Player Ratings: One player stands out after Newcastle lose again at Watford

Goalkeeper and Defence

Martin Dubravka – 9*

Would have been a cricket score in the first half if it wasn’t for Dubravka and it was his double save from Deeney’s penalty that kept Newcastle in with a shout.

Javier Manquillo – 4

Returned to the starting XI but illustrated why Deandre Yedlin is Benitez’s first-choice right back. Struggled defensively in the first half but improved slightly when shifted to a wing-back role, crossing for Perez’s goal, before he was replaced by Yedlin.

Jamaal Lascelles – 6

Found it tough up against the muscular pairing of Deeney and Gray in the first half but gained a semblance of control after half-time as United grew into the game.

Florian Lejeune – 6

Set the tone for Newcastle in the second half with some good play out from the back after overplaying before the break.

Paul Dummett – 4

Another rotten display from one of the most consistent players for Newcastle during 2018. Dummett carried on where he left off against West Brom last week, giving away a cheap penalty with an uncharacteristically untimed tackle on Gray and generally looking nervous at left-back.