This is the Newcastle United team that will face Athletic Bilbao. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

'Best performance in pre-season' as Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson impress - Newcastle United player ratings

After defeating Atalanta 1-0 on Friday night, Newcastle are set to welcome Athletic Bilbao to St James’s Park.

Newcastle took an early lead courtesy of Callum Wilson who tucked home an effort after great work from Allan Saint-Maximin and Matt Ritchie in the build-up.

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:

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.

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