Newcastle United player ratings vs Luton Town: 3/10 'nightmare' & 'outrageous' 7/10 in 4-4 draw

Newcastle United player ratings as Magpies draw 4-4 against Luton Town at St James' Park.

Newcastle United were held to a 4-4 draw by Luton Town as their run without a win at St James' Park stretched to three games.

Eddie Howe's side led twice in the first-half through Sean Longstaff but were pegged back both times. The visitors then took a 4-2 lead but goals from Kieran Trippier and substitute Harvey Barnes rescued a point.

Newcastle were without Alexander Isak because of a groin complaint. In the Swede's place, Miguel Almiron was recalled to the starting XI and Anthony Gordon moved into the central striker position.

Harvey Barnes returned to the matchday squad for the first time since September after recovering from a toe injury, and as did Callum Wilson for the first time in 2024.

The Magpies went into the game looking to claim back-to-back league wins since December and made the perfect start when Sean Longstaff directed Kieran Trippier's low cross home six minutes in.

Luton equalised 15 minutes later through Gabriel Osho but Newcastle went straight up the other end and scored. It was Longstaff with his second after he followed up Gordon's shot that was saved by goalkeeper Thomas Kaminiski

But the visitors levelled again to sum up the open nature of the first-half as Ross Barkley tapped home from close range.

After the break, Luton raced into a 4-2 lead when Carlton Morris scored from the penalty after Dan Burn brought Chiedozie Ogbene in the area. A breakaway then saw Barkley set up Elijah Adebayo.

Howe introduced Tino Livramento and Barnes from the bench and that helped saw United into life. And with that, it became 4-4 when Kieran Trippier volleyed home Bruno Guimaraes' clever cross before Barnes scored with a long distance shot.

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