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2nd Dec, 2016 | 9:54pm

Newcastle player ratings v Nottingham Forest: 26-year-old is sensational

By Matt Farr

Football Insider rates the Newcastle players in their 2-1 Championship defeat to Nottingham Forest on Friday night.

Karl Darlow 9 – Had a few shaky moments, particularly with crosses, but had a sensational return to his ex club. Rescued his side on two occasions, saving penalties from both Nicklas Bendtner and Henri Lansbury, to keep his side in with a chance. The 26-year-old was eventually beaten by Bendtner, and then his own man, but could do very little to keep them.

DeAndre Yedlin 6 – began the game very well, using his pace and power to bomb forward on the right-flank. However, Jonjo Shelvey’s dismissal left Newcastle in the lurch and he could rarely set aside his defensive duties for the remainder of the game.

Ciaran Clark 6 – Strong in the air, and made a number of important interceptions. He and his defensive partner quickly had their work cut out when they went down to nine-men. Struggled to regain control

Jamaal Lascelles 5 – Worked hard when Newcastle went down to nine-men, but at times they struggled to cope with Forest’s attacking numbers, and some sloppy defending allowed Bendtner to level the scoreline. Was helpless as the ball ricocheted off him into the back of the net.

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Paul Dummett 3 – Recalled to the side in place of Achraf Lazaar, Dummett had an evening to forget. Caught ball-watching on more than one occasion, and gave away one of Forest’s two penalties, earning a red card in the process. Could have given away a penalty even earlier, but the referee was interested in Forest’s claims.

Isaac Hayden 7 – Had a good game. Worked hard alongside Shelvey, dropping deeper to allow the full-backs to push forward. However, had to drop into more of a defender’s role when Newcastle went two-men down. But performed that role well despite the scoreline.

Jonjo Shelvey 5 – The best player on the pitch for 33 minutes. Then a moment of rash thinking, and he was off for an early bath.

Matt Ritchie 7 – Always a threat from range, Ritchie demonstrated his shooting ability by firing off a few long-rage efforts in the first-half. Scored an excellent opening goal for the visitors on the stroke of half-time, but receded in the second-half as Newcastle looked to consolidate.

Yoan Gouffran 5 – Didn’t have much of an influence on the game at all. Was substituted for Mo Diame in the 77th-minute.

Ayoze Perez 5 – Benitez received criticism or including Perez in the starting XI – but the Spanish forward had little opportunity to prove people wrong. Couldn’t get involved enough in the first-half. Dismissals for his two team-mates hardly helped his case, as he was withdrawn at half-time in favour of Vurnon Anita.

Dwight Gayle 5 – Had rare moments. Looked hungry in front of goal, but a lack of chances was the issue for Newcastle. Off for Mitrovic just before full-time.


Vurnon Anita (for Perez 45) – 6

Mo Diame (for Gouffran 77) – 6

Aleksandar Mitrovic (for Gayle 87) – 6

In other Newcastle news, Matt Ritchie has given his verdict on Newcastle’s current form.