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Newcastle player ratings v Malaga: Cabella average, Coloccini awful

Newcastle United improved after the break but the damage was done in the first half as they lost 3-1 to Malaga in the Schalke Cup.

Rob Elliot - 7/10

The 28-year-old shot-stopper was beaten several times but, mostly, through no fault of his own. In fact, Elliot made several encouraging saves in the first half and was badly let down by his defenders.

Massadio Haidara - 5/10

A quiet day for Haidara, whose only real contribution was from set-piece deliveries. Did not help out especially at the back.

Stephen Taylor - 4/10

It would not flatter Malaga to suggest they could have been 6-0 up by half-time and Taylor was one of several players to blame. The centre-back stood off far too deep and showed poor marking all too often. Improved after half-time, however.

Fabricio Coloccini - 3/10

The Argentine endured a nightmare first half and was considerably off the pace. His reactions, decision making and man marking all deserted him and this will be a game Coloccini will want to quickly forget.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - 4/10

Linked with a move away from St James' Park this summer, the defender looked disinterested today after again being played at right-back. Yanga-Mbiwa could often be seen walking away from the ball, especially during the third goal.

Mehdi Abeid - 6/10

The midfielder ran well but his only noteworthy act in front of goal was a shot skewed well wide.

Jack Colback - 6/10

After a quiet first half, Colback made himself known in the second with some trademark tackles and more adventurous passes. Was replaced after 67 minutes.

Moussa Sissoko - 5/10

Didn't have much to feed off but was wasteful in front of goal. Newcastle's only real chances in the first half fell to Sissoko and he did nothing with either. Taken off at the break.

Remy Cabella - 6/10

The Magpies debutant was given a decent run-out before being taken off at half-time but didn't shine and got thrown about a bit by Malaga's physicality. Will have to toughen up ahead of the Premier League season and was accused by ex-Newcastle man Rob Lee of being 'lightweight.'

Adam Armstrong - 6/10

The young forward was virtually anonymous in the first half but could not be said to have had a particularly worse game than any of his team-mates. Came off at half-time.

Ayoze Perez - 6/10

Also came off at half-time after a reasonable 45 minutes. However, it was difficult to judge the Spaniard due to a complete lack of service.


Rolando Aarons - 6/10

The 18-year-old added some much-needed energy to the Magpies' performance, with Alan Pardew's side considerably better after half-time.

Emmanuel Riviere - 6/10

Wasn't too involved after coming on and needs more time to settle.

Gabriel Obertan - 7/10

Accused of being 'awful' since joining Newcastle by Lee in the studio, Obertan proved his critics wrong with a fine turn and finish to pull a goal back for the Magpies after being introduced as a substitute. The 25-year-old may well have to prove himself over the course of the season. This, though, was a decent start.

Yoan Gouffran - 7/10

The first Newcastle player to really test the Malaga goalkeeper with a stinging shot after coming on for the second half. The Magpies then scored from the following corner.

Paul Dummett, Vurnon Anita, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson and Lubo Satka also made brief cameo appearances.

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