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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