Newcastle United player ratings: A difficult day for Rafa Benitez's side after FA Cup defeat to Watford

Newcastle United crashed out of the FA Cup following a fourth-round defeat to Watford - but did anyone standout for Rafa Benitez's side?

By Joe Nicholson
Saturday, 26 January, 2019, 16:07
Newcastle's Matt Ritchie challenges for the ball against Watford.

Goals from Andre Gray and Isaac Success condemned the Magpies to a 2-0 defeat at St James's Park on a difficult day for the hosts. Our reporter Joe Nicholson has dished out his player ratings following the game - scroll down and flick through our gallery to see how each player performed.

Made a decent save to deny Quina early on. Beaten low to his left by Grays shot in the second-half...5
Cut out a few crosses in the first half but made a costly error in the second, allowing Gray to run across him and score the opener...5
Committed some needless fouls but generally kept Watfords attackers at bay before coming off late on ...6
Made some important interceptions and coped well with the overlapping Daryl Janmaat in the first half.6
Made a couple of runs forward which came to nothing...5
Produced a few inviting crosses which his team-mates failed to capitalise on...6
Some neat passes at times but struggled to make an impact going forward. At least put himself about...6

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Not afraid to make a tackle. Sometimes a bit too reckless...5
Provided an injection of pace to Newcastles attacks but his runs often petered out...5
Didnt look at it from the off. Struggled to get involved or retain possession...4
Didnt really test the Watford centre-backs who enjoyed a comfortable afternoon...4
(For Murphy 72) - Added some impetus to Newcastles forward line but it was too little too late...5
(For Ritchie 73) - Added another body in the final third but Watford looked comfortable in the closing stages...5
(For Fernandez 81) - N/A