Match ratings: How did Newcastle United's players rate in Crystal Palace victory?

DeAndre Yedlin and Matt Ritchie
DeAndre Yedlin and Matt Ritchie

They left it late, but Newcastle United continued their impressive start to the season with a home win over Crystal Palace, thanks to an 86th minute Mikel Merino strike.

But how did the players rate in victory? Liam Kennedy has his say...

Jamaal Lascelles confronts Yohan Cabaye after a late challenge on DeAndre Yedlin

Jamaal Lascelles confronts Yohan Cabaye after a late challenge on DeAndre Yedlin

Newcastle United XI (4-2-3-1)

Rob Elliot - Made one or two telling stops in the opening 45... 7

DeAndre Yedlin - Had a difficult opening half of football. Struggled with Townsend and Zaha. But much more involved in an attacking sense in second period... 6

Jamaal Lascelles - Skipper was honoured with a flag behind the Gallowgate and did it justice by putting in a solid show. Would have impressed the watching Gareth Southgate... 8

Florian Lejeune - Another who had a very slow start to proceedings, booked for getting dumbfounded by Townsend. But much more assured as the game wore on... 7

Javier Manquillo - The versatile operator looks night and day from the player at the Stadium of Light last season... 6

Isaac Hayden - Gave the midfield some bite, a few crunching tackles before being sacrificed as United chased victory... 7

Jonjo Shelvey - Influence grew after a very quiet opening hour. One perfect pass as Atsu almost opened the scoring... 6

Matt Ritchie - Workrate is second to none but was tied up somewhat by the compact, well organised Palace two banks of four... 6

Ayoze Perez - Not his day. Gave the ball away far too cheaply... 5

Christian Atsu - Probably United's stand out performer in attack. Was the only bright spark in an otherwise flat Magpies front four... 7

Joselu - Given absolutely nothing in terms of service or quality ball to feet. A tough day at the office. Never stopped grafting, though... 6


Mikel Merino (for Hayden, 55) - Brought a bit of life to the United midfield, rewarded with his first goal in black a white - a towering header from a Ritchie corner... 7

Mo Diame (for Perez, 65) - Added drive in the final third... 7

Aleksandar Mitrovic (for Joselu , 78) - Won one of two headers, and wasted vital seconds as the clock ticked away... 6

Subs not used: Karl Darlow, Ciaran Clark, Jacob Murphy, Jesus Gamez.

Yellow: Manquillo, Lejeune, Joselu

Red: None

Goal: Merino 86

Crystal Palace (4-4-2): Julian Speroni, Joel Ward, Patrick van Aanholt, Luka Milivojevic, Scott Dann, Yohan Cabaye, Andros Townsend, Wilfried Zaha (Ruben Loftus-Cheek 76), Mamadou Sakho, Jeffrey Schlupp, James McArthur (Bakary Sako 88).

Subs not used: James Tomkins, Wayne Hennessey, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Jason Puncheon, Jairo Riedewald.

Yellow: Cabaye, Van Aanholt

Red: None

Referee: Stuart Attwell - Seemed to get the big calls right... 6

Attendance: 52,251