Match ratings: How did Newcastle's players score in their Burton win?

Matt Ritchie celebrates only to see his 'goal' chalked off.
Matt Ritchie celebrates only to see his 'goal' chalked off.

Newcastle United edged another step closer to promotion with a much more comfortable 1-0 win than the scoreline suggested.

But how did the players, and more importantly the referee, rate in the encounter? Here is our take on the game...

Karl Darlow - One outstanding save to deny an equaliser. Solid performance, despite taking a few hard knocks... 7

Vurnon Anita - Rarely tested. Had a pretty comfortable night on the right-hand side of the back four... 6

Jamaal Lascelles - Won everything in the air. Much more solid than the weekend... 7

Chancel Mbemba - A very good return to the XI. Read the game very well... 7

Paul Dummett - Was a real outlet down the left... 6

Jonjo Shelvey - Controlled things early on, given loads of space. Influence waned as game wore on... 7

Mo Diame - Looks better further back. No doubt at all about that... 6

Christian Atsu - Not one of his better days, although did link up with Dummett well early on... 6

Ayoze Perez - Full or running and craft. Should have scored in the second-half... 7

Matt Ritchie - Outstanding again. Performance deserved the two goals but only rewarded with one right-footed cracker... 8

Dwight Gayle - Was supposed to have committed an imaginary foul on the edge of the area for penalty. Aye, right... 7

Subs

Sammy Ameobi (for Atsu 89)... N/A

Daryl Murphy (for Gayle 90)... N/A

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Jesus Gamez, Grant Hanley, Yoan Gouffran.

Yellow: Lascelles

Red: None

Goal: Ritchie 69

Burton XI: Jon McLaughlin 6, Tom Flanagan 5, John Brayford 5, John Mousinho 6, Ben Turner 6, Marvin Sordell (Cauley Woodrow 85, N/A) 6, Lucas Akins (Lloyd Dyer 80, N/A) 6, Luke Varney 6, Lasse Christensen (Michael Kightly 70, 5) 6, Luke Murphy 5, Jackson Irvine 7.

Subs not used: Kyle McFadzean, Stephen Bywater, Damien McCrory, Tom Naylor.

Yellow: None

Red: None

Goal: None

Referee: Keith Stroud - An absolute shocker. 0 doesn't do it justice... -1