'His game is about so much more than goals' – Joe Willock & Martin Dubravka shine in Liam Kennedy's half-time Newcastle United player ratings
Newcastle United lead 2-0 at the break at the King Power Stadium – and here’s how our writer Liam Kennedy has rated the Magpies’ starting XI.
Martin Dubravka – 8
Some agile stops from the Slovak. One very smart stop from Kelechi Iheanacho and an unbelievable one from Jamie Vardy!
Jacob Murphy – 6
Solid enough from the winger turned wing-back. Defensively sound.
Emil Krafth – 7
Barely tested at all. Has answered all questions asked of him.
Federico Fernandez – 7
Much better when played in the centre of the three at the back.
Paul Dummett – 7
Scored his first goal in black and white since January 2016 with a towering header. Has been involved plenty with ball at feet in open play, too.
Matt Ritchie – 7
A typical all-action display down the left. And, for a change, doesn’t look open defensively.
Jonjo Shelvey – 6
Some poor distribution early on but has warmed into the game.
Joe Willock – 8
A threat every time he gets the ball. And what a run and finish for the goal. Five for the Magpies now, four in his last four. His game is about so much more than goals, too.
Miguel Almiron – 6
A bit backwards and sideways when he has received the ball. Ultimately he’s just playing too deep in this system.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 7
Some early bursts and spark but faded out of it a little as the half went on. Should be on the scoresheet.
Callum Wilson – 7
Looks bang up for it – you can tell he fancies another goal. This game has suited him too, with gaps down the sides of the central defenders.