Newcastle United U23s player ratings: How Elias Sorensen fared and which kids stood out in Macclesfield win

Newcastle United U23s maintained their Checkatrade Trophy march to Wembley with a penalty shootout win over Sol Campbell's Macclesfield - but which players stood out?

Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 10:59 am
Updated Wednesday, 5th December 2018, 11:05 am
Newcastle United U23s progressed to the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy following a 5-3 penalty shootout win over Macclesfield

Elias Sorensen scored his 18th goal of the season but a late Scott Wilson's strike sent the game to penalties. Nathan Harker emerged as the hero to save Ben Stephenson's penalty before Mo Sangare dispatched the winner. Who caught the eye during the youngsters' cup progression? Kieran Carr has dished out his player ratings - so click through the pages below to see how he rated the Magpies:

Comfortable whenever called into action and good with the ball at his feet. Shootout hero with a great save with the score at 1-1 - 9
Looked solid playing on his weaker side and got forward well. Willing to get stuck in - 7

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Caught on a couple of occasions trying to run forward, booked for kicking the ball away - 5
Coped well in physical battles, looked solid and is a vocal centre-half - 7
Looked comfortable, didn't have a great deal to do but looked good going forward. Dispatched his penalty in the shootout very well - 7
Very vocal captain who was happy to do the dirty work. Good eye for a pass and enjoyed physical side of the game - 8
Looked composed and confident on the ball, great vision for a pass and happy to run at defenders - 9
Very skilful and showed great technical ability. Created something out of nothing on a few occasions - 8
Looked eager to run at the defence and take a player on. Worked to track back as well, unlucky not to score - 8
Struggled to establish himself in the game and looked frustrated when subbed off - 6
Took his goal well, willing to fight for every ball. Struggled to force himself into the game - 7
Used his pace but struggled to produce an end product - 5
Couldn't force his way into the game - 5
Broke up play and looked powerful going forward with the ball at his feet. Dispatched the winning penalty in the shootout - 7