Neil Etheridge

In the form of his life and saved a Newcastle penalty. Has progressed and developed under the guidance of goalkeeping coach Andy Dibble, improving his distribution and sharpening reflexes. 8

Bruno Manga

Played out of position at right-back. I’m not keen on seeing Manga in that position, but the versatile defender is able to adapt. Quality defender, composed and cool under pressure. 6

Sean Morrison (capt)

The leader. Had a little Premier experience at Reading and is relishing his second chance at the top level. A powerful defender who gets the job done. 7

Sol Bamba

Slotted in alongside captain Morrison at the heart of defence. HIs ability to stretch those long legs out and take possession is crucial. Should have done better with a headed first half chance. 7

Joe Bennett

Premier experience, Premier quality. Looks more assured at the top level than maybe he did at times in the Championship. 7

Victor Camarasa

Difficult to understand why Real Betis signed Camarasa. Box-to-box midfield player who doesn’t suit their style at all, but is ideal for the Bluebirds. Booked on his debut. 8

Joe Ralls

The heartbeat of this City team. Tenacious, aggressive and runs for 90 minutes. Linked with Arter in central midfield with Camarasa playing in front of the back four. 7

Harry Arter

Bluebirds debut for Arter. Made an impact and looked a quality signing in midfield. His Premier experience will be a massive asset for the Bluebirds. Linked well with Ralls. 8

Junior Hoilett

The Canadian wide man is a major threat for Cardiff. Pace, power and an ability to put defenders on the back foot. Limped off in the closing minutes. 6

Kenneth Zohore

Good to see the big man back in attack. A powerful centre-forward who has the ability too make his mark at Premier level. 6

Man of the Match – Josh Murphy

I love watching this guy play. Newcastle’s Manquillo will have nightmares about Murphy, who dragged the defender this way, that way and regularly left him trailing. Quick, deceptive and is going to get better. 8


Jazz Richards

Alex Smithies (gk)

Callum Paterson (for Hoilett 83)

Bobby Reid (for Camarasa 77)

Greg Cunningham

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing (for Murphy 77)

Gary Madine

Newcastle United: Dubravka, Manquillo (Hayden 46), Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Jacob Murphy 70), Shelvey, Diamé, Kenedy, Pérez (Muto 64), Joselu. Subs not used: Ki Sung-yueng, Murphy, Rondón, Fernandez, Darlow.

Referee: Craig Pawson