Miles Starforth's player ratings: Newcastle stars earn strong marks despite cruel Watford draw

Newcastle United were forced to settle for a point at Watford - but who stood out for the Magpies?

Saturday, 29th December 2018, 5:04 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th January 2019, 2:30 am
Several Newcastle players impressed at Watford

Salomon Rondon's first-half header was cancelled out late on by Abdoulaye Doucouré as Newcastle were cruelly denied three points. But who were the standout performers for Rafa Benitez's side? Our Newcastle United reporter, Miles Starforth, has dished out his player ratings - with praise for several players. Scroll down and click through the pages to see who shone - and struggled - for the Magpies at Vicarage Road:

Denied Deulofeu with a superb first-half save and was lauded by United's away fans. 7
Got up and down the right flank all afternoon, never stopped running. 7

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Kept his place after his Anfield mistake and almost led the club to victory. 6
Put in a solid performance before being forced off with a knock at the break. 6
Made some important tackles and blocks, looked comfortable in the five-man defence. 7
Delivered a superb left-wing cross for Rondon's goal and created several other chances. 7
Looked more up to speed after his start at Anfield three days earlier. 6
Much better on the ball, made some powerful runs forward. 6
Promising first-half performance, put on the back foot after the break. 6
Unusually fielded on the right side of midfield, combined well with Yedlin. 6
Powerfully headed a Ritchie cross home and led the line well all afternoon. 8
(for Fernandez, 46) Put in a combative performance. 6
(for Hayden, 78) - N/A