How did Newcastle's players rate in their 1-1 draw against Royal Antwerp?

Newcastle United were held to a 1-1 draw by Royal Antwerp in Spain this afternoon.

Sunday, 18th March 2018, 7:28 pm
Updated Sunday, 18th March 2018, 8:20 pm
Victor Fernandez

Matt Ritchie put Rafa Benitez's side ahead in the first period at the Pinatar Arena in Murcia.

However, Antwerp substitute Alexander Corryn levelled in the 91st minute.

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So how did Newcastle's players rate in the unsual 135-minute game?

Martin Dubravka: Had very little to do in the first two periods – 6

Javier Manquillo: Got up and down and tried to play on the overlap – 6

Chancel Mbemba: Steady 45-minute run-out ahead of DR Congo's international against Tanzania – 6

Victor Fernandez

Florian Lejeune: Strolled through the first period before his withdrawal – 6

Massadio Haidara: Defended and attacked well in a rare 90-minute run-out – 6

Matt Ritchie: Opened the scoring with a superb chip and never stopped running and talking – 7

Jonjo Shelvey: Moved the ball well and put his foot in when he had to in the first period – 6

Victor Fernandez

Mikel Merino: Couldn't convert what was arguably the best chance of the game – 6

Jacob Murphy: Had some joy down the left in the second period when his pace got him into some dangerous positions – 6

Christian Atsu: Started up front, but didn't have too many chances in and around the box – 5

Joselu: Put a header wide, and didn't threaten the goal – 5


Jamaal Lascelles (for Lejeune, 46): A commanding presence at the back – 6

Isaac Hayden (for Shelvey, 46): Battled well in midfield and didn't shirk a tackle – 6

Ciaran Clark (for Mbemba, 46): Talked and organised United's defence well – 6

Nathan Harker (for Dubravka, 91): Conceded a goal seconds into his debut, but recovered well – 6

DeAndre Yedlin (for Manquillo, 91): Combined well with fellow substitute Fernandez – 6

Paul Dummett (for Haidara, 91): Fizzed a shot from distance just over the crossbar – 6

Victor Fernandez (for Ritchie, 91): Caught the eye on his debut, combined well with Yedlin – 7

Mohamed Diame (for Merino, 91): Made an impact in midfield after coming off the bench – 6

Kenedy (for Murphy, 91): Didn't get into the game and was a peripheral figure – 5

Dwight Gayle (for Atsu, 91): Denied twice, once from the penalty spot, in the final period – 5

Ayoze Perez (for Joselu, 91): Was heavily involved in the final period as Newcastle pressed for a winner – 6