Sport: Elliot Anderson and 'brilliant' Dan Burn top Newcastle United first half ratings vs Atalanta

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Nick Pope 7

Elliot Anderson in action against Atalanta © Getty Images Elliot Anderson in action against Atalanta

Dealt well with a couple of Atalanta threats. Saved superbly from Duvan Zapata on one occasion.

Kieran Trippier 7

Shrugged off an early injury scare to show assertiveness on right-hand side.

Fabian Schar 6

A steady enough shift.

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Dan Burn 8

Done a brilliant job marking Zapata - who has scored over 100 goals in Serie A - by sticking to him like glue.

Matt Targett 6

Another to shake off an injury scare.

Sean Longstaff 6

A tough battle against Brazilian Ederson who was happy to show off his skills.

It's now or never for several Newcastle United players - football is unforgiving

  It's now or never for several Newcastle United players - football is unforgiving This is going to be a big season for several players on a personal level, writes John GibsonTwo friendly football matches staged at St James' Park on successive days, not a normal occurrence. First Atalanta from Italy's Serie A come Friday night followed quickly by La Liga's Athletic Bilbao on Saturday afternoon to complete a pre-season of sharpening reflexes. Then after a deep breath we move on to the Premier League ready or not.

Elliot Anderson 8

Bounced back on his feet after some rough challenges. Dealing well with the physical side. Won the penalty which put Newcastle ahead.

Miguel Almiron 6

A deeper role for Almiron tonight and drove forward well when needed.

Jacob Murphy 6

United didn't get him on the ball to often. One cross cleared after rare break forward and another shot went wide.

Ryan Fraser 7

A bright enough display.

Chris Wood 7

Made no mistake from the spot. And really needed that strike.

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Glenn Middleton scored a stunning second-half goal as Dundee United pulled off one of their biggest European results in recent decades by defeating AZ Alkmaar 1-0 on an exhilarating night at raucous Tannadice. © Dundee United recorded an excellent 1-0 win over AZ Alkmaar at Tannadice. The 22-year-old winger only joined the Terrors from Rangers last Friday and marked his home debut by giving Jack Ross’s side a priceless lead to defend when they head to the Netherlands next Thursday for the second leg of this Europa Conference League third qualifying round tie.

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