Miles Starforth's Newcastle United player ratings: How Kenedy and Jonjo Shelvey rated on their returns at Brighton

Newcastle United earned a hard-fought point at Brighton & Hove Albion - but how did their players perform?

By Mark Donnelly
Saturday, 27 April, 2019, 19:52
How Newcastle United's players rated at Brighton & Hove Albion

A stunning first-half display - topped off by Ayoze Perez's fifth goal in three games - looked to have handed the Magpies a third successive win. But Newcastle were put under the cosh after the break and saw their hopes of three points dashed late on. But who performed well? Scroll down and click through the pages to see how our Newcastle United writer, Miles Starforth, rated the individual performances:

Had a relatively quiet afternoon until Gross was lost by the defence for Brighton's equaliser. 6
Put in another steady performance at right-back after being handed a third successive start. 6
Defended solidly and made a superb run into the Brighton box which was only stopped by Ryan. 7
Slotted well into the defence after Lascelles went down with a stomach bug. 6
Again the left-sided centre-half in Benitez's five-man defence, defended well up to Brighton's equaliser. 6
Was again tenacious in defence, also played his part going forward while United were on top. 7
Played on after suffering an injury and scored a superb goal before finally being forced off. 8

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Handed his first league start in more than five months, helped United dominate the first half. 6
Committed and combative, also got on the ball before the break. 6
Found pockets of space in the first half and worked tirelessly before his second-half withdrawal. 6
Led the line well and gave Duffy and Dunk an awkward evening, especially in the first half. 6
(for Perez, 32) Didn't make an impression on the game. 4
(for Shelvey, 72) Replaced a flagging Shelvey. 6
(for Atsu, 79) - N/A