How did the players fare in Newcastle United's 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace?


Guaita 7; Ward 6, Cahill 7, Dann 7, VAN AANHOLT 8; McArthur 6, Kouyate 7 (Riedewald 88), McCarthy 6; Ayew 8, Benteke 6 (Tosun 88), Zaha 6.

Subs (not used): Hennessey (gk), Kelly, Keutcha, Meyer, Townsend.

NEWCASTLE (3-4-2-1):

8 DUBRAVKA: Made two sensational first-half saves to keep his side in the game – has been Newcastle’s best player all season

6 Fernandez: His commitment couldn’t be questioned and he made a couple of important blocks in the penalty area

6 Lascelles: Battled away against Benteke but didn’t look comfortable when the ball was delivered into the box

5 Schar: Got the nod to replace the injured Clark, but conceded the free-kick that led to Palace’s winner

5 Lazaro: Fared reasonably well against the dangerous Zaha before blotting his copybook with his stoppage-time dismissal

4 S Longstaff: Gave the ball away on countless occasions – his form continues to regress markedly from where it was last season

4 Bentaleb: Continues to show nothing to justify his continued presence in the starting line-up ahead of Hayden

4 Rose: Is yet to convince following his January arrival from Tottenham – seems to spend most of his time playing at half-pace

4 Almiron: Barely saw the ball in the second half and was far too easy for the Palace defence to contain

6 Saint-Maximin: Was always Newcastle’s most dangerous attacker – came close with a long-range chip that just cleared the crossbar

4 Joelinton: Yet another frustrating afternoon for the Brazilian – on this evidence, Steve Bruce is right, he isn’t a goalscorer


Gayle (for Almiron, 70): Didn’t have much of a chance to make an impact, but surely deserves a chance from the start against Burnley 5

Ritchie (for Rose, 70): Another player who merits a return to the starting line-up – Newcastle miss his drive and commitment 5

(not used): Darlow (gk), Lejeune, Yedlin, Hayden, M Longstaff.

Man Of The Match: PATRICK VAN AANHOLT – Not only did the former Sunderland full-back score the winner, he caused problems whenever he delivered a set-piece into the box.