After Newcastle picked up their first point of the season, here are our player ratings from the 0-0 draw at Villa Park:


Tim Krul, 6: Didn’t have a save to make all afternoon.

Daryl Janmaat, 8: The Dutchman was one of Newcastle’s best attackers. Fantastic effort just over the bar and went close with a header.

Mike Williamson, 6: Despite getting sent off he played OK. Won plenty of headers in the opposition area and couldn’t do anything about his second yellow.

Fabricio Coloccini, 6: Marshalled the lively Villa front three well but was never seriously tested.

Paul Dummett, 4: Struggled to deal with Charles N’Zogbia and was generally poor.

Vurnon Anita, 6: Showed good energy in midfield and had a couple of shots at goal but struggled to contain Fabian Delph.

Jack Colback, 7: Another excellent performance. Barely gave the ball away, was always willing to take it from the defence and won endless interceptions.

Moussa Sissoko, 6: Looked lethargic against Man City last week but looked fitter against Villa. Tried to supply the front men but came up just short.

Remy Cabella, 5: Was very lucky to stay on for the full 90 minutes after a frustrating game. Seemed to try too hard to create openings and went down too easily at times.

Yoan Gouffran, 6: Showed excellent work rate to help out in defence but missed a sitter when he fluffed a volley from a corner.

Emmanuel Riviere, 5: Was barely involved all afternoon as he looked isolated up front. A weak shot didn’t test Brad Guzan but Siem de Jong’s inclusion from the bench may give him some much needed support in future.



Siem de Jong, 6: Came close to winning it with a powerful shot but was denied by Guzan. Could be the missing link that leads to goals.

Ayoze Perez, 6: Linked well with de Jong for the Dutchman’s chance and had a half chance with a tough volley at the far post. Promising.

Steven Taylor, N/A: No time for any rating as he came on in injury time.