Our Man Of The Match Tops Many Good Performances

There were good performances from Newcastle players all over the pitch in our 1-0 loss at Leicester City on Monday night in Rafa Benitez´ first game in charge.

One way of seeing that is it´s not often we have six players getting over 9% of the vote, but that´s what we have after Monday night´s very good performance – even if the result was another defeat.

It was a very good team performance and for the third time running since returning from their short holiday in La Manga, Spain the captain Jonjo Shelvey was our Man of the Match and he had 22% of the vote.

jonjo shlevey leads newcastel out on MOnday

Jonjo leading the team out at Leicester

Jonjo Shelvey had another good game for us and he has provided some creativity to the Newcastle side since he was signed in January from Swansea City.

If we do survive this season Jonjo will be one reason we manage to do that.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was second in the voting with 13%, although we need to see more goals from the young Serbian striker and Wijnaldum and Sissoko were next in line with 12% each.

That´s significant because as we have pointed out yesterday those two very good players  don´t usually even turn up for away games.

So we expect both of them to be in really good form at home to Sunderland on Sunday – and we really need to get our recovery going with a win in that game.

Ayoze Perez (10%), who started the game and Daryl Janmaat (9%) make up the six players with over 9% of the vote.

The first performance under Rafa Benitez augers well for the future, as we desperately try to save ourselves from relegation.

Now we have to beat Sunderland on Sunday and we have to score to do that of course.

Here´s hoping.

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7 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Mar 16, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Mike Ashley: Could Sports Direct boss be jailed in Big Ben?

    Is a headline on the BBC web site this morning – that would be interesting. Do you think Charnley would smuggle a mobile to him to keep in touch ?!

  • G

    Mar 16, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #2

    It was a decent all round performance from the team in general. Still some sloppy passing to sort out, Colcack and Vern really nedd to learn how to pass forward without conceding possesion. Cant really grumble about the score too much, that was some goal mind.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Mar 16, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #3

    We’ve definitely got goals in the side but the confidence has been shattered and it will have to be built back up.

    Cisse, Gini, Doumbia, Shelvey, Townsend, Siem, Perez are all capable of pitching in with goals. Even Mitro at his old club got about 17; Different league but he can put the ball in the back of the net nevertheless.

    I’m sure Rafa can correct the glaring improvements to the team’s shape to help put the players in better situations during the game to bring about more goal attempts. More quality goal attempts leads to the chance of more goals. That is the key area to be worked upon and now we have a manager with more than a clue of how to implement it

  • martoon

    Mar 16, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #4

    murvar @4 from last topic. He should have sacked McClaren on the Sunday or Monday and appointed a caretaker such as Beardsley or Cathro. Then if negotiations for the new manager were not complete the caretaker would have been in charge at Leicester. It was ridiculous McClaren taking training when he knew his days were numbered – can’t blame him for hanging on for a payoff – who wouldn’t in his position?

  • lochinvar

    Mar 16, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #5

    Norwich games rearranged due to Watford in Cup action.
    Final schedule now

    Chelsea (H) – Sat, May 7

    Everton (H) – Weds, May 11

    Watford (A) – Sun, May 15

    Norwich City

    Man Utd (H) – Sat, May 7

    Watford (H) – Weds, May 11

    Everton (A) – Sun, May 15


    Palace (H) – Sat, April 30

    Aston Villa (A) – Sat, May 7

    Tottenham (H) – Sun, May 15

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Mar 16, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Shelvey may have been our best player, but it was a 7/10 performance to be generous. Pretty dire when you consider where we are.

  • widowmagandapoke

    Mar 16, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #7

    If only Humpty and co listened to the supporters we would have had a good centre back a decent left back and a good striker and Maclaren would not have been here in the first place.


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