Sunderland AFC U23 player ratings: Jack Diamond shines despite Newcastle derby defeat

Sunderland AFC suffered a two-goal collapse against Newcastle United U23s - but how did their players perform?

Friday, 4th January 2019, 3:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 12:31 pm
Jack Diamond impressed for Sunderland against Newcastle
Jack Diamond impressed for Sunderland against Newcastle

Despite the late heartbreak at the Academy of Light, there were several positive performances from Elliott Dickman's youngsters in a much-improved display. Scroll down and click through the pages to see how we rated the Black Cats in the Wear-Tyne derby:

Confident in his area and made some good stops. Little he could do about the goals. 6
Had a tough afternoon against the lively Adam Wilson, but far from a worrying display. 5

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Kept the usually effective Cal Roberts quiet for the most-part and covered Diamond's regular surges forward. 6
A composed head in front of the back four, the young skipper led by example. 7
Coped well with the withdrawal of partner Bainbridge and kept the Newcastle frontline on a tight watch. 6
Had looked impressive before he pulled up with a hamstring injury. His composure on the ball was a particular highlight. 6
Took his goal exceptionally well and was a threat throughout, although his end product was sometimes lacking. 7
A fairly quiet afternoon in the middle of the park for Hackett, who struggled to create. 5
Always lively, the Swede looked promising in possession but could offer more out of it. 6
Quietly efficient, the youngster fared well against some far more experienced and physical players. 6
Netted a stunning goal and will have given the Newcastle full-back nightmares after a dazzling performance. 8
(for Bainbridge) - Slotted in at centre back and performed well in what could have been testing circumstances. 6