By Russell Edge

16th Sep, 2017 | 5:32pm

Newcastle player ratings v Stoke: Forward fails to shine, midfielder is crucial in victory

Rob Elliot – 7

The Republic of Ireland international has firmly established himself as the first choice goalkeeper at St James’ Park, and with two clean sheets in a row he demonstrated why he deserves to start between the sticks.

His alertness and positioning prevented an ambitious first half Xherdan Shaqiri effort from curling into the side netting, while he denied Choupo-Moting with a smart stop at the beginning of the second half.

However he perhaps should have done better with Shaqiri’s equaliser, which curled just past his outstretched palm.

Click ‘3’ below to see how we rated Newcastle’s players against Stoke