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Crystal Palace (H) player ratings: A hat-trick of 10/10s as the Magpies smash the Eagles

Crystal Palace (H) player ratings: A hat-trick of 10/10s as the Magpies smash the Eagles
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Newcastle United returned to Premier League action in style following the international break.

The Premier League returned this afternoon after what seemed like an eternity without club football.

Last time out Newcastle dropped points against West Ham with a 2-2 draw which, despite Newcastle's dominance was a fair result due to some shocking officiating. This time, however, Newcastle were in no mood to be charitable.

With several players who could have picked up Player of the Match, Newcastle put in a superb team performance in the 4-0 battering of Crystal Palace. Here are our match ratings:

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Murphy was a perfect 10

One of the best overall performances of the season

Nick Pope – 8

He enjoyed a quiet opening period but was called into significant action on three occasions in the second half, saving easily low down from Doucouré, denying Édouard very well from a central free-kick, and then standing up well to Rak-Sayi's drive from inside the box.

Kieran Trippier – 10

Just the 112 touches for Tripps today and another assist, this time for Murphy. He was at the heart of most of our good play and overwhelmed Palace left-back Mitchell in combination with Murphy and Longstaff throughout a dominating first half from the Magpies.

Jamaal Lascelles (c) – 8

He was second only to Trippier in terms of involvement with 106 touches, but barely put a foot wrong despite that not being his main strength. Was powerful in the air and quick across the ground, putting his body on the line in pursuit of a third clean sheet in five starts.

Fabian Schär – 10

We're running out of superlatives for our number five. Despite being moved to left centre-back since Sven Botman's injury, he's maintained his superb start to the season. His long passing here was an absolute joy and he started most of our best moves of the game.

Dan Burn – 8

He's demonstrating excellent consistency this season and is building up his relationship with Gordon down the left. With most of the play going down the Newcastle right he wasn't too heavily involved in attack, but he was happy to get forward whenever he could.

Sean Longstaff – 9

Deserved his goal for another 90 minutes full of running and dirty work, and took it very well despite having loads of time to overthink the shot. Got in behind Mitchell down the left time and time again, working brilliantly in tandem with Trippier and Murphy.

Bruno Guimarães – 9

It's safe to say he's back to best. He was taking the proverbial out of Palace's midfield trio at times in possession and won 7/8 duels, something he'd lost from his game during his dip in form. He's massive for us when in this sort of form.

Joelinton – 7

This was the perfect game for the big Brazilian to ease himself back into the starting lineup, though he didn't look at his sharpest as a result of a few games out. With most of the play taking place on the opposite side he only managed 36 touches in his 80 minutes.

Jacob Murphy – 10 ⭐

This was one of Murphy's best overall performances in black and white. He's become such a reliable player for Howe these days and it's great to see him scoring (though we're sure it was a cross!) and grabbing a couple of excellent assists as well.

Callum Wilson – 8

Managed just 18 touches in his 70 minutes and found chances difficult to come by, until Murphy put it on a plate for him when he was on the cusp of being substituted for Isak. There was never any doubt he was scoring, because that's just what he does.

Anthony Gordon – 9

Showed how much he was missed at the London Stadium with another display of the highest sharpness. Was likely kicking himself after missing a sitter in the first half, but put it right soon enough, and was electric in all of his actions, especially when tracking back.

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Wilson: right at the buzzer!

The game was won by the time the substitutes arrived

Tino Livramento – 6

The most involved of all the changes and played his part in the clean sheet with some timely interventions at the back. A little rusty when in possession, however.

Sandro Tonali – 6

Got an enormous reception from the crowd when warming up in the first half and was serenaded heartily after coming on for what ended up being a very tidy display.

Miguel Almirón – 5

Missed a huge chance when put through one-on-one by Isak and wanted too much time on the ball in his other actions. Coming under big pressure from Murphy in the eleven.

Alexander Isak – 7

The pick of the substitutes. He created a massive chance for Miggy and tried to get involved as much as possible, with his touch and movement belying his apparent injury issues.

Elliot Anderson – 6

Didn't have as much time as the other four to make an impact but was determined to do so, seeing plenty of the ball and completing all eight of his passes in a sharp cameo.

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Champions League up next

Next up for the Magpies

Dortmund are in town for the third game of Group F in the Champions League on Wednesday night. That one's an 8 p.m. kick-off and will be shown live on TNT Sports. Howay the lads!