'Best performance in pre-season' as Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson impress - Newcastle United player ratings
The visitors grew into proceedings but it was the Magpies who deservedly led at the break, a lead they would double soon after thanks to Saint-Maximin.
The winger was sent through one-on-one with Ander Iruarrizaga in the Bilbao goal and coolly slotted home an effort into the bottom conrer.
The visitors responded through a Raul Garcia header after the hour mark and pressed for an equaliser but just couldn’t beat Martin Dubravka as the Newcastle defence stood tall.
The result made it back-to-back wins at home for the Magpies ahead of their season opener with Nottingham Forest.
Here are our Newcastle United player ratings from the clash with Athletic Bilbao at St James’s Park: