his long-range effort hit the crossbar in the 58th minute as Sunderland looked to reduce the deficit.

Almiron came close to giving Newcastle what would have been a deserved third but his powerful effort was well blocked by Luke O’Nien. Pritchard tested Dúbravka at the other end shortly after with a neat effort off the boot which the Slovakian pushed wide.

Isak would then seal Newcastle’s passage to the fourth round of the FA Cup just before the break, the striker slotting home a penalty after Anthony Gordon was brought down by Ballard to make it three in a memorable game for the Magpies at the Stadium of Light.

Newcastle player ratings

GK: Martin Dubravka – 7/10 – Made smart stops to deny Ekwah and Pritchard in the second half, but wasn’t tested often enough.

RB: Kieran Trippier – 7/10 – Offered some promising overloads down the right, with a few tempting deliveries into the box.

CB: Fabian Schar – 7/10 – Rarely tested defensively and enjoyed a comfortable afternoon despite a hostile atmosphere.

CB: Sven Botman – 7/10 – Will be pleased with a well-earned clean sheet, the Dutchman too sharp for Sunderland’s forward players.

LB: Dan Burn – 7/10 – His lack of pace was notable on occasion, but was otherwise solid for his boyhood club.

CM: Sean Longstaff – 6/10 – A few openings which he snatched at, including a decent chance from inside the area that was sent over the bar.

CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 8/10 – Dictated the tempo of the game with an elegant midfield performance. Superb throughout.

CM: Joelinton – 7/10 – A darting run down the left and a wicked delivery forced the opener, with the Brazilian helping Newcastle boss the midfield. Substituted just after half-time due to injury.

RW: Miguel Almiron – 9/10 – A bundle of energy down the right flank, offering great attacking threat and also defensive support when required. His persistence forced Ekwah’s error for Newcastle’s second, the Paraguayan putting in a wonderful display.

ST: Alexander Isak – 8/10 – Took his goal well with a well-placed left-footed finish, his presence at the back post also forcing Ballard to turn into his own net. Took his penalty with aplomb.

LW: Anthony Gordon – 8/10 – Back to his electric best up against young Hume, skinning the full-back on several occasions. The liveliest attacking outlet for the Magpies, also winning a late spot kick for his side.

SUB: Lewis Miley (47′ for Joelinton) – 6/10 – His introduction was made simpler by the fact that Newcastle had just scored their second before he came on, but the youngster put in another steady showing.

SUB: Jamaal Lascelles (90′ for Schar) – N/A

SUB: Paul Dummett (90′ for Burn) – N/A

SUB: Matt Ritchie (90′ for Gordon) – N/A

SUB: Tino Livramento (90′ for Almiron) – N/A

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