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, 15:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 12:31 pm
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
Kept the usually effective Cal Roberts quiet for the most-part and covered Diamond's regular surges forward. 6

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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