Newcastle United booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday with a 3-1 win over fourth-tier Luton Town.

The Magpies were cruising after a first-half brace from Ayoze Perez was swiftly followed by Jonjo Shelvey’s third, but a 49th-minute Danny Hylton goal kept Luton in the tie until the closing stages.

Newcastle progressed, though, and here is how we rated the home players’ individual performances…

Freddie Woodman – 4

Settled after a nervy first hour in which Luton scored a soft goal. Made one smart stop.

Javier Manquillo – 4

Struggled against the Luton left winger throughout and too often gave the ball away cheaply.

Jamaal Lascelles – 5

Offset the usual astute defensive work with some lazy possession play before being withdrawn as a precaution.

Ciaran Clark – 6

Showed some nice touches but was too often left exposed by his defensive team-mates.

Paul Dummett – 5

Although solid enough at the back, the full back lacked quality in the final third at the other end.

Jacob Murphy – 7

Luton had no answer for the wide man’s pace and a jinking run down the left led to the first goal.

Jonjo Shelvey – 6

Took his goal well and drove the midfield forward. Made way shortly after a foolish foul and yellow card.

Mikel Merino – 7

Ran the midfield for Newcastle with fine work in defence and attack. Clashed with Clark after one Luton counter.

Matt Ritchie – 4

A clear lack of pace hindered numerous Newcastle attacks, while his final ball was also poor. Looked better on the right.

Ayoze Perez – 7

Too often ponderous, but linked play and was alert to twice profit from rebounds and set Newcastle on course.

Dwight Gayle – 7

The star of the show. Newcastle’s number nine did not find the net, but he was central to all three goals.

Isaac Hayden (sub for Lascelles) – 5

Accomplished in the first half, sloppy in the second. Escaped with a yellow after one particularly rash challenge.

Mohamed Diame (sub for Shelvey) – 5

Looked to dominate the Luton midfield but, as so often, struggled when asked to contribute in attack.

Henri Saivet (sub for Merino) – 5

Kept the midfield ticking over as Luton’s spirited challenge faded.

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