Completely untroubled by the visitors until Bent's consolation.
Strong in the challenge and shepherded Bent, eliminating the threat he posed.
Cultured defender, happy to take a touch and pick a pass when the moment requires it but also sends it long under pressure. Always made the right decision.
Disciplined performance, got forward when required and shackled the previously impressive Elmohamady, ensuring he was withdrawn before the break.
A much stronger option than Perch, marked Welbeck out of the game and was harshly booked after a fair but fair challenge on the Sunderland winger.
Powerful dribbler and has an eye for a pass, played an important role in disrupting Sunderland's midfield and enjoyed the extra space afforded to him once the Black Cats went down to 10 men.
Gave Newcastle the lead with an impressive improvised finish and was in the right place at the right time to capitalise for the second goal. Completed his hat-trick in the second half with a header.
Had a good long range effort saved by Mignolet in the build-up to the opening goal. Good movement and application from the midfielder.
Rounded off Newcastle's first half dominance with a wonderfully taken penalty that rifled into the side netting of the bottom left-hand corner. Added a second and Newcastle's fourth with an emphatic finish.
Powerful run through the Sunderland defence early on and the visitors struggled to cope with his power and movement. Although it wasn't what he intended, his scissor kick provided the assist for Newcastle's second goal.
Nervous attempt to punch in the opening minutes but recovered with a couple of good saves, first from Carroll and then from Barton. Couldn't really be blamed for any of the goals.
Looked shakey and was troubled by Carroll's movement throughout. Had put in some important challenges in the first half but waned in the second.
Given his marking orders early in the second half after a last ditch challenge on Carroll. Had looked relatively solid up until this point.
Well timed tackle to prevent shooting opportunity for Carroll after the Newcastle man weaved through the Sunderland defence. Continued to be solid as the first half progressed but was overcome by the Newcastle United tidal wave.
Gave away the penalty for Newcastle's third goal after a clumsy challenge on Gutierrez.
Sunderland's only bright spark, composed in midfield and provided a touch of finesse. Drifted out of the game as it progressed.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Struggled to get into the game and was hooked with five minutes to go at the end of the first half to be replaced by Gyan.
Too eager to fire the ball over the top for Bent to chase, looked rushed whenever he had possession. Replaced by Mensah as Sunderland looked to prevent further embarrassment.
Dominated by Barton and Tiote, couldn't get onto the ball and spent most of the game trying in vain to prevent Newcastle steam rolling forward.
Feeding off scraps for the entire game, made a bright run when Welbeck broke on the counter in the first half. Rarely touched the ball until he grabbed a late consolation.
Broke on the counter early on but failed to spot Bent unmarked to his left and spurned the opportunity. Sacrificed in the second half as Bruce brought on Richardson after Bramble was sent off.