Sunderland under-23s got their Premier League International Cup campaign off to a winning start as they beat Hertha Berlin 2-0 at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening.

A first-half strike from the returning Paddy McNair followed by Tom Beadling’s last-gasp penalty secured all three points for the Black Cats, who are looking to improve on their run in the competition last season that saw them reach the final before losing 5-0 to FC Porto.

Here’s how the Wearsiders rated after their maiden win in this year’s competition:

James Talbot – 6 – The Black Cats’ goalkeeper was relatively unthreatened for most of the game as Hertha resorted to crosses in an attempt to pull back a late equaliser, but Talbot was a solid pair 0f hands when called upon.

Donald Love – 6 – The Scotsman was part of a defence that was not troubled too much over the course of the game although he coped relatively well with what was thrown at him down the right side of the back four.

Jack Rodwell – 7 – The midfielder was deployed as a centre-back on Tuesday night and coped as you would expect an experienced Premier League player to against younger opposition. He was dominant in the air and never ran into too much trouble while keeping Hertha’s attack at bay.

Tom Beadling – 7 – The 21-year-old started alongside Rodwell in central defence and put in a performance similar to that of the ex-Manchester City man, while also confidently dispatching a late penalty to double Sunderland’s advantage.

Brendan Galloway – 6 – The on-loan Everton man was the more attacking of the two full-backs and almost found himself through on goal towards the end of the first-half after a mazy run. He faced a brief spell of pressure towards the end of the game with Hertha chasing an equaliser but dealt with it well.

Rees Greenwood – 5 – The winger struggled to get involved in the game with the majority of Sunderland’s attacks focused down the centre of the pitch, and was starved of service for most of the 90 minutes as a result.

Ethan Robson – 6 – The midfielder was capable in the centre of the park alongside Bale and McNair, but was overshadowed by the former who enjoyed a better performance on the night before being taken off at half-time.

Adam Bale – 8 – The 19-year-old midfielder was energetic and combative in the centre of the pitch over the course of the game and was the main driving force in Sunderland’s midfield. His approach allowed Hertha little time on the ball in the first-half which was instrumental in the Black Cats taking the lead.

Paddy McNair – 7 – The Northern Irishman looked fit in his first outing since returning from a 10 month injury lay-off, although his appearance was limited to 45 minutes by manager Elliot Dickman. His header put the Black Cats in front and he also looked positive in possession as he attempted to send Watmore in behind Hertha’s defence at every opportunity.

Luke Molyneux – 5 – The wide man suffered a similar fate to that of Greenwood on the opposite flank, with much of the Sunderland attack focused down the centre of the pitch leaving him isolated out wide.

Duncan Watmore – 7 – The winger was deployed as a lone striker by Dickman in his 45 minute outing and was Sunderland’s main out-ball in the first-half with his pace causing several problems for Hertha’s defence. His run through on goal led to McNair’s opener and Sunderland missed his directness in the second-half.

Owen Gamble (Robson, 46′) – 6 – Gamble was brought on as a half-time substitute in midfield and was part of a slightly different Sunderland side in the second period, as Dickman’s side looked to conserve their lead rather than push for a second goal. Gamble saw less time on the ball than Robson as a result but performed relatively well in terms of protecting the defence as part of a midfield five.

Jack Diamond (McNair, 46′) – 6 – Diamond replaced the positivity of McNair by playing off Nelson’s lay-offs up front and looking to run at Hertha’s defence.

Andrew Nelson (Watmore, 46′) – 6 – Nelson came on up front at half-time and looked to hold the ball up and bring his team-mates into the game rather than make direct runs towards goal as Watmore did. Fellow substitute Diamond played off him and the two did their job in making sure the ball didn’t come straight back at the Black Cats’ defence.