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18th Apr, 2017 | 2:01pm

Three worst Newcastle players in Ipswich defeat

COMMENT By Matt Farr

Newcastle were made to wait to secure their return to the Premier League having suffered defeat at the hands of Ipswich in the Championship on Monday.

The Magpies were beaten 3-1 by Ipswich at Portman Road, leaving them seven points adrift of league leaders Brighton with three games remaining.

They are still on course to seal automatic promotion to the top flight, but their Championship title hopes are now a slim prospect following their second defeat in three league games.

Newcastle went behind just before half-time to Freddie Sears’ opener, before Daryl Murphy pulled one back with half an hour left to play. However, David McGoldrick and Emyr Huws ensured it was a day to forget for the visitors.

Here, Football Insider reveals the three worst Newcastle players from the defeat.

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Jonjo Shelvey

The midfielder has been the chief creative outlet for Newcastle this season, splitting defences open with his passing range and distribution. But his usual expert precision eluded him at Ipswich.

Newcastle looked lost without his pinpoint passing. They had set their game plan up to his Ipswich with long balls, but the majority were misdirected, and Murphy cut a lonely figure up front as a result.

Shelvey was one of the main culprits, repeatedly giving the ball away in uncharacteristic fashion.

With many of his team mates also misfiring, his own lack of influence on proceedings was made all the more emphatic.

Matt Ritchie

It was a very rare off-day for Newcastle’s star winger. The 27-year-old has slipped under the radar for his impressive displays for Newcastle this term, contributing 15 goals and 10 assists from 46 appearances.

However, he wasn’t at his best against Ipswich, and was involved in a number of key passes of play that cost Newcastle dearly.

The Scotland international first spurned a golden chance to put Newcastle ahead, directing his diving header the wrong side of the post, only for Ipswich to go down the other end and open the scoring themselves.

It was also Ritchie that was responsible for losing possession in the build up to the goal.

In the final third, meanwhile, Ritchie had considerably less luck than his attacking partner, Christian Atsu, who supplied the assist for Newcastle’s only goal.

DeAndre Yedlin

Again, another rare offender. Yedlin was reinstated to the starting line up by Rafa Benitez in place of Vurnon Anita at right-back, but had a torrid time.

He struggled to contain Ipswich winger Tom Lawrence, who dominated the USA international in the wider areas.

Yedlin was also sloppy in possession, gifting the ball away on numerous occasions, and made life difficult for Newcastle as they continued to be pushed back by the home side.

In other Newcastle news, Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale has made this claim about Newcastle’s promotion bid.

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