After Papiss Cisse grabbed a last-gasp winner for Newcastle as they beat Crystal Palace, here are the ratings we awarded the Magpies for Saturday’s efforts:


Tim Krul, 6 – Barely needed as Palace played for a point. Couple of routine saves in the second half.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, 5 – Got forward well enough but had a tough time against Yanick Bolasie. Winger got the better of him too much.

Mike Williamson, 6 – Solid again, struggled at times against Cameron Jerome but restricted him enough to stop any real chances.

Fabricio Coloccini, 6 – Similar to Williamson. Opposition are always going to struggle to create many chances through the middle with two in-form centre-backs in the way. Proved the case against Palace.

Paul Dummett, 7 – Encouraging again from the youngster. Set pieces are improving week by week and growing into games more. Santon may face a fight for his place when he is fit again.

Moussa Sissoko, 7 – Pace, power and threat down the right, always caused problems.

Cheick Tiote, 8 – Faultless from the Newcastle vice-captain, desperately unlucky not to score when he smashed the bar in injury time.

Vurnon Anita, 7 – We never say anything else about him: Neat and tidy as usual.

Yoan Gouffran, 6 – Struggling to recapture his pre-Christmas form. Sometimes goes unnoticed on the wing but still runs all day.

Luuk de Jong, 5 – Not the best day for the big striker, wasted a few passes and made a mess of a follow-up in the first half.

Papiss Cisse, 8 – He’s finally scored! In fairness, he had played well all day and didn’t do too much wrong with his shooting (aside from the tap-in when he got tackled) and took his goal brilliantly. Hopefully the start of some good form.


SUBS: Hatem Ben Arfa, 8 – Was always going to be the key that unlocked Palace today. Fantastic awareness to cross for Cisse instead of shooting in the last seconds.

Shola Ameobi, N/A – Not enough time to make any significant impact

Sylvain Marveaux, N/A – Not enough time to make any significant impact.


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