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Newcastle United player ratings: 'Rocky' 4/10 as 5/10 'lets himself down' in Crystal Palace loss

Newcastle United player ratings from the 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Newcastle United’s four-match Premier League unbeaten run came to end following a 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The Magpies registered just one shot on target, which didn’t arrive until the 87th minute, and shipped two goals at the other end as Jean Philippe Mateta struck twice in the second-half.

The result saw Eddie Howe’s side drop from sixth to seventh in the table following Manchester United’s 4-2 win over relegation threatened Sheffield United, the side United host at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Howe named an unchanged starting XI from the 4-0 win over Champions League-chasing Tottenham Hotspur, while Callum Wilson returned to the bench following two months out with a pectoral muscle injury.

Similar to the 1-0 win at Fulham earlier this month, the Magpies were perhaps fortunate to head into half-time level as they struggled to get out their own half. Palace registered nine shots at goal compared to United’s one.

The Eagles made their possession count in the 55th minute when a quick one-two between Jordan Ayew and Mateta saw the latter slot the ball past Martin Dubravka. Mateta then added his second in the closing stages.

Here’s our Newcastle United player ratings from Selhurst Park:

The result saw Eddie Howe’s side drop from sixth to seventh in the table following Manchester United’s 4-2 win over relegation threatened Sheffield United, the side United host at St James’ Park on Saturday.

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