Miles Starforth's player ratings: 'Superb' Ayoze Perez and Sean Longstaff help Newcastle to FA Cup victory

Newcastle United secured progression to the fourth round of the FA Cup after victory over Blackburn Rovers - but who stood out during the triumph?

Sean Longstaff stood out for Rafa Benitez's side - but who else did?
Sean Longstaff stood out for Rafa Benitez's side - but who else did?

The Magpies were forced to do it the hard way against Championship opposition, with strikes in extra time from Ayoze Perez and Joselu needed to wrap-up a 4-2 victory at Ewood Park. Youngster Cal Roberts and Sean Longstaff had previously found the net on an evening which brought plenty of positives, but which individuals stood out for Rafa Benitez's side? Our Newcastle United writer, Miles Starforth, has dished out his player ratings - scroll down and click through the pages to see how he assessed things:

Beaten by former club-mate and close friend Armstrong. 6
Will have been disappointed with Blackburn's first goal. 6
Recalled to the starting XI after sitting out the Chelsea game, defended robustly. 6
Taken off injured at the break and replaced by Lascelles. 6
Put in a steady performance at left-back. 6
Impressed in a less unfamiliar midfield role, beaten by Lenihan for Blackburn's equaliser late in the first half. 7
Looked brighter in the first half, set up Roberts' goal. 5


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Stunned Rovers with a deflected goal after after just 56 seconds, also defended well. 7
Beat Raya with a clinical side-footed finish to open his first-team account. 6
Covered a lot of ground and defended well, but couldn't quite deliver a telling cross or pass. 6
Struggled to make an impact until the extra-time goal that put United ahead. 6


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(for Clark, 46) Clutched his hamstring soon after coming on and lasted just 10 minutes. 5
(for Lascelles, 56) Competed well in midfield. 6
(for Roberts, 94) Scored a superb fourth goal for United. 7
(for Ritchie, 109) - N/A