74 touches, 13 duels won: Newcastle star in action-packed derby display

Newcastle United drew 1-1 at home to Sunderland this weekend.

Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko put in an all-round action-packed display as his side fought back to earn a 1-1 draw in the North East derby with rivals Sunderland on Sunday.

The Black Cats took the initiative in the Tyne-Wear derby, striking first blood as Jermain Defoe took advantage of some slack defending to fire his side into a first-half lead.

Newcastle battled back valiantly in the second period, earning a deserved draw when Aleksandar Mitrovic got on the end of Georginio Wijnaldum’s inviting cross eight minutes from time.

The Serbian international striker will rightfully earn the plaudits over the next few days, yet Magpies midfielder Sissoko was arguably their busiest player overall as he was heavily involved over the 90 minutes.

  TacklesDuels WonBall RecoveriesTouchesAccurate PassesKey PassesTotal CrossesMins Played
Moussa Sissoko 1 13 6 74 24 1 4 90

As shown by the table provided by Opta, the Senegal international posted a number of key contributions throughout as he used his superb energy levels to get up and down the pitch.

Sissoko posted one tackle, six ball recoveries, 13 defensive duels won, one key pass and four crosses as he looked to dominate the midfield and take more risks as his side went 1-0 down.

Moreover, in possession he was confident and willing, taking 74 touches and making 24 accurate passes.

With Norwich City beating West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, a draw arguably helps neither side in their bid for Premier League survival as they remain in the bottom three behind the Canaries.

For Rafa Benitez it was his first point in charge of the Magpies, and he will have seen a number of positives to work with as the Tyneside club gear up for a huge game at Norwich after the international break.

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