Miles Starforth's player ratings: Florian Lejeune shines on his Newcastle return despite disappointing Blackburn draw

Florian Lejeune made his long-awaited return from injury in Newcastle's FA Cup draw with Blackburn - but how did he and the rest of the side perform?

By The Newsroom
Saturday, 05 January, 2019, 19:23
Florian Lejeune made his Newcastle return against Blackburn

Matt Ritchie's late penalty salvaged a replay for the Magpies on a disappointing evening at St James's Park, but how did Rafa Benitez's players perform? Our Newcastle United writer, Miles Starforth, has dished out his player ratings from the Third Round tie and praised Lejeune and goalscorer Ritchie. Scroll down and click through the pages to see who shone - and struggled - for Newcastle against Blackburn Rovers:

Not at fault for the goal, put in a composed and confidence performance. 6
Looked short of confidence and gave the ball away far too often. 5
Handed his first appearance since August and lined up against his former team-mate Armstrong. 6
Strolled through his comeback from long-term injury. 6
Comfortable for most of the game alongside Lejeune. 6
Put his best chance high and wide, another player who looks to be short of confidence. 5
Didn't see nearly enough of the ball, used it well when he did get possession. 6

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Struggled to get to grips with Blackburn's midfield before his withdrawal. 5
Gave United a spark going forward in the first half, but soon faded. 5
Created United's best chance with a low shot on goal, and also converted the penalty. 7
Had first-half chance deflected wide, but otherwise had a very quiet game and didn't impress. 4
(for Hayden, 57) Not a big influence on the game. 5
(for Murphy, 74) Helped liven United up for the last 15 minutes. 6
(for Longstaff, 80) - N/A