Newcastle United 1 Sheffield United 0 - player ratings

There was only a goal in it, but once again Sheffield United were beaten in the Premier League.

OUTSTANDING: Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale

If was far from a terrible performance though it failed to live up to a bright start. If only David McGoldrick had been more clinical, the gloss on it might have been brighter.

Chief football writer Stuart Rayner gives his verdict on the Blades players.

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Aaron Ramsdale - two brilliant saves although one would have counted for nothing because of an offside flag 8

Chris Basham - did his usual job of getting forward when he could 7

John Egan - a defender who deserves to stay in the Premier League, but the Blades will hope he does not 7

Jack Robinson - having impressed getting forward on Sunday, he made some important defensive contributions at St James's Park 7

Jayden Bogle - produced an early cross that deserved a runner onto it 6

Oliver Norwood - pandemic football has not been to his liking 6

John Fleck - one excellent block, got forward too but still no goal for him 6

Enda Stevens - popped up at centre-forward early on as, like Basham, he reminded us what proper Sheffield United football looked like 6

David McGoldrick - no lack of effort and he came close twice but ultimately centre-forwards have to make the difference in front of goal, especially with no one sharing the burden 6

Daniel Jebbison - another valuable 90 minutes 6

Ben Osborn - involved in McGoldrick's early chance but not as influential as he had been at Goodison Park 6.

Substitutes:

Rhian Brewster (for Osborn, 68) - little for him to feed off with the game petering out 6

Owulfemi Seriki (for Bogle, 90) - debut N/A

Not used: Lundstram, Lowe, Jagielka, Foderingham, Brunt, Gordon, Boyes.

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