Rarely faced sustained threat from Newcastle though looked a bit shaky a couple times in possession and unsure positionally around his new-look back four.
Advanced well down the left when afforded the opportunity and was otherwise largely untroubled going the other way. Withdrawn just after the interval with a suspected hamstring injury.
Was the more assured of the centre-half pairing, though with Best and Ameobi content to work in front of him, life was relatively easy. The evening was a great opportunity to ease himself into his new surroundings.
Wright-Phillips’ enterprise afforded Young an easy evening. Robust in the challenge and bombed forward when required, pretty solid stuff.
Not so much the firework display as expected, but played with maturity in the middle of the park. Distribution wasn't exceptional but controlled the tempo of the game for spells.
Lit the place up and is sure to become a firm fans’ favourite. Created a multitude of chances in the first half and nearly scored with an outrageous lob before Steven Taylor cleared off the line.
Was neat and tidy throughout without ever really excelling. Unlocked the back four on a couple of occasions but most of the side's creative spark came from elsewhere.
Sat deep and allowed Faurlin and Barton to roam forward. A sturdy presence in the middle of the field.
Great skills, flicks, tricks and invention throughout and really seemed to thrive around the better caliber of player at the club. Pulled the strings all evening.
Acted well as a strapping focal point for his team but could and really should have scored a hat full. Timing in the box always seemed to be a fraction of.
Despite his team constantly being under the cosh, the Dutchman was rarely called into action. Dealt with almost every question asked of him though.
Made a crucial goal-line clearance in the first-half but was largely given the run –around all evening.
Sharp goal-line clearance got his team off the hook early on and though nothing too much came down his side, that was probably more down to Wright-Phillips exploits over the other side and Taarabt’s willingness to drift inside.
Was caused all sorts of difficulties by the physical presence of Bothroyd and the pace of Wright-Phillips but did well to prevent an absolute battering in fairness.
Found himself over-ran down the right by Wright-Phillips and struggled to handle the near-constant raids down his side. That said, was gifted little aid by Gutierrez..
Very quiet evening that saw him bypassed in the middle of the field. Offered a minimal amount going forward and marginally less defensively.
The usual lung-bursting stuff but seemed too willing to allow Taarabt to play, which got his team in a few spots of bother.
An ineffectual performance that saw him more concerned with quelling attacks down his flank rather than initiating them himself. Missed a golden opportunity to win the game for his team in the second half.
A couple sloppy moments on the ball gave possession away too regularly and thwart any chance to build momentum. Struggled to impose himself on a game that passed him by.
Other than a slick turn and angled drive early on, did little else of note. Not one for the scrapbook.
Real anonymity, made worse by the fact that he seemed either unwilling, or unsure of how, to influence proceedings.
- 26 B. Murphy
Came on for the majority of the second half and offered like-for-like with Traore. Drove forward and was committed defensively.
- 5 F. Hall
- 14 A. Buzsaky
Introduced in the dying minutes with the traffic going the other way and had little say in matters.
- 21 T. Smith
Didn't really have too much time to influence the game, especially as Newcastle seemed to sneak back into it late in the day.
- 35 R. Elliot
- 3 D. Santon
Brought on to relieve some pressure on the team - did that a not much else.
- 8 D. Guthrie
Was a last throw of the dice when they came was more or less grinding to a halt.
Arrived on the scene with a half hour or so left but did little to stand out.
- 11 P. Løvenkrands