Newcastle United failed to beat lowly Swansea City at St James’ Park but at least escaped with a point after Joselu’s second-half equaliser.

The former Stoke City forward arrived from the bench in place of the misfiring Dwight Gayle and cancelled out Jordan Ayew’s opener with an assured finish.

Here is how we rated the home players’ individual performance after a disappointing result…

Karl Darlow – 6

Although largely a spectator, Darlow made a fine stop to initially deny Ayew before he nodded in the rebound.

DeAndre Yedlin – 5

The former Tottenham man disappointed both with and without the ball before making a vital late block.

Jamaal Lascelles – 6

This was another solid display from the captain, although he was beaten in the air for the goal as he looked to cover his centre back partner.

Ciaran Clark – 5

Clark mistimed his jump as Ayew scored and lacked his usual composure with the ball at his feet.

Paul Dummett – 7

Perhaps his best display since returning from injury, the left back was brave at the back and more adventurous than usual.

Matt Ritchie – 4

The Scottish international struggles to beat full backs at this level and his set-pieces were also poor against the Swans.

Jonjo Shelvey – 6

Playing against his former club, Shelvey drove the midfield forward and played a role in the equaliser before unwisely snubbing Rafa Benitez as he bowed out.

Mohamed Diame – 6

Showing energy and aggression in the middle of the pitch, the midfielder is finally hitting form in a black and white shirt.

Christian Atsu – 6

After starting brightly, the winger’s influence waned as the game wore on.

Ayoze Perez – 6

Although heavily involved in Newcastle’s best work once again, the Spaniard should have buried his first-half chance.

Dwight Gayle – 5

The Magpies’ number nine continued to get into the right positions, but he cannot buy a goal right now.

Joselu (sub for Gayle) – 7

Introduced shortly after the opener, Joselu worked hard and made an immediate impact with a well-taken strike.

Mikel Merino (sub for Shelvey) – 6

The Magpies’ midfield prospect kept the hosts on the front foot but could not forge an opening for the winner.