Rarely called into action throughout though looked rusty when he was, twice misjudging rushes off the goal-line that almost led to his side conceding.
Was made to look lumbering by Cisse, particularly when the striker burned him for pace in the build-up to Reid’s goal-line clearance. Was otherwise dominant in the air.
Foolish early booking meant he spent the rest of the game on tenterhooks though Newcastle never really exploited this.
Decent performance that quickly saw him get to grips with any attacking threat Newcastle had.
Tremendous goal-line clearance from Cisse’s effort made sure his team went in level at the break. Defended consistently and authoritatively throughout.
Squandered his side’s best opportunity when a dodgy touch let him down when in the opposition penalty area. half but improved in the second half, providing several telling balls into the area
His athleticism and drive in the middle was one of his side’s better features though would have been good to see him endeavour to burst beyond Carroll more often.
Slowly worked his way into the game, in tandem with Carroll becoming a growing influence. Unlucky to see an effort come back off the post and was a menace after the interval
Screened his back four well, particularly given Cabaye and Ben Arfa’s threats of inventive interplay.
Looked incredibly isolated early on and was forced to do a lot of donkey work before becoming a lot more effective in the second half.Was unable to convert a couple decent chances.
Ricardo Vaz Té
Wore two different brightly-coloured boots yet turned in a very dull performance before being withdrawn early in the second half.
Barely touched the ball in the first half but was the difference between the two sides in the second, making a string of fine saves.
Stepped in to replace the suspended Debuchy with a pretty study performance.
Shunted along to left back and largely kept Vaz Te quiet without ever threatening to break forward himself.
Battle against Carroll was always going to be game’s decisive duel and he came up trumps after a few hairy moments
Arguably the last thing you would want after returning from a broken back is a gruelling battle against Andy Carroll, but he kept the striker most of the game. Composure on the ball played a large part in Newcastle’s relative comfort in possession.
Struggled to impact the game, aside from becoming a pantomime villain after a bit of theatrical nonsense at the end of the first half.
H. Ben Arfa
Recalled to the starting lineup and was clearly the catalyst for most of his side’s inventiveness going forward. Too often had to come deep to receive the ball, rendering him slightly ineffective.
Recalled and used down the left flank but only ever threatened sporadically. Hard to remember any occasions where he really provided any spark, before he missed a prime chance to steal a winner.
Did the dirty work in the middle of the park, building the foundation that allowed Cabaye and Ben Arfa to try initiate meaningful attacks. His own distribution of the ball was sometimes found wanting.
Creative use of the ball kept his side’s attack reasonably varied though he flitted in and out of the game too much to be a real difficulty for the opposition.
Had a decent effort well cleared off the line and proved difficult to subdue in the first half, before disappearing in the second.