There were a number of excellent performances from Newcastle players last night in the dramatic 2-1 win at the Amex Stadium in Brighton, which put Newcastle back on top of the Championship after being displaced for only four days following our 2-2 at home to Bristol City on Saturday.
For the second game running Ghanaian winger Christian Atsu was our Man of the Match (30%) and he had two assists and another good game.
He brilliantly set up the winner after collecting a fabulous cross-field ball from Matt Ritchie and finding Ayoze Perez in the penalty area for the winner on 89 minutes.
Christian Atsu, Ayoze Perez and Paul Dummett after winner
Love this photo!
More games like this from Christian and he will become a permanent Newcastle player in the summer and he’s already popular with Newcastle fans.
Another good display from Christian – and he almost scored with the last kick of that first half – well done.
Second in the voting and on the EFL Team of the Week (for midweek games) is goalkeeper Karl Darlow (21%) who had an excellent game for us and kept Newcastle in the game with a string of excellent saves.
Certainly Karl’s confidence had not been broken a by a couple of recent errors and he’s using those errors to improve his game – as all good players do.
A great display from our goalkeeper last night who seems to keep improving.
Next in the voting and who’s usually in the top four for every game is Matt Ritchie and what a pass he put in to find Atsu who set up the winning goal late in the game.
It was a real quality goal from Newcastle to win such an important game at the death.
Matt continues to have a great first season on Tyneside and he has been one of our best performing players all season – a great buy for only £10M.
Fourth in our voting on 13% is local lad Paul Dummett and that’s one of the best games we have ever seen Paul play for Newcastle – he didn’t give star winger Anthony Knockeart much of anything last night.
Paul is fast becoming a stalwart at the back for the team and the photo above is such a great photo after Ayoze had scored the winner when Newcastle fans around the world simply went nuts!
This was not only a great win for the Magpies but the performance – especially in the second half – was that of a top team as we raised and raised our game until we got the equalizer and then scored the winner.
These games are stuff of legends and our players know if they can go on from here and get us promoted this season they will be forever remembered as heroes on Tyneside.
The lads were terrific last night but now we need the same thing again at Huddersfield Town on Saturday – where it will not be any easier.
It’s a great chance to put another 3 points between us and the 3rd placed team.