Newcastle 4-1 Preston Player Ratings: Hayden Impresses

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Newcastle secured promotion to the Premier League with a 4-1 win over Preston North End. Despite a tight first half in which Jordan Hugill cancelled out Ayoze Perez’s opener, Christian Atsu put the hosts back in front and they took control, helped by Paul Gallagher’s red card. But how did players on both teams rate?

Newcastle United

Rob Elliott – Would be unfair to blame him for Hugill’s goal and he denied Johnson one-on-one moments before. 7

Vurnon Anita – Left too much space in behind him for Barkhuizen to exploit, a touch fortunate Preston didn’t target his flank more often. Overlapped well second half. 4
Jamaal Lascelles – his indecisive positioning contributed to Johnson’s chance and shortly after, Preston’s equalizer. Brought the ball out of defence a lot. 6
Ciaran Clark – cut things out and did the simple things well. 8
Paul Dummett – showed shrewdness out of possession, but not the type to offer his side width or an outlet with the ball. 6

Isaac Hayden – a dynamic performance of clever movement. Won a tackle before playing a through ball for the second goal and a shot that won the penalty for the third. 8
Jonjo Shelvey – grew into the game after a slow start. The only player willing to switch play over more than 10 yards. 7

Matt Ritchie – Newcastle’s most inventive player in the final third. Took his penalty well and deserved the goal. 9
Ayoze Perez – showed good reactions for two simple finishes, but was not at his best before the red card. 6
Christian Atsu – an underwhelming first half performance, but he took confidence from his goal. 6

Aleksandar Mitrovic – pressed well, got the assist for Atsu’s opener and was a tad unlucky not to grab a goal. Should not be criticized for his performance. 7

Yoann Gouffran (on 68)
Jack Colback (on 76)
Daryl Murphy (on 83)

Preston North End

Chris Maxwell – suffered from a shaky start and could have commanded his area better. Nerves got to him. 2

Tyias Browning – A centre-back by playing at right-back and it showed. 3
Andy Boyle – decent first 45 minutes, but his performance level dipped after Atsu’s goal. 4
Paul Huntington – forced a save from Elliott from McGeady’s delivery, but didn’t exactly prove a point at his old stomping ground. 3
Tommy Spurr – slipped over when taken on by Ritchie on one or two occasions. Greg Cunningham might have done a better job. 2

Alan Browne – worked hard in the first half but lacked the aggression that Ben Pearson might have offered. 4
Paul Gallagher – was in the defensive third a lot of the time but when he did get the chance to deliver set pieces, he could not produce the quality we have seen from him in seasons gone by. 3
Daniel Johnson – could have done better one-on-one. Worked hard in the first half but tired thereafter. 3

Aidan McGeady – backed off Dummett to reduce the space for Atsu, when he was needed further up the pitch to support Hugill. Decent delivery for Huntington’s header. 4
Jordan Hugill – came alive in the box for his equalizer. Won initial high balls but suffered from a lack of support. 6
Tom Barkhuizen – his speedy play for the equalizer was so impressive, some fans might have wanted him in an attacking position more often. 6

Daryl Horgan (on 72)