Vurnon Anita was declared fit before the game yesterday against Aston Villa and held onto his right-back position, even through regular right=back Daryl Janmaat was fit again.
Vurnon justified Rafa Benitez’ faith in him by putting in another Man of the Match performance at Villa and Anita secured 20% of the vote.
A close second on 17% was another defender – Chancel Mbemba – with his center-back partner Jamaal Lascelles a close third on 16%.
Vurnon Anita – in action at Villa Park
Andros Townsend came in next at 14% and the impressive goalkeeper Karl Darlow was next in line on 12%, so four defenders in the top five in our Man of the Match poll.
It was Newcastle’s second clean sheet in a row, but we couldn’t score to get the 3 points and therefore dropped two precious points in the game and also two points to Sunderland who beat Chelsea 3-2 at home.
Sunderland will survive if they can beat Everton on Wednesday night at the Stadium of Light, otherwise it will go down to the final game on Sunday afternoon.
Newcastle are at home to Spurs and Sunderland are away at Watford.