Here are the ratings we gave to each Newcastle player in the great 1-0 win at home to Liverpool on Saturday.
Mehdi Abeid – our Man of the Match
Tim Krul 7/10:
Liverpool were not very potent up front but Tim Krul looked to be in good form and made one fantastic save from Coutinho when the score was still 0-0. Having a good season for Newcastle.
Daryl Janmaat 7/10:
The Dutchman is good moving forward, and he had another solid game at the back, and even seems to be slowly getting to grips with the Premier League. Not afraid to get stuck in, but his foul on Balotelli when he kicked the Italian’s legs away had us worried he could have been shown a red card – but he only got a yellow. A solid display from the Dutchman.
Fabricio Coloccini 8/10:
Colo is the leader of Newcastle and a quiet one, but he is very effective at organizing our defense at the back, and he is always a calm and experienced presence for the side. The Argentine has played well over the last few games and it’s made a difference.
Steven Taylor 7/10:
Steven had another solid game and is making the center-back position his own again. In fact the back four seem to be gaining strength in every game, as they get used to each other. Steven had a solid game and Balotelli was well shackled.
Paul Dummett 8/10:
Dummett has another excellent game following his stint at center-back on Wednesday in Manchester. Paul is getting better and he showed how good a defender he is becoming with a very good performance and young Raheem Sterling hardly got a look-in.
Mehdi Abeid 9/10:
A second astonishing display in four days form the Algerian U21 International, and this was his Premier League debut and he was strong and steady in defensive midfield. For this his PL debut he was so assured – and he was our Man of the Match – a terrific performance from Mehdi who looks to be fulfilling his substantial promise now.
Jack Colback 7/10:
Jack has been one of our best players this season and he had another good game in the middle of the park for Newcastle, What an acquisition this player and has been for us – and a Geordie too.
Moussa Sissoko 8/10:
Sissoko is coming into form we haven;t often seen form the Frenchman and he got the assist for the goal as he powered his way though the Liverpool defense. Moussa has been given a deeper role by the manager and he has played great for us over the last several games – he;s getting better.
Gabriel Obertan 7/10:
Played so well before he was stretchered off, and he may be out for a few months with his thigh injury. We’re hoping it wont be too bad of an injury but the initial signs are that it is. Obertan has showed his best ever form for Newcastle this season.
Sammy Ameobi 6/10:
Started off well, but got into a rut and started to give the ball away too many times, and was eventually substituted. Sammy is in his last season of his contract, and must show consistency – only a so so performance from Sammy on Saturday.
Papiss Cisse 6/10:
Had one chance in the first half and ball was headed away but he has a quiet game d was replaced at the half by Perez. Pardew was probably worried he wasn’t 100% fit although the Senegal man wanted to stay on. Will show up more in first half at West Brom next Sunday because of this.
Rolando Aarons 7/10:
Came on early in the game for Obertan and showed some good skills and speed again, and is playing his way back to match fitness. A decent performance from the 18 year-old.
Ayoze Perez 7/10:
Again looked dangerous in the penalty area and took his chance expertly as he hit the ball first time into the back of the net as it bounced off Alberto Moreno. Ayoze seems to be a poacher who can put the b]put the ball into the net without thinking about it – always the sign of a natural striker – what a buy this lad looks for Newcastle.
Remy Cabella 7/10:
Showed a lot of energy in the last 25 minutes but missed a golden opportunity to put Newcastle 2-0 up but seems to do everything right but Mignolet made a good save. Remy needs a goal to help with his confidence but he looked good and sprightly for Newcastle after he came on.
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