Match ratings: How did Newcastle United's players rate in Fulham defeat?

Newcastle United were yet again knocked down a peg on home turf, this time by Fulham.

Saturday, 11th March 2017, 4:13 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:05 am
Fulham celebrate scoring their third.

But how did the players rate in the 3-0 loss?

Here's our take on this afternoon's St James's Park failure...

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Newcastle XI

Karl Darlow - Had very little to do bar pick the ball out of the net three times... 6

Vurnon Anita - Came out of this one the least damaged of United's backline... 6

Jamaal Lascelles - An error-strewn game for the usually solid defender. Not one of his better days... 4

Rafa Benitez and his coaching staff.

Ciaran Clark - Injury seemed to cut his day short... 5

Paul Dummett Gave away a late penalty and was at fault for the third... 4

Jack Colback - Gave absolutely everything out there but looks a very, very tired midfielder. Looks like he needs a rest... 6

Jonjo Shelvey - Allowed petulance to get the better of him in the first half and never really recovered from it in the second... 4

Rafa Benitez and his coaching staff.

Christian Atsu - Another who ran his socks off out wide, with very little to show for it... 6

Mo Diame - As frustrating a player as Moussa Sissoko ever was, just without the drive or pace. Looked lost playing off the front... 4

Matt Ritchie - Was far from his best on the day. It wasn't for a lack of effort but his final ball, in key areas, was sadly lacking... 5

Dwight Gayle - Given little to no service. Hard to judge him on this one. One or two long balls to chase in opening 45 but that was about it... 5

Subs

Daryl Murphy (for Diame 61) - A cracking strike. Added a physical presence when he came on... 7

Jesus Gamez (for Clark 64) - Full of running. A decent impact on left... 6

Yoan Gouffran (for Gayle 74) N/A

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Grant Hanley, Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Yellow: Clark, Dummett, Atsu, Shelvey

Red: None

Goals: Murphy 76

Fulham XI: David Button 7, Scott Malone 7, Denis Odoi 7, Kevin McDonald 6, Neeskens Kebano 6, Tom Cairney 8, Tim Ream, 6, Stefan Johansen 6, Sone Aluko 7, Tomas Kalas 7, Ryan Sessegnon 8.

Subs not used:

Yellow:

Red: None

Goal:

Referee: James Linnington - To be fair he didn't really get all that much wrong. Penalty call was right in the closing stages. Was probably a bit lenient, especially with Shelvey... 7

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