Jak Alnwick - 7/10
The young goalkeeper fared well and was let down badly by his defence for Adam Johnson's late winner. Did particularly well in the air.
Paul Dummett - 6/10
Sunderland enjoyed shed loads of joy down Dummett's side and the Newcastle man should have done better.
Fabricio Coloccini - 5/10
Run absolutely ragged by Sunderland's front men, showing no leadership whatsoever for a captain.
Steven Taylor - 6/10
His bravery could not be questioned after he injured himself during a last-ditch challenge but couldn't impose himself enough to sort the Newcastle defence out.
Daryl Janmaat - 6/10
Did well going forward but didn't offer too much defensively.
Cheick Tiote - 5/10
Apart from committing several fouls, it was unclear exactly what Tiote offered Newcastle today. Some may argue that the Magpies didn't concede until Tiote came off but that was more to do with having three strikers on the field and being all at sea at the back.
Jack Colback - 7/10
Disciplined, organised and strong against his former side. If every Newcastle player performed like Colback, Sunderland wouldn't have been allowed to intimidate Alan Pardew's men as they did.
Moussa Sissoko - 7/10
The home side's man of the match until the last few minutes. Everything went through the 27-year-old but his inability to put up a much stronger challenge for a Sunderland counterattack inadvertently led to the winning goal.
Yoan Gouffran - 5/10
Barring a few wasteful shots, the Frenchman was anonymous against the Black Cats. The Tyne-Wear derby is no place for passengers.
Sammy Ameobi - 7/10
Did well down the left and needed a Papiss Cisse in the box for his crosses to be truly effective.
Ayoze Perez - 6.5/10
Did well, causing problems with his creativity and movement, but lacked the final finish in front of goal.
Adam Armstrong - 6.5/10
The 17-year-old changed the game in Newcastle's favour after coming in the second half by pushing the Sunderland defence deep. The issue, however, was that the hosts still couldn't find a goal and were far too attack minded when the away side broke away for the winner.
Papiss Cisse - 6/10
Should have started, although the reason he didn't was likely fitness-related. Could Cisse be too injury prone to make a difference for the Magpies right now?
Remy Cabella also came on with minutes remaining, with many observers arguing that he should have started ahead of Gouffran.