Our Man Of The Match Becoming A Newcastle Star

When DeAndre Yedlin signed for us in the summer from Tottenham Hotspur, he was brought in to replace Daryl Janmaat who wanted to keep playing in the Premier League and so joined Watford.

Yedlin had a name for being a good attacking full back with speed, but that his defensive qualities needed some work.

After not having a particularly good game on Wednesday night in the 2-2 draw against QPR, DeAndre was much better on Saturday in the 1-0 win against Derby.

Rafa Benitez and DeAndre Yedlin on Saturday

And it was his defensive work – when he brilliantly headed off the line in those last few seconds of the game to preserve the win – that got him the plaudits.

And he also made some great runs down the right wing and was a constant threat to Derby.

Slowly but surely Yedlin is becoming a better full-back under Rafa and we can see this lad developing into a really good player for the Magpies in the future.

He’s also a good lad with a professional approach to the game and the Seattle-born player is keen to make himself into a better player under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.

Yedlin was our Man of the Match with 34% of the vote.

And that man Matt Ritchie is second (22%) and he scored yet again for us and he’s filled in so well since our top goalscorer Dwight Gayle was injured over three weeks ago.

Matt now has 12 goals for the season and he is likely to beat his total when he was last in the Championship, when he scored 15 goals in 51 total appearances for Bournemouth in the 2014-2015 season.

We’ll point out Mo Diame was 4th in the voting behind Jonjo Shelvey and Mo looked great in that first half before he was switched to a more defensive role, when Isaac Hayden left the game early in the second half with an injury.

That seemed to upset the balance of the Newcastle side.

If Mo can keep playing like that he will be a huge player for us over the final 17 games of the season, where 11 wins will see us promoted.

It was an excellent result for Newcastle on Saturday afternoon – just what we needed.

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28 comments so far

  • martoon

    Feb 6, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #1

    Repost (thanks Ed)

    martoon // Feb 6, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    I always stay clear of the post match madness on here. My take on the game for what it’s worth – we started well with some good moves, a lot better than Wednesday night. However we started to fade a little and Derby were coming into the game when we scored which you could say was against the run of play. After that we were pretty dominant and should have scored a second to make it comfortable but we didn’t – Diame & Mitro with notable misses. When Hayden went off we had to change around and this seemed to disrupt us – Derby came back strongly and we were hanging on at the end with Rafa going ultra defensive playing 3 centre backs. My man of the match was Yedlin. Mitro had a mixed game, he did some good knock downs, an assist in the goal, missed that sitter and a lot of the time strolled around looking disinterested!

  • G

    Feb 6, 2017 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #2

    @1, that was about my take of the game too. Can’t wait for Gayle to come back, and I would rather see Murphy start before Mitro.

  • martoon

    Feb 6, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #3

    G @2 – I think they are being cautious with Gayle as hamstrings can easily pop again if brought back too early but we certainly miss him.
    I prefer Murphy too but I guess they didn’t think he could manage 2 games in 4 days so gave Mitro a chance – I’m not sure he took it?

  • Budge123

    Feb 6, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    I think Gouffran up top is the best alternative to Gayle given the way we play.
    Now that Atsu back to cover wing I’m hopeful we might play that way?

    The work Gouffran gets trough helps when we are trying to build and defend from the front.

  • G

    Feb 6, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, I could live with Gouffran up front. Agree about the hamstring injuries. Seen many a good player miss prolonged periods because their hamstring went twang again. Steve Howey was robbed of many a match for us through it.

  • posada

    Feb 6, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    So, todays hype is Yedlin Yedlin ra ra ra.
    He did better but I thought Derby saw him as a target with high diagonal balls. He coped with this but I can see why teams see it as a weakness.
    He sliced the ball out for the first of their corners late on. Harsh, yeh probably but I was kicking every ball by that stage. It seemed we were seating deeper and deeper and were going to concede again late on.
    Thing is do you ever get the perfect full back. Someone who defends like Winterburn and attacks like Giggs. Don’t think it is possible.
    Remember we got rid of Simpson as we thought he was one dimensional. Did not have that attacking side to his game in the opposition half.
    Just some random thoughts.

  • martoon

    Feb 6, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    posada – You’re right they did target him with high diagonal balls but opposition teams do that with Anita as well and I would say Yedlin was a lot more successful at dealing with them for obvious reasons.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 6, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #8

    After watching both the QPR and Derby games in full I’d have to say that had Mitro taken that chance, which on any other day would have flown in, and Perez one of his then they’d both have played very well. Perez made a number of great defence splitting runs, got himself on the ball in dangerous places, and fizzed the ball in very dangerously once he got behind on a number of occasions, and Mitro lead the line well and brought others into play throughout the match, as he did for Ritchie’s winner. They do score goals, they just didn’t this week.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 6, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    What a nonsense
    David Moyes is taking his Sunderland strugglers on a four-night team-bonding trip to New York.
    Really thought that one through then David with fatique and jet lag to follow. Take them on an Outward Bound course and put some money into the local economy.
    And meanwhile down at Crystal Palace Uncle Sam has scheduled training for 7am for his naughty boys.
    Managers ? Ha !

    Thank goodness we now have a professional at the helm.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 6, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    I think Mitrovic is one of those players that needs 4 or 5 games in a row to get going he was starting to play well earlier in the season when Gayle was out although to be fair when Gayle came back in he was a machine !!

    Wouldn’t want to rush Gayle back as he has picked up little injuries like this a lot in his career which is another reason why he struggled for game time in the big league!

    Apparently Swansea rejected 30 million plus for Sigurdsson in the January window ! A player who would be perfect for Rafa’s system but will we pay those kind of fees for premiership players in the summer? Feels like its going to end in tears

  • martoon

    Feb 6, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    lochinvar @9 With their budget it is probably the New York just off the Coast Road 😀

  • beermonkey

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #12


    he will be alot less in the summer when they have gone down

  • lochinvar

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    martoon@11 – hadn’t thought of that !
    Maybe they’ll ask the coach driver to stop in Washington on the way home to see if Trump’s in residence ?

  • posada

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    New York New York it’s a wonderful town.
    I hope they can still get that traditional Mackem dish over there.
    Cheesy Chips with garlic dip.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #15


    Yeah true although Swansea do look a different team under Clement!

    Could be Leicester who go down instead of them haha

  • jayphoto

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #16

    weren’t Everton supposed to have bid Like 30m last summer which was rejected? Guess his future all depends on where Swansea end up. Wouldn’t want to hazard a bet at the bottom 3 as Hull look rejuvenated, S*nderland have priors, and to be fair Moyes is a good manager when he gets going and Swansea look a tighter outfit.
    Wouldn’t shock me if Palace or Leicester drop. Ranieri never in his career turns around losing streaks, his title win might mean they stick with him longer than they should, whereas I think palace have a few players who would have their eyes on the fact it’ll be easier for them to get a move if they are relegated. Allardyce is due a relegation too, got a reputation for keeping teams up, Same as Pulis. For me Pulis deserves that but Allardyces luck has been to come up against awfully worse sides (see last season when we blew chance after chance to stay up and put him down)

  • martoon

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party & beermonkey – I rate Sigurdsson but I don’t think he is worth £30m but then again I didn’t think Sissoko was either!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #18


    Yeah I don’t think Sigurdsson is either but prices are going to be mental next season with everyone getting tv money and Chinese league making crazy bids for players !

    60 or 70 million might not go that far in the summer

  • jayphoto

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    Mitrovic is interesting. Must admit, I’m not really Sold on him. Also, he looks less aerially dominant than he did at Anderlecht. Granted, his hold up play is very good, but Steve Howard, Kevin Davies etc were good at that.. his ability when facing the goal is pretty poor, his finishing is woeful, his movement looks laboured and he loses a surprising amount of headers for a big guy, his leap isn’t amazing. Reckon rafas not sold on him either, can’t see him being here next season.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #20


    Yeah he doesn’t attack every ball like he used to do for Anderlecht I remember the game against Arsenal in the Champions League he totally bullied them the whole game for me he looks totally void of any confidence or fitness is it an attitude problem !? Also feel the red cards in England have took something away from his game like he is scared to throw himself into headers and challenges for fear of being carded (maybe under Rafa’s instruction)

    Can see Rafa getting rid in the summer

  • cyprus

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Interesting that Mitro splits opinion so dramatically. People have criticised him even for wanting to take a penalty.

    But, he’s only a kid who;

    Has stayed out if trouble… Shelvey seems more a culprit, still.

    When he got a run of a couple games was..On fire.

    Had only one real chance last game, which was harder than has been said. He’s moving away from goal as he strikes. Aguero missed a sitter at Swansea. Come on. And, he made a lot of good runs which the MFs ignored.

    He’s only come back from an injury. Come on lads, give him a break.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #22

    why didnt it work for siggurson at spurs

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #23


    That would be my concern about him is that when he moved to a bigger club he struggled was it the expectation levels or that he was just another player rather than the star of the team?

    Pochettino has said in a few interviews that he felt Spurs sold him far too early as he could be perfect in the current system and Clement has said that he has good enough ability to play for Madrid or Munich…. got to boost his players confidence I suppose

    We need big personalities to be able to handle the crowd at St James park especially the creative players as they tend to be the ones who lose the ball trying stuff Shelvey , Richie and Gayle have the mentality to be able to handle it we need more players like that!

  • martoon

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    cyprus @21 – I agree I wouldn’t write him off yet. However on Saturday the usual aggression seemed to be missing from him- I don’t know if this is a mental thing after his knee injury, instructions from Rafa or he simply doesn’t give a monkeys any more?

  • jayphoto

    Feb 6, 2017 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #25

    @beermonkey – Might be wrong, but pretty sure he was bought by AVB who played a 4-2-3-1(similar to rafa) with the focus mainly through dominating the middle which meant Sigurdsson played in his natural position but Tim Sherwood came in and played 4-4-2 with Sigurdsson dropping out and a striker (maybe adebayor? ) taking his place with the focus of play out wide with a view to putting crosses in the box

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 6, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    We still had plenty of the ball when Hayden went off and I was glad to see Diame playing his more natural centre midfield position. I am also beginning to appreciate the use of two covering midfielders that can both break forward (individually) rather than the archetypal holding player. I think we lost fluidity more when we went to more of a 442 formation with Sammy / Ritchie on the wings and Perez / Gouffran as an attacking pair.

  • cyprus

    Feb 6, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #27

    The aggression point is interesting. Gerrard Rooney Kosta apart from the known merchants, have been better players, with it.

    Mitro is probably searching-finding a balance there.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 6, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Yedlin was my MotM BEFORE he headed off the line.

    Heading off the line – not so difficult – he just happened to be
    the one in the right p[osition.

    The previous Wednesday, he was a bit suspect defensively, in that
    he stopped the winger from getting past him, BUT did NOT do
    enough to block any crosses coming in.


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