Newcastle United 0 Everton 1: Miles Starforth’s player ratings

Aleksandar Mitrovic is challenged against Everton
Aleksandar Mitrovic is challenged against Everton

Newcastle United suffered a cruel last-gasp defeat against Everton to harm their hopes of staying in the Premier League.

It was a tough game for the Magpies in soaking conditions, and only a handful of home players stood out.

Miles Starforth gives his verdict on which players impressed at St James’s Park.

Rob Elliot: Kept United in the game again, and not at fault for Everton’s goal....... 8

Daryl Janmaat: Lucky to still be on the pitch at the break after a foul on Barkley while on a yellow card................. 5

Chancel Mbemba: Stood tall against Lukaku and made what looked to be a match-saving block before Cleverley’s winner 8

Fabricio Coloccini: Up against it against an inventive and industrious Everton attack............. 6

Paul Dummett: Had a difficult afternoon, but didn’t let his head drop.......... 5

Moussa Sissoko: He’ll need to play better if United are to climb out of trouble.............. 5

Jack Colback: Wasn’t able to get on the ball................ 5

Vurnon Anita: Had a trying afternoon trying to stop the midfield getting overrun................. 5

Georginio Wijnaldum: United couldn’t get him on the ball in the final third of the pitch.............. 5

Ayoze Perez: Found himself tightly, and sometimes crudely, marked by Everton........... 6

Aleksandar Mitrovic: Failed to seize his chance with both hands on his return to starting XI............... 4

SUBSTITUTES

Florian Thauvin (for Perez, 87): Came on late in the game after 15-minute a long wait to replace Perez.........6/10

Subs not used: Karl Darlow, Kevin Mbabu, Cheick Tiote, Yoan Gouffran, Siem de Jong, Ivan Toney.

EVERTON: Tim Howard 6, Leighton Baines 7, Ramiro Funes Mori 6, John Stones 6, Seamus Coleman 7, Gareth Barry 7, Tom Cleverley 8, Kevin Mirallas 7, Ross Barkley 7, Aaron Lennon 6, Romelu Lukaku 7.

Subs: Gerard Deulofeu (for Barkley, 69, 6), Muhamed Besic (for Lennon, 69, 6), Leon Osman (for Mirallas, 85, 6).

Subs not used: Joel Robles, Darron Gibson, Arouna Kone, Leon Osman, Brendan Galloway.