Match ratings: How did Newcastle's players rate in Preston win?

Newcastle United players celebrate scoring the opener at SJP
Newcastle United players celebrate scoring the opener at SJP

Newcastle United secured the three points that sealed their place in the Premier League for next season.

But how did they rate in the Preston win? Here's our take...

Newcastle United XI

Rob Elliot - Barely a thing to do on his first start for more than a year... 6

Vurnon Anita - One of his worst days in black and white for a long, long time. Caught out with balls over the top time and time again... 5

Ciaran Clark - A really shaky start, got better as game went on. Quality on the ball shone through... 6

Jamaal Lascelles - Much more solid performance. Has been poor of late but much improved... 6

Paul Dummett - An ever willing runner in an attacking sense and never shown up at the other end... 6

Isaac Hayden - United miss him when he is not there. Plain and simple. Class break for the second goal... 8

Jonjo Shelvey - Becoming less and less influential as the season goes on... 5

Matt Ritchie - Delivery was slightly off on the night. But can never fault his constant chasing, probing and exemplary attitude. A leader even when not at his best... 7

Ayoze Perez - Linked the midfield with attack well. Took his goals well... 8

Christian Atsu - A goal but a less than fluent performance. Be difficult to see him having a future beyond the next two games... 6

Aleksandar Mitrovic - Given little to nothing to feed off, although did little of note to deserve any service either.... 6


Yoan Gouffran (for Atsu 68) - Freshened things up on the left with the game all but won...6

Jack Colback (for Shelvey 77) - Helped United see the game out...5

Daryl Murphy (for Perez 83) ...N/A

Subs not used: Karl Darlow, DeAndre Yedlin, Chancel Mbemba, Mo Diame.

Yellow: Shelvey 55, Ritchie 82

Red: None

Goal(s): Perez 7 & 67, Atsu 45, Ritchie (PEN) 65

Preston North End XI: Chris Maxwell 6, Tyias Browning 5, Alan Browne 6, Daniel Johnson 6, Paul Gallagher 5, Aiden McGeady (Daryl Horgan 71, 6) 6, Tommy Spurr 5, Paul Huntington 6, Andy Boyle 6, Jordan Hugill 7, Tom Barkhuizen 6.

Subs not used: Anders Lindegaard, Marnick Vermijl, Jermaine Beckford, Ben Pringle, Stevie May, Callum Robinson.

Yellow: None

Red: Gallagher 64

Goal(s): Hugill 14

Referee: Andrew Madley - No question marks about his display despite Huddersfield links... 7

Attendance: 50,212