Not called upon much in the first half, but got off his line quickly when required. Couldn't be blamed for the goal.
Kept tight to Best at all times and cut off most balls through to the forward.
Got across brilliantly to put a stop to a driving run by Enrique, limited Barton's contribution.
Ameobi dropping off to the left caused him some problems but adjusted well to deal with it. Generally defended well against Gutierrez until being sacrificed for Zenden with 15 minutes to go.
Cleared a Coloccini shot off the line, booked for a late challenge on Smith and was guilty of some misplaced passes. Provided little in an attacking sense.
Not his usual composed self, seemed eager to impress but his positioning was a bit suspect at times against his former club. Caused some problems by Ameobi's movement.
Ahmed El Mohamady
Sometimes a little sloppy in possession but got back to provide cover for Onuoha, had a good contest with Enrique and got some quality balls into the box.
With Cattermole out he had to adopt a more defensive role than usual and hustled opposition midfielders, winning the ball back for his side. Didn't provide much going forward, to his side's detriment.
Wonderful pass to release Bent for an early chance on the counter and tested Harper with a stinging drive from the edge of the box. Faded in the second half but never gave up for his side.
Made intelligent runs and looked lively but a lot of the balls he received required him to flick the ball on and didn't play to his strengths. Bundled home a late goal to restore some derby pride for the home faithful.
Put through by Malbranque inside 10 minutes and did well to beat the recovering Coloccini but hit his shot straight at Harper and should have done better. Let the ball get away from him on a separate run when Gyan had made a good run in support.
Got down well to deny Malbranque with a low shot towards his bottom right-hand corner.
Relatively quiet game by his standards. Malbranque was never going to beat him for pace so he could've been a lot tighter to him. Coped well when Gyan pulled off to the left flank.
Had a shot from a corner cleared off the line and got across well to intercept when Bent was dribbling forward. Dominant display.
Probing run into the heart of the Sunderland defence was cut out by Bardsley, defended resolutely against Elmohamady.
Had a good understanding with his partner and got across to cover well. Provides a useful foil for Coloccini.
Put his body on the line to block a Henderson piledriver at the end of the first half. His goal was scrappy, but he won't care, turning in a knock down from a corner from about 2 yards.
Riled the crowd with his dawdling on set pieces but provided good quality into the box. Kept a little quieter than usual by Bardsley.
Glorious early chance to give his side the lead when he beat the offside trap in the first 3 minutes, but slid his shot wide of the right-hand post. Improved as the game went on and dropped off to the left side to good effect. Sent a free header from a corner over the bar but it was his pressure from the corner that lead to the opening goal.
Fiery as ever and always willing to throw himself into a challenge, caught late by Richardson in the first half and had to go off. Replaced by Guthrie.
A lot of groundwork but more often than not his flicks and touches didn't come off and he lost possession. A handful in the air, taken off in the dying moments for Lovenkrands.