Newcastle player ratings V Reading: Magpies find their groove

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates

Newcastle beat Reading 4-1 in the Championship on Wednesday evening.

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring their third goal with team mates

Matz Sels 6.5/10 - The Belgian goalkeeper was relatively untested by Reading, but needs to start communicating with his defenders.

Vurnon Anita 7/10 - Having been deployed on the right wing in the opening two games, Anita looked much more steady at right back. The Dutchman was not as much of an attacking force as Janmaat, but appeared to be much more competent at his defensive duties.

Chancel Mbemba 7/10 - No slip ups this evening from Mbemba, whose error gifted Huddersfield victory on Saturday. The 22-year-old has been the only central defender to shine in black and white so far this season.

Reading's Garath McCleary scores their first goal from the penalty spot

Ciaran Clark 5.5/10 - A debut to forget for the former Aston Villa man. Clark gave away a penalty on the stroke of half time after putting in a horrifically timed sliding tackle in the box. The defender managed to find his way later in the game, but his card was already marked.

Paul Dummett 6.5/10 - Captaining the side in the absence of Lascelles, Dummett looked more assured than he has done in the opening two games, and even began to impress in possession. Pressure is still on him to nail down his place in the starting eleven.

Matt Ritchie 9/10 - A man of the match performance from Ritchie. The winger was at it from the first minute, with his energy and creativity almost infectious. The 26-year-old capped off his stellar performance with a goal from the spot.

Newcastle's Matt Ritchie scores their second goal from the penalty spot

Isaac Hayden 8/10 - The best of his three performances in black and white, Isaac Hayden was much more adventurous and got proceedings underway with a tidy finish in the first half.

Jonjo Shelvey 7.5/10 - Yet again the creative force in the middle for Newcastle. An improvement on his showing against Huddersfield, Shelvey played with more intensity, but needs to cut out the 'Hollywood' passes if he is to add the desired consistency to his game.

Yohan Gouffran 6.5/10 - A surprise in the Newcastle starting line up, Gouffran grew into the game on the left-hand side, and even got a standing ovation when replaced by Jack Colback. Not something Newcastle fans expected to see this season.

Ayoze Perez 7/10 - Back in the side due to Mo Diame's injury, the Spanish striker provided problems for the Reading defence. Playing as a front two alongside Dwight Gayle helped Perez, who had seemed lost playing in an attacking midfield role against Fulham.

Newcastle's Dwight Gayle scores their fourth goal

Dwight Gayle 8.5/10 - Three goals in two games now for the Newcastle number nine, who looks to be settling into life on Tyneside despite limited chances. His free kick was the pick of the goals, and could have had a hat-trick had it not been for the officials ruling out an earlier goal for handball.


Jamaal Lascelles (Perez 76) 6.5/10 - The Newcastle captain was a surprise omission from the starting line up, but remained professional when he was brought on to help his side see out the victory.

Jack Colback (Gouffran 84) 6/10 - Colback only touched the ball a handful of times, but was industrious in his 10 minutes on the pitch.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

Rolando Aarons (Ritchie 90) 6/10 - The winger did not have enough time to make an impact.

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