Newcastle United drew 1-1 with Leeds on Friday night, and once again it was an inconsistent performance from Steve Bruce’s side.
At times we looked all over the shop, others we were a threat going forwards.
But who impressed for Newcastle, and who didn’t?
Karl Darlow – 7
It was a steady return for Karl Darlow, who replaced Freddie Woodman.
He made a fair few saves, but most of Leeds’ efforts were straight at him. His best stop was to ensure Jamaal Lascelles didn’t score an own goal.
Javi Manquillo – 7
Another steady performance from the Spaniard after his goal at Old Trafford. Unable to influence proceedings in attack though.
Isaac Hayden – 7
Once he moved into midfield, Hayden had a really solid game. He made some big tackles, much to the joy of supporters.
He looks so much more comfortable in midfield and needs to stay there.
Jamaal Lascelles – 6
Not his best night in a Newcastle shirt, but not his worst either. Fairly solid and limited Patrick Bamford.
Ciaran Clark – 5
Not bad defensively, but really poor any time he received possession. Multiple times in the first half he just lumped it into touch, at a time when the crowd was already riled up.
Matt Ritchie – 7
Very nearly got Newcastle an equaliser, but was denied by the post. A typical Matt Ritchie performance, who coped well when Bruce changed to a back four.
Joe Willock – 5
A really disappointing performance from Willock. He did play a part in the goal, but that was his only real positive moment.
He looked incredibly tired towards the end and was lucky not to be substituted.
Sean Longstaff – 7
An assured performance in the middle once again from Sean Longstaff, who is enjoying a decent run in the starting XI.
However, he was often let down by a lack of movement from his teammates.
Joelinton – 8
One of his better performances in a Toon shirt. Joelinton looks much more comfortable out wide, and set up Allan Saint-Maximin’s goal.
Miguel Almiron – 5
After such a positive showing last weekend, Almiron was underwhelming against Leeds.
He didn’t get much joy against Junior Firpo, who did his best to kick the Paraguayan out the game.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 9
Newcastle’s best player by far. The Frenchman took his goal brilliantly, and was the closest Toon player to snatching a winner. Where on earth would we be without him?
Subs: Ryan Fraser – 5, Emil Krafth – N/A, Jacob Murphy – N/A