Newcastle player ratings v West Brom: Attacker will never play for Benitez again in 4/10 display
Newcastle United were left on the brink of securing their Premier League safety after suffering a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Brom at St James’ Park on Saturday.
The Magpies need just a single point from their final games to ensure that they will stay in the top flight next season and after losing to Everton on Monday, would have seen the visit of the Baggies as the ideal opportunity to get over the line.
The midlands club sit bottom of the table and knew they needed to avoid defeat to have any chance of pulling off a miracle and survive, while hoping other results elsewhere went their way.
While they have no control over how other sides perform, they took their chance at Newcastle, Matt Phillips netting the only goal of the game to secure the vital three points in what was a bitterly disappointing display from the Magpies, who have now lost twice in a row after four successive wins.
So who shone for the Magpies on Tyneside and did anyone let the Toon Army down?
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Here, Football Insider rates each of the Magpies’ stars out of 10, including one man who will likely never play for Benitez again after his 4/10 display.
Click below to reveal the first of our Newcastle United ratings…