How did the players fare in Newcastle's 1-1 draw with Aston Villa?

NEWCASTLE (4-4-1-1):

5 Dubravka: Had a quiet evening for the most part, but will feel he should have done much better with Elmohamady’s equaliser

6 Manquillo: Was fairly solid in a defensive capacity, but wasn’t able to offer much from a wide position in an attacking sense

7 Lascelles: Kept Samatta quiet all evening and continues to lead his side with calm assurance from the heart of the back four

6 Fernandez: Had a couple of slightly shaky moments early on, but helped shut Villa out before Elmohamady’s late strike

6 Rose: Didn’t do much wrong in a defensive sense, although the attacking part of his game still isn’t at its sharpest

8 SAINT-MAXIMIN: The Frenchman was always the Newcastle player who looked likeliest to make an attacking impact

6 Hayden: Spent most of the night concentrating on his defensive duties against the dangerous Grealish and McGinn

6 Shelvey: Tried to spray his trademark passes around the field, but spent most of the night in a deep-lying position

6 Ritchie: Switched flanks on a number of occasions to try to make an impact, but was forced off with a niggle in the second half

5 Almiron: It wasn’t really the Paraguayan’s night as he struggled to find space in the final third

5 Joelinton: Wasn’t able to build on Sunday’s goal, with his only effort blocked by a sliding challenge from Mings


7 Carroll (for Joelinton, 63): Made a real impact after coming off the bench in the second half, and laid on Gayle’s goal with a neat pass

7 Gayle (for Ritchie, 67): Ended two years of an injury hell with a neat finish that highlighted his enduring goalscoring qualities

Bentaleb (for Hayden, 86)

Lazaro (for Almiron, 86)

(not used): Darlow (gk), Schar, Krafth, Yedlin, Muto.

ASTON VILLA (4-1-4-1):

Nyland 6; Konsa 5 (Elmohamady 77), Hause 6, Mings 7, Targett 7; Luiz 6; El Ghazi 6 (Hourihane 69, 6), McGinn 5 (Nakamba 77), GREALISH 7, Trezeguet 6; Samatta 4.

Subs (not used): Reina (gk), Taylor, Baston, Jota, Vassilev, Davis.

Man Of The Match: ALLAN SAINT-MAXIMIN – Even in an empty stadium, there is a frisson of excitement every time the Frenchman gets on the ball.