The results of the Newcastle v Wigan player ratings.
It was a bit of a team of two halves for Rafa Benitez, as fans rated five (plus one sub) of his starting eleven as above average on Wednesday night at Wigan.
Following up a even better performance against Birmingham, it was Mohamed Diame (7.9) who was rated star man. An excellent run breaking open a dour but disciplined Wigan side, then a cool finish into the bottom corner.
Next best for Newcastle supporters were midfield duo Isaac Hayden (7.5) and Jonjo Shelvey (7.3), the pair putting in a lot of work to give United a platform for their eventual 2-0 victory.
The other two to get 7.0 or better were the ever excellent Ciaran Clark (7.1), yet again United’s top defender. Whilst Karl Darlow (7.2) didn’t have loads to do but dealt with everything put into the box and made one crucial save at 1-0.
In the disappointing side of things, Matt Ritchie (5.6) was give the very lowest mars. Back to somewhere near his best form against Birmingham, the Scottish international had zero impact at Wigan.
It was a similar story for Dwight Gayle (6.1), though at least he had the mitigating factor of atrocious service, having little help up front and a lone battle most of the time.
Full-backs Anita (6.3) and Dummett (6.4) both struggled at times, the Dutchman in particular had opponents easily running past him several times in the second period.
Jamaal Lascelles (6.9) was maybe a little unlucky to duck under that 7.0 mark, whilst Yoan Gouffran did ok tracking back but offered little going forward, apart from when Dummett’s header set him free down the left and his cutback was met by Atsu for the second goal.
Fans rated Christian Atsu at 7.2 for another lively 20 minutes off the bench, so interesting to see if he gets a start at Burton on Saturday.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 1.30pm on Thursday:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Wigan 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.