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Player Ratings: Newcastle United 1-1 Stoke City

Sports Mole rates the best and worst players in the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park.

Stoke City came from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw against Newcastle United in their Premier League match this afternoon.

Jack Colback fired the Magpies ahead just moments after he had escaped a second booking.

Gabriel Obertan and Ayoze Perez then squandered further chances for the hosts, before Peter Crouch headed in a last minute equaliser to earn Stoke a point.

Here, Sports Mole has rated the performances of each of the players on show at St James' Park.


Newcastle United's English midfielder Jack Colback celebrates with Newcastle United's English striker Sammy Ameobi and Newcastle United's French defender Massadio Haidara after he scores the opening goal of the English Premier League football match betwee© Getty Images

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Goal

Tim Krul: Made a couple of fine saves to deny Diouf and Walters, but was left helpless in the final minute as Crouch's header looped over him and found the net. (6/10)

Defence

Daryl Janmaat: Good performance from the Dutchman who looked to help his side going forward and ensured that he was never caught out in behind. (7/10)

Fabricio Coloccini: Defended well and won his individual battle with Walters in what was a commanding performance. (7/10)

Mike Williamson: Was caught out on a couple of occasions, but generally defended well alongside his centre-back partner Coloccini. (6/10)

Massadio Haidara: Constantly got forward down the left and looked a real threat in the first half. He struggled to replicate that after the break, but stayed solid at the back. (6/10)

Midfield

Jack Colback: Enjoyed a good afternoon in the middle of the pitch and put in a robust display. However, he should have been sent off for a second bookable offence just minutes before he scored the opening goal. (7/10)

Vurnon Anita: Did not see too much of the ball with the Stoke midfield dominating, but helped to stem the flow of their attacks. (6/10)

Remy Cabella: One of the brightest sparks for Newcastle this afternoon. He looked good going forward and it was a surprise to see him taken off with over 20 minutes of the match left. (7/10)

Sammy Ameobi: Had a great first half and played a number of decent passes to set up his team's attacks. He faded after the break, though, and struggled to replicate that impact. (6/10)

Moussa Sissoko: Energetic display as ever from the Frenchman, but he did not see enough of the ball in dangerous areas to make a difference. (6/10)

Attack

Ayoze Perez: Looked lively throughout the match and came close with a decent effort that went just wide in the first half. His team were made to pay for a poor miss late on though, as he blazed high over the bar shortly before Crouch scored the equaliser. (6/10)

Substitutes

Papiss Cisse: Made a decent impact after coming off the bench and added a real threat for the Stoke defence. (7/10)

Gabriel Obertan: Played a big part in the goal with a good cross from the right, but a poor decision when through on goal ended up costing his team the three points. (6/10)

Mehdi Abeid: Barely had an impact after coming on for the last four minutes. (6/10)


 Peter Crouch of Stoke City celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on February 8, 2015© Getty Images

STOKE CITY

Goal

Asmir Begovic: Was not overly troubled and could hardly have done anything to stop Colback's cleanly hit strike into the corner. (6/10)

Defence

Phil Bardsley: The former Sunderland man had a decent game at full-back and put in some strong challenges. (6/10)

Marc Wilson: Played well in the first half and made some vital interceptions, but was forced off with an injury shortly after the break. (7/10)

Marc Muniesa: Very solid outing from the centre-back. Was rarely beaten in the air and put in a commanding display. (7/10)

Philipp Wollscheid: Another good defensive performance from a Stoke player. He slotted in effortlessly and was never caught out of position. (7/10)

Midfield

Glenn Whelan: Helped Stoke to win the battle in the heart of the midfield and never shied away from a tackle. (7/10)

Steven N'Zonzi: The Frenchman showed some neat touches throughout for the Potters and was involved in many of their best moves. (7/10)

Stephen Ireland: Struggled to get into the match and was replaced by Crouch late on. (6/10)

Mame Biram Diouf: Was mainly forced back in the first half, but defended well. He got forward more as the game went on and almost scored with a close-range header that was beaten away by Krul. (7/10)

Victor Moses: Failed to make a big impact and was wasteful when in possession. (6/10)

Attack

Jonathan Walters: Gave the two centre-backs a good battle this afternoon, without ever really coming out on top. He did look a threat, though, and forced Krul to tip a late strike behind the post. (6/10)

Substitutes

Peter Crouch: Came on for the final eight minutes and scored the vital goal with a fine header at the back post. (7/10)

Geoff Cameron: Replaced the injured Wilson and slotted in well at the back. He also supplied the cross that Crouch headed in at the death. (7/10)


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 Peter Crouch of Stoke City celebrates as he scores their first and equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St James' Park on February 8, 2015
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