Joe Hart – 6
Almost cost his side an early goal in the eighth minute after dallying on the ball in his area. Largely untroubled after that.
Pablo Zabaleta – 6
Given a hard time by Christian Atsu down the wing. However, the Argentine used his experience to nullify the Newcastle winger.
James Collins – 6
Solid and dependable as ever. Didn’t give Joselu any opportunities going forward until his goal.
Angelo Ogbonna – 6
Performed well alongside Collins at the heart of defence. Solid.
Aaron Creswell – 7
Strong start down the left flank and had some good link-up play down the wing with Fernandes. Went close with a fine drive that whistled past Elliot’s post.
Mark Noble – 6
Guided Rice along through the half in an otherwise quiet opening and almost teed up a chance for Ayew with a left-footed cross.
Declan Rice – 6
Handled himself well in midfield again with some vital interceptions and touches. Caught in possession in the build-up to Joselu’s opener.
Andre Ayew – 7
Didn’t have much impact going forward with Newcastle dominating play. However, he proved his worth defensively to stop Ayoze Perez getting his shot away.
Edimilson Fernandes – 5
Started brightly and teamed up well with Cresswell down the left. Had some nice touches but didn’t have the chance to go forward much.
Michail Antonio – 6
Aside from winning a couple of fouls for his team, Antonio was rather quiet down the right flank.
Javier Hernandez – 6
Willing as ever, although chances were limited for the Mexican striker.
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