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Sven Botman impresses, Chris Wood struggles: Newcastle player ratings vs Mainz

Newcastle United have ended their trip to Austria with a 1-0 defeat to Mainz.

It was a disappointing afternoon for the Magpies, who at least got some valuable minutes in the tank. While there were some poor performances, there were a few Toon players who did impress.

Here are our Newcastle player ratings against Mainz

Martin Dubravka 5/10

The Slovakian easily dealt with everything that came his way in the first half, but will be disappointed with his attempt to deny Mainz’s opener.

Kieran Trippier 6/10

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His failed quick free-kick led to Mainz taking the lead, which put a dampener on what was a positive performance.

Fabian Schar 7/10

A decent outing for the centre-back, who continues to build on his relationship with Sven Botman. Largely untested.

Sven Botman 8/10

This guy is the real deal. Impressive in possession again, and towering in the air. He’s a commanding presence, and passes with a purpose.

Paul Dummett 5/10

Heavily involved in the first half and tried to make things happen, but the left-back is very limited in possession. Replaced after half an hour by Matt Ritchie.

Miguel Almiron 6/10

Lively down the right with his pace and endeavour, and almost set Joelinton up for the opener. Usual problems persist though.

Sean Longstaff 7/10

A solid performance from Sean Longstaff in the middle of the park, but was unsurprisingly overshadowed by the two men alongside him.

Bruno Guimaraes 8/10

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The man just oozes class. It’s going to be a joy to watch him this season.

Joelinton 8/10

Picked up exactly where he left off last season. Joelinton was all over the pitch and looks ready to start his first full season as a Premier League midfielder.

Ryan Fraser 5/10

Saw a lot of the ball but did nothing with it. A really disappointing performance from Newcastle’s number 21.

Chris Wood 5/10

Missed Newcastle’s best chance of the first half and proved why Newcastle need a better backup option for Callum Wilson.

Substitutes

Matt Ritchie 6/10

Subbed on and off. Had one bright moment linking up with Bruno Guimaraes, but failed to deliver with his final ball. Good to get some minutes after missing the 1860 Munich game due to injury.

Dan Burn 6/10

Played a bit longer than most of the substitutes, and saw Newcastle concede just moments after coming on.

Nick Pope 6/10

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A seven is probably too high, but a six feels low. In truth, he had absolutely nothing to do. Did he even touch the ball.

Emil Krafth 6/10

Did his best to get forward from the right of defence.

Jamaal Lascelles 6/10

Better than he was against 1860 Munich, then he tackled Joe Willock…

Matt Targett 6/10

Nothing to write home about, but his forward passing was much better than the other two lads who played left-back.

Elliot Anderson 8/10

Newcastle’s best player in the second half. A real livewire in midfield who wants to make things happen.

Jonjo Shelvey 7/10

Steady in possession and almost carved Mainz open. However, he did miss a golden chance to test the keeper after smart work from Allan Saint-Maximin.

Joe Willock 5/10

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A pretty anonymous showing after his goal last time out.

Jacob Murphy 5/10

Fluffed a chance to score, in what was the only time he looked threatening.

Allan Saint-Maximin 7/10

An improved performance from Saint-Maximin, who did his best to involve his teammates. Still a way away from his best, however.

Callum Wilson 6/10

Missed Newcastle’s best chance of the second half after he was denied by the Mainz goalkeeper. We aren’t creating enough chances for him to truly thrive at the moment.

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