Newcastle player ratings v Stoke: Forward fails to shine, midfielder is crucial in victory
Jonjo Shelvey – 6
Replaced fellow central midfielder Isaac Hayden with 20 minutes to play, in a bid to prove why he deserves to be reinstated to the starting XI. However he did not offer much to suggest that a change should be made by Benitez for their next match.
Dwight Gayle – 6
Gayle has struggled this season with both form and injuries, and game time will help. However, the few minutes he got were relatively quiet, as he failed to make any real mark on the game.
Mo Diame – 6
Brought on to see the game out, using his physicality to hustle and bustle the Stoke midfield into making mistakes during the final few minutes. Not much else to say.
In other Newcastle United news, this attacker has revealed why he snubbed the Magpies’ transfer pursuits over the summer.