Newcastle United player ratings: Few impress in Stoke defeat

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Only a few Newcastle United players come out of their 1-0 defeat to Stoke City in the Premier League with any credit.

 

Rob Elliot 6 - Until the 81st minute, Elliot was solid between the sticks for Newcastle, but his lack of a dive for Xherdan Shaqiri's goal is going to result in questions being asked. The Republic of Ireland international only had to dive to his right and he would have got a touch to the ball. Instead, it went into the top corner and Newcastle lost the match.

 

Daryl Janmaat 6 - Did his job in defence, but he rarely featured in attack, which is the strongest part of his game.

 

Steven Taylor 7 - The club stalwart enjoyed a decent game alongside his younger teammate. His team suffered defeat but he cannot be criticised for his display.

 

Jamaal Lascelles 7 - The same can be said of former Nottingham Forest man Lascelles. He has had to wait for his chance in the team but he comfortably dealt with the threat of Jonathan Walters.

 

Paul Dummett 6 - The left-back was given the task of trying to contain Shaqiri and on the whole, he did a decent job. However, the Swiss winger was able to cut inside for the goal and it ultimately proved to be the difference.

 

Jack Colback 7 - Alongside Jonjo Shelvey, there wasn't too much quality from Colback but he showed that the team benefit from his work-rate in midfield. The pair should be given a run in the side together.

 

Jonjo Shelvey 7 - Like Colback, put a lot of work in for the cause, but he never produced any passes that helped Newcastle move into a forward position. It's an honour for him to be given the captain's armband, but it cannot take away from his game.

 

Moussa Sissoko 5 - The Frenchman's only contribution was failing to make the most of a chance in the penalty area during the early stages of the second half. Capable of much better.

 

Yoan Gouffran 5 - Full of endeavour, but Newcastle need more than that if they are going to survive in the top flight.

 

Aleksandar Mitrovic 5 - Newcastle needed someone in attack who could hold up the play, but Mitrovic didn't turn out to be that man. The ball constantly ricocheted off the forward and he never threatened all evening.

 

Substitutes

 

Emmanuel Riviere 5 - The Newcastle fans greeted his arrival with a chant of "you don't know what you're doing" for Steve McClaren. Produced one effort that went wide.

 

Seydou Doumbia 6 - For some reason, the on-loan striker began on the bench and he showed more in six minutes than Mitrovic did all match. Almost netted an equaliser in added-on time.

 

Ayoze Perez 5 - Was lively during his brief time on the pitch, but didn't produce anything of note.

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