Newcastle United player ratings: 8/10 'livewire' & how Garang Kuol fared in Tottenham Hotspur draw

Newcastle United players celebrate after Alexander Isak's goals against Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by MARTIN KEEP/AFP via Getty Images)Newcastle United players celebrate after Alexander Isak's goals against Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by MARTIN KEEP/AFP via Getty Images)
Newcastle United players celebrate after Alexander Isak's goals against Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by MARTIN KEEP/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images
Newcastle United player ratings as Magpies beat Tottenham Hotspur 5-4 on penalties in Australia.

Newcastle United recorded a penalty shootout victory over Tottenham Hotspur after the two clubs played out a 1-1 draw in normal time in front of 78,419 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

James Maddison opened the scoring for Spurs just after the half-hour mark when Nick Pope’s attempted clearance fell into his path. Alexander Isak then equalised on the brink of half-time when he turned home Jacob Murphy’s low cross.

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The Magpies jetted off Down Under just hours after beating Brentford on the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday, and Howe opted to make just three changes to his starting with Kieran Trippier, Elliot Anderson and Miguel Almiron coming in for Fabian Schar and Sean Longstaff - both injured - and Jacob Murphy.

Eddie Howe and Ange Postecoglou made wholesale substitutions in the second-half before the exhibition match was decided by a penalty shootout. United won 5-4 with Mark Gillespie denying Bryan Gill, while Joe White, Ben Parkinson, Amadou Diallo, Garang Kuol and Harrison Ashby scored their spot-kicks.

Here’s our Newcastle United player ratings:

Nick Pope - 5

A big error after his clearance fell straight to Maddison for Spurs' opener. Tried to make amends after denying Brennan Johnson from point-blank range. Didn't look comfortable with the ball at his feet.

Kieran Trippier - 5.5

Slotted Miguel Almiron in for an early chance but was asked questions defensively by Son Heung-Min. Withdrawn after 37 minutes.

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Emil Krafth - 6

Conceded an early chance to Son Heung-Min before Spurs appealed for a penalty after the ball hit the Swede's arm. Recovered from a shaky start to make some important bocks.

Dan Burn - 7

A rock solid display from the Blyth-born defender. Showed good strength throughout and cleared numerous crosses into his box.

Lewis Hall - 7.5

Continued a run of impressive performances at left-back. Provided energy and attacking threat. Will not want the season to end.

Bruno Guimaraes - 7

Played the game at a reduced pace but his quality shone through after played a key role in Alexander Isak's equaliser. Saw a shot saved in the second-half.

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Joelinton - 6

Looked good physically in the opening stages before taking a knock to his thigh. Withdrawn at half-time.

Elliot Anderson - 6

A post-season game but Anderson still did everything to impress. Had some promising moments on the ball.

Miguel Almiron - 5

One of the few players who broke into a full sprint! Lots of hard work but lacked an end product.

Harvey Barnes - 5

Had one shot at goal in the second-half on what was a quiet evening for the winger.

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Alexander Isak - 7

Showed some neat touches and was in the right-back at the right time to equalise from close range.


Jacob Murphy (on for Trippier, 37) - 8

Newcastle's livewire. Set up Alexander Isak's equaliser and made countless other bursts into the box. Also slipped Amadou Diallo in for a late chance.

Joe White (on for Joelinton, 45) - 7

Kept things tidy in midfield. Showed a good engine in midfield. Cooly slotted home his penalty in the shootout.

Callum Wilson (on for Isak, 45) - 5

Given a 25 minute runout. Little impact.

Alex Murphy (on for Burn, 63) - 7

Made an important challenges. Once again looked at home in Newcastle’s backline.

Harrison Ashby (on for Barnes, 63) - 6

A decent runout at right-back. Scored the winning penalty.

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Amadou Diallo (on for Almiron, 63) - 5

Had a late penalty appeal turned down after being slipped in Jacob Murphy. Brilliantly converted his penalty in the shootout.

Garang Kuol (on for Wilson, 71) - 5

Got one of the biggest cheers of the night when introduced. Misplaced a pass in a quiet showing from open play. Scored his penalty.

Lucas De Bolle (on for Guimaes, 71) - 5

Slotted into the midfielder with minimal fuss.

Dylan Charlton (on for Hall, 78) - N/A

Travis Hernes (on for Anderson, 78) - N/A

Ciaran Thompson (on for, Krafth, 78) - N/A

Mark Gillespie (on for Pope, 87) - N/A

The penalty hero... saved Bryan Gill’s penalty as Newcastle won 5-4 in the shootout.

Ben Parkinson (on for Murphy, 87) - N/A

A late introduction. Scored his penalty..

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