Newcastle manager Steve Bruce speaks to Joelinton of Newcastle during the pre-season friendly between Burton Albion and Newcastle United at the Pirelli Stadium on July 30, 2021 in Burton-upon-Trent, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Miles Starforth's Newcastle United player ratings: Substitutes shine as Magpies ease past Norwich City in final friendly

Newcastle United rounded off their pre-season campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Norwich City at St. James’s Park on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, 7th August 2021, 4:45 pm

After a goalless first half, Matt Ritchie opened the scoring in the 55th-minute with a close range effort.

A fine finish from substitute Dwight Gayle doubled the hosts’ advantage with just over quarter of an hour remaining. Gayle then added his second and Newcastle’s third late on as the match ended 3-0.

The match saw Callum Wilson return to the starting line-up after picking up a knock.

Allan Saint-Maximin also recovered from an illness to be named on the bench and came on for the second half. Freddie Woodman – who is on standby to make his Premier League debut next weekend – started the game between the sticks and made a number of smart saves.

Next up is the opener to the Premier League season at home to West Ham United next Sunday (2pm kick-off).

Scroll down and click through the pages to reveal Miles Starforth’s player ratings from the match...

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