Newcastle United player ratings: Magpies ‘man of the match’ as star man ‘not at his best’ vs Brighton
Newcastle United player ratings from the 0-0 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion.
It was a draw the Magpies will happily take back to Tyneside after hanging on towards the end of the second-half.
That said, there was a moment of slight controversy as referee Graham Scott disallowed a Callum Wilson opener for a high foot on 14 minutes.
But Brighton saw chance after chance go begging after the break, with Nick Pope, and some body-on-the-line defending by United keeping the Seagulls at bay.
Here, our writer Jordan Cronin dishes out his player ratings from the Amex Stadium:
Nick Pope - 9
A man of the match performance by Pope. Pulled off three outstanding saves to deny Leandro Trossard, Adam Lallana and Solly March. Also claimed numerous crosses.
Kieran Trippier - 7
Made a goal-saving clearance off the line to prevent March’s first-half effort from creeping in. Experienced defending throughout.
Fabian Schar - 8
Picked up where he left off against Forest - just without the goal, although his goal-line clearance inside the remaining 10 minutes was as good as one.
Sven Botman - 7
An exceptional first outing for Botman. His quality was summed up in one move when he won the ball high and pinged a ball forward into the feet of Wilson.
Dan Burn - 8
Was asked to do a job at left-back in Targett’s absence and performed superbly. Produced a quality block on Danny Welbeck, though maybe should have found the net with a free header.
Bruno Guimaraes - 6
Not up to his usual high standard by any stretch. Loss possession on two standout occasions. Thankfully, for Bruno, United were able to clear their lines.
Joelinton - 6
Showed real aggression but it was another off-day for another Brazilian.
Joe Willock - 6
Played in a more advanced role out of the midfield three but rarely impacted the game.
Miguel Almiron - 7
As ever, Almiron got into some promising positions attacking-wise but lacked the cutting edge. Tracked back brilliantly to help out Trippier.
Callum Wilson - 6
Another quiet outing for Wilson, who had an opening goal disallowed for a high foot.
Allan Saint-Maximin - 6
Looked dangerous in spells but conceded possession countless times. Having done so well to get in that position, very few of his cutbacks found a teammate.
Sean Longstaff (on for Willock, 74) - 6
Helped his side see out a draw.
Jacob Murphy (on for Saint-Maximin, 74) - 5
Had a few bursts forward but didn’t have much time to impact the game.