Wilson, Joelinton, Shelvey and Lewis the top performers – Newcastle player ratings after 1-0 Burnley win

It was 15th time lucky for Newcastle United yesterday afternoon as they sealed their first Premier League win of the season with victory over Burnley.

Callum Wilson took full advantage of a mistake by Clarets stopper Nick Pope on 40 minutes to give The Magpies the lead.

Eddie Howe's side's blushes were spared six minutes from time when the offside flag denied Jay Rodriguez and the visitors a late equaliser.

The win leaves Newcastle now just three points away from 17th placed Watford.

Here is how VAVEL rated The Toon players this afternoon...

The goalkeeper and defence

Martin Dubravka – 8

When called upon, Martin Dubravka was excellent and commanded the backline very well in particular.

The Slovakian proved once again just how important it is to keep him fit for the remainder of the season.

Javier Manquillo – 8

The full-back arguably had the toughest job of all yesterday having to mark Dwight McNeil,, but he defended solidly throughout.

Had a hairy moment just before half-time when he pushed too high up the pitch, leaving Matej Vydra unmarked, but the Burnley striker fluffed his lines.

Fabian Schar – 8

A common word that is going to be used for the defence is 'solid', and guess what? Fabian Schar was solid.

The Swiss international also got an unlikely assist for Wilson's goal when Pope collided with him.

Jamaal Lascelles – 8

Most Newcastle fans wanted Federico Fernandez to return to the starting lineup in place of Jamaal Lascelles, but the captain proved his worth in yesterday's game.

He made some key blocks in the game and was a real leader at the back – absolutely what the team needs as they head into a torrid run of fixtures.

Jamal Lewis – 9

His best performance in a Toon shirt by a country mile.

Jamal Lewis looked like a new signing out there – and is clearly one of the players who is benefitting the most from Howe's arrival.

The left-back did not let the occasion get the better of him and was close to faultless, showing why he was many people's pick for man of the match.

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The midfield

Jonjo Shelvey – 9

Jonjo Shelvey's impressive recent form continued against Burnley, as he bossed the midfield for the entire game.

Shelvey used his range of passing to great effect and had the number of Clarets pair  Ashley Westwoodand Josh Brownhill throughout.

It just shows what a bit of confidence can do...

Joe Willock – 7

The former Arsenal man had a sloppy first-half, misplacing quite a few passes in the middle of the park.

But Joe Willock recovered well after the interval and was key to Newcastle getting the victory.

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The attacking midfield

Miguel Almiron – 8

One thing you will always get with Miguel Almiron is a player who will give his all whenever he goes out on the pitch, and that is what Newcastle got once again yesterday.

The Paraguayan's work rate was unquestionably brilliant, and would have scored one of the best goals of his career if it wasn't for a Nathan Collins block.

Joelinton – 9

"He's Brazilian, he only cost £40 million..."

Like a six foot three Yorkshire terrier, Joelinton covered every blade of grass yesterday afternoon, putting in another top-drawer performance.

If he keeps this level up, that hefty price tag may just be a bargain after all!

Allan Saint-Maximin – 8

He is not having the impact in games of the days of Steve Bruce – mainly due to him not being played as a striker anymore – but Allan Saint-Maximin was a thorn in the side of Burnley, causing problems for their defence throughout.

Having a player of his quality could be the difference between Newcastle and the sides around them in the relegation dogfight.

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The forward

Callum Wilson – 9

If Callum Wilson did not have his problems with injury, he would comfortably score 20 goals every season. It is as simple as that.

He was the match winner once again for The Toon – and his goal may just go down as one of the most underrated finishes of the season.

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