Found himself conceding goals he could do little about, the scourge of any goalkeeper. Was constantly left exposed and showed his frustration with a bizarre clearance late on from the halfway line.
As a local boy it was clear he was up for the game, but too often he let his emotions get the better of him and his positioning - and Newcastle's goal - suffered.
Fashioned genuine goalscoring opportunities with his direct running but couldn't make the most of them. Switched off all too often at the back, though, allowing Borini and Alonso to get to the by-line on countless occasions.
Nothing seemed to go right for the Italian as his set-pieces failed to pose any threat and his defensive lapses contributed to his side's torrid afternoon. Substituted just after the break when it was clear his fortunes wouldn't be improving.
Didn't look comfortable all afternoon, skewing clearances and losing the ball in dangerous areas. Struggled with the strength of Altidore and often allowed the American to get the better of him.
His clumsy challenge in the area put his side on the back-foot and struggled to create anything when he found himself in advanced positions.
H. Ben Arfa
Largely anonymous as the hosts failed to establish any effective link between midfield and attack. Never improved in the second half either.
On the ball often but very rarely made the right decision and infuriated fans and team-mates by constantly picking a poor pass.
Possibly Newcastle's best performer as he attempted to pull the strings in the middle in the absence of Cabaye. Did test Mannone with a powerful effort.
Had a number of chances to add to his collection of derby goals but was constantly wasteful. Showed some nice touches but not enough.
Lively early on and his rangy running was a cause for concern for O'Shea et al. Lost his effectiveness as the hosts tried a more direct game and was sacrificed at the break for new-boy De Jong.
A comfortable afternoon for the Italian who had very few testing moments. Threw himself through the air to save Tiote's drive but most efforts were straight down his throat.
Got the ball rolling for Sunderland when his surge into the area was curtailed by Anita's challenge. Another impressive display that had the away fans singing his name by the end.
Booked in the opening stages for handball but it never posed a problem as Newcastle failed to conjure up any real threat. Looked good in the air as Sunderland dealt with everything thrown at them.
Provided a strong aerial presence against Shola Ameobi that thwarted the home side's direct gameplan. Happy to put his body on the line with some brave blocks in the second half.
Given very little food for thought by Sissoko and instead embarked on tormenting Debuchy by supporting Borini at every opportunity.
His sharp eye for a pass proved the catalyst for numerous Sunderland chances and his ability to win back possession stopped Newcastle in their tracks too often for the home fans' liking.
A solid debut from the former Brighton man as he looked to get on the ball at every opportunity in the opening stages. Was perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty when he appeared to bring down Shola Ameobi.
Revelled in a midfield role that gave him a lot of freedom to move, especially in the second half with the game stretched and the hosts searching for a way back into the game. Took his goal expertly.
At it again when he fired home his seventh goal in seven games. Constantly causing Santon a headache on the flank and showed fantastic footwork to baffle the Magpie's defence.
Bulldozed his way into the Newcastle area with ease, making light work of the challenges from the Newcastle back-four. If he could have added a finishing touch to his game today it would have made for a stellar performance.
Made no mistake from the spot with a confident penalty high into the roof of Krul's goal. A constant thorn in the side of Newcastle, and especially Santon, with his dribbling. He even managed to clear off the line at the other end.