ANOTHER Newcastle United capitulation & a night to forget – Miles Starforth's Newcastle United player ratings

Newcastle United suffered yet another late Premier League capitulation with Leeds United netting three goals in the final 12 minutes at Elland Road.

Wednesday, 16th December 2020, 8:15 pm
Newcastle players organize their defence during the English Premier League football match between Leeds United and Newcastle United at Elland Road in Leeds, northern England on December 16, 2020.

It was a night to forget for United – but how did the players rank? Miles Starforth dishes out his player ratings...

Denied Cooper and Raphinia with first-half saves, didn't do much wrong but picked the ball out of his net five times.
Fielded as a right-back in a back four, had a tough first half, was pushed into midfield, where he performed better, after Krafth's introduction.

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Recalled to starting XI after recovering from Covid-19, showed no ill-effects from his time out.
Found the net, but that will be little consolation after the team conceded five goals.
Tested defensively on an awkward night for Newcastle which saw Leeds repeatedly attack down the flanks.
Fielded on the right side of midfield, opened the scoring with a shot at the far-post, taken off after the break.
Switched back into midfield after his stint in defence, put in a typically-combative performance.
Caught in possession for Leeds' third goal, not at his best with the ball.
Handed his first start since late October after recovering from injury, had a hand in both Newcastle goals and a threat whenever he had the ball.
Put in a hard-working performance behind Wilson, let down by some of his distribution, but was a handful for Leeds when he did have the ball at his feet.
Flicked on the ball for Hendrick’s strike, didn't get a chance to add to his own goal tally.
(for Hendrick, 62) Brought on to shore the team up at right-back.
(for Joelinton, 74) Couldn't get a goal.
(for Fraser, 75).