Melbourne Victory

Lawrence Thomas - 7

Left scrambling a few times in the first half, but ultimately nothing wrong, nothing doing. Sprung to life in the second as Newcastle probed on the counter, pulling of a couple of sensational saves.

Storm Roux - 7

Composed and purposeful when taking the ball centrally – looked very confident in possession.

Corey Brown - 5

Victory’s weakest link in the first half, allowing the likes of Jair to breeze past him, giving away the ball in dangerous positions.

James Donachie - 5

Relatively solid in the air but lackadaisical in his man-marking, could expect a greater influence in defensive marshalling. Sent off in stupid fashion late for a challenge on Kaine Sheppard.

Thomas Deng - 6

Greater impact than Donachie, but still left a little to be desired. Appeared to play Roy O’Donovan back into form at times.

Raúl Baena - 7

A little over-physical as per usual but overall a decent performance, pinging the ball around with as much penetration as Victory's deep-dropping strikers would allow.