NEWCASTLE United made it four wins on the spin yesterday by beating Liverpool 1-0 at St James’s Park.
Ayoze Perez scored the winner for the second week running as the Magpies saw off last year’s Premier League runners-up to continue their remarkable revival.
Here, Gazette reporter DANIEL PRINCE gives his verdict on how Newcastle’s players got on:
Tim Krul 7/10:
Liverpool failed to threaten Newcastle’s goal, but Krul was commanding with crosses and did not put a foot wrong when he was called upon.
Daryl Janmaat 7/10:
Always a threat going forward, and was rarely troubled defensively.
Fabricio Coloccini 7/10:
A calm and assured display from the captain, who appears to be returning to his best form.
Steven Taylor 7/10:
Newcastle have looked a lot more solid defensively since Taylor came back into the team, and this was another fine performance from him as he helped keep the likes of Mario Balotelli out of the game.
Paul Dummett 8/10:
Dummett appears to be improving week on week, whichever position he plays, and he was one of the standout performers as he kept Raheem Sterling quiet.
Mehdi Abeid 8/10:
Looked assured on his first Premier League appearance, apart from a short period at the start of the second half. Was positive in possession, got stuck in when he needed to and was worthy of his starting place.
Jack Colback 7/10:
Did little wrong in the middle of park in another steady display.
Moussa Sissoko 8/10:
Sissoko has been an up and down player for Newcastle, but has been increasingly influential in the club’s return to form. He seems to be revelling in a more central role and is grasping the opportunity to run at opposition defences.
Gabriel Obertan 6/10:
Was forced off 27 minutes in, but did look bright in the opening exchanges.
Sammy Ameobi 6/10:
Started off steadily enough, but became wasteful in possession and was withdrawn 21 minutes into the second half.
Papiss Demba Cisse 6/10:
Came off at half-time and did not look to be fully fit.
Rolando Aarons 6/10:
Looks to be a real talent, and was not over-awed by the challenge.
Ayoze Perez 7/10:
Again grabbed the winner for Newcastle and was a constant threat up-front. Offers Newcastle a potent and exciting attacking option, and looks to have a big future.
Remy Cabella 6/10:
Had a glorious chance to make it 2-0, but was denied by Simon Mignolet. Still has work to do, but looks to be slowly getting there.