Newcastle 1-0 Athletic Bilbao half-time ratings as Callum Wilson impresses amid Matt Ritchie reminder

Newcastle United lead Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in their final pre-season friendly of the summer.

Callum Wilson latched on to Matt Ritchie’s ball to fire the Magpies into a half time lead over the La Liga side as they look to make it two successive wins this weekend after Friday’s win over Serie A outfit Atalanta.

Here’s how Lee Ryder rated the players in the first half.

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Martin Dubravka 8

Solid and assured after being roared on to the field by Gallowgate End

Emil Krafth 7

A positive presence at both ends as he justifies contract extension

Jamaal Lascelles 7

Battled hard and knows the fight is on to keep his place

Sven Botman 8

Unflappable home debut. Looks like he’s been playing here for years.

Paul Dummett 7

Steady enough.

Joe Willock 6

Not much impact and picked up a yellow card.

Joelinton 7

Restored to the midfield and looked alert.

Bruno Guimaraes 8

Sprayed the ball around and put in some strong tackles. Tested the keeper with a powerful low early shot.

Allan Saint-Maximin 7

Looks unhappy with service although Bruno did pick him out with a couple of early balls.

Matt Ritchie 8

A bright display which includes assist for Wilson strike.

Callum Wilson 8

Looks in good shape and took his goal well.


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