By Will Butcher

Football Insider rates the Newcastle players after their woeful 1-0 loss to Blackburn at Ewood Park on Monday.

Karl Darlow 5 – Calm and assured in between the sticks in Lancashire for the Magpies, but was at fault for Blackburn’s goal as he failed to protect his side of the goal from Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick.

Vurnon Anita 6 – Steady at best at the back for the Toon, solid but provided little going forward in a team that dominated proceedings.

Jamaal Lascelles 7 – Continues his reputation as one of England’s best young centre-backs, as the toon remained dominant. Unlucky to be on the losing side.

Ciaran Clark 7 – Steady at the back, strong in possession but was largely untroubled. Comfortable with everything thrown at him.

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Paul Dummett 5 – Decision making was in question, as he lost possession on numerous occasions when on the ball.

Isaac Hayden 7 – Combative performance in the middle of the park, as he played ahead of Colback and looked to support the attack. Picked up a knock in the first half that must be dealt with carefully.

Jack Colback 4 – Struggled to dictate the game as much as Jonjo Shelvey would at the base of midfield, as the 27-year-old failed to provide the creativity that the England international would normally do. Conceded free-kick which saw Blackburn score.

Matt Ritchie 7 – Arguably the Toon’s must creative player on the flank for Newcastle, but was without his shooting boots.

Mohamed Diame 7 – Newcastle’s best player on the day, and was unlucky not to break the deadlock in the first half with a stunning 30-yard strike that cannoned off the crossbar.

Yoann Gouffran 5 – Despite getting in the right places at the right time, the Frenchman was unable to convert a number of chances on the left flank.

Dwight Gayle 6 – Largely quiet as Owen Coyle’s side frustrated the relegated Premier League side. Given little service despite the Toon’s domination and had goal rightly disallowed.


Ayoze Perez (On for Colback, 77 mins) 6

Daryl Murphy (On for Murphy, 87 mins) 6

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