Newcastle United managed a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at the St. James’ Park after they held on to a slim one-goal lead until the final whistle. Newcastle went ahead in the 19th minute in a very dominant first-half performance.
Stoke managed to level the proceedings through a wonderful long-range effort from Xherdan Shaqiri after which Newcastle center-back put them in the lead again scoring a really good header from a Matt Ritchie corner. There was a perceptible change in offensive gear for Stoke towards the end of the second half but had nothing to show for it. Below are Newcastle United player ratings:
Elliot had little to do in the first half but made a vital save in the second half. He maintained a really good composure towards the end of the game.
DeAndre Yedlin had a decent game and had a really good contest with Ramadan Sabhi towards the end.
Clark did really well to withstand Stoke’s offensive pressure and made some vital tackles and clearances.
Not only did he have a good game defensively but also came up with the all important goal with a great header in the 68th minute.
Chancel Mbemba did really well to remain offensively influential while being defensively solid.
Hayden had an average game and could have closed down Shaqiri for his goal.
Merino too had an average game as he made a few mistakes by losing possession in dangerous positions.
Atsu was excellent throughout the game as he made several marauding run forward through the left and centre and maintained the ball upfield.
Perez did really well to pressurize Stoke City defenders into making errors and showed a really good work-rate.
Ritchie had an excellent game, providing two assists with two really good crosses.
Joselu had a good game but didn’t have anything to show for in terms of a goal.
Shelvey tried two long-range efforts after coming one of which was blocked in time while the other flew way over the cross-bar.
Gayle injected some energy into the game, chased lost causes and made it hard for Stoke defenders to have time on the ball.
Diame played too little to warrant a rating.