The results of the Newcastle v Birmingham player ratings by fans.
A game that is difficult to judge in many ways, due to the number of changes by both teams.
However , what wasn’t in doubt was the quality of Jonjo Shelvey (9.1) on his return, clearly a class above as he ran the show and created all three goals.
As his back-up, senior players Matt Ritchie (8.0) and Yoan Gouffran (7.8) put in committed performances and scored the three goals between them.
The next best for the fans was Grant Hanley (7.2) as he did a steady job of marshalling the back four, though Birmingham only looked any kind of a threat when making substitutions in the second half.
At the other end of the scale, poor old Matz Sels (5.3) gets the rock bottom mark, couldn’t do anything with the Birmingham goal and not really having much else to do. He is maybe the one player who I think doesn’t start with a clean slate when supporters put in their ratings!
Cheick Tiote (5.6) looked sluggish and was handed the next lowest mark.
Full-backs Yedlin (6.8) and Lazaar (6.7) got forward quite a bit and did ok, though they were hardly tested at the back.
As for the three making their debuts, they all had their moments and put in energetic displays, leading to ok/average marks, with centre-back Findlay (6.8) the pick, midfielder Barlaser (6.5) next best and then Yasin Ben El-Mhanni (6.1) who showed loads of enthusiasm in taking his man on but often was crowded out.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 5pm on Friday:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Birmingham player ratings, go HERE and you can still input your own marks out of 10 for each player, then check back later to see whether the overall interactive ratings have changed for the team as more fans vote.