Newcastle player ratings as Mark Gillespie gets highest score while others flop in All stars drubbing

Newcastle United took on the A-League All Stars in Melbourne on a mild autumn night Down Under but the occasion proved to be a steep learning curve.

The Magpies were 3-0 down at the break and Eddie Howe resisted any temptation to introduce senior stars from the bench. The goals flowed after the break and a late collapse saw United endure a bruising scoreline.

Nevertheless, Newcastle fans backed their team all the way and got behind the young side in their hour of need.

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Here's how the players rated:

Mark Gillespie 7

Kept the scoreline respectable before going off with some fine saves. But made way for youngster Aidan Harris after the hour at 4-0.

Harrison Ashby 5

Offered a big opportunity but suffered as the All Stars hurt Newcastle down his flank.

Ciaran Thompson 6

A poor clearance led to the third goal. Taken off at half-time.

Alex Murphy 6

Started the game quite well with some good pieces of defensive work. Suffered with the rest of the team.

Dylan Charlton 6

Unfortunate to see the ball loop up to allow the All Stars score a second.

Garang Kuol 6

Produced a couple of good attacking moments. But had no service. Maybe should have had a penalty too.

Travis Hernes 6

Didn't do too badly and is one to watch for the future.

Jay Turner-Cooke 5

Struggled in the second half.

Joe White 5

Will be frustrated after being handed a big chance. The exciting midfielder could not hit the high notes.

Amadou Diallo 5

A disappointing way to sign off ahead of free transfer.

Ben Parkinson 6

Got no service at all.


Lucas De Bolle 7 (for Turner-Cooke 46)

Had a couple of decent moments and tried to unpick the sturdy home side's defence.

Ellis Stanton 6 (for Thompson 46)

Battled away but most of the damage had been done.

Aidan Harris 6 (for Gillespie 63)

Still made one or two good saves.