These Were Newcastle’s Best Four Players At Huddersfield

We had some excellent displays by Newcastle players on Saturday afternoon in the important 3-1 win at Huddersfield – another promotion 6 pointer.

The team held out well against an in-form Terriers side and they needed a penalty to get on the scoring board and that was after 72 minutes.

After that if looked like the Terriers had a  chance of at least getting a point – well that was according to the excited Sky Sports commentators – but our lads held out well in defense and showed once again they can take the pressure of a massive game.

Matt Ritchie our Man of the Match

The mental toughness of this side seems to improve with each tough game and if the lads go behind they come surging back, but on Saturday we held a comfortable 2-0 lead at half-time through a penalty from Matt Richie and a good goal from Daryl Murphy.

In the second half Huddersfield increased the tempo and it was a case of matching them and we did that to get a massive 3 points and a 3-1 win with a late goal coming from Dwight Gayle – his 21st league goal of the season.

Matt Ritchie (44%) was our Man of the Match and he’s been a star man for Newcastle all season – especially lately when Dwight Gayle has been out of the side with injury.

When we review this season Matt has been huge for us in the first two months of this year and now he has 13 goals to his name.

Ciaran Clark (14%) has been massive for us in the tough games and what a buy this lad has been for a measly £5M from Aston Villa.

Ciaran could become a huge star for Newcastle and Rafa Benitez in the seasons ahead – he’s performed at the very high level for us this season.

Karl Darlow (13%) has recovered brilliantly from his couple of gaffes and that bodes well for the future of this goalkeeper.

The former Nottingham Forest man has used that experience to become a better goalie and he is improving all the time – he made some good clean saves when it mattered most on Saturday.

Last but certainly not least is that man Daryl Murphy (10%) who scored again when he started the game and it was an opportunist goal he got after 32 minutes.

The big man played well as the lone target man up front until he tired a bit and was then replaced by Dwight Gayle after 65 minutes.

It would not surprise us if Rafa starts Daryl again tomorrow night at Reading and then Dwight can come on in the second half again.

It was a tremendous win for us on Saturday and now we need the same again tomorrow night at the Madejski Stadium.

If we get 3 points then we’ll all be flying.

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5 comments so far

  • beermonkey

    Mar 6, 2017 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    are we on tv tomoz???

  • Toonces

    Mar 6, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I personally think that Mbemba, Mitro, and Perez will all be given chances again once promotion is secured. Whether that means before the season is over or in the lead up to next season. Rafa made it clear, several times, that he wanted to play those players who had experience of the championship or proven as professionals. He really has’t played any of the young players except when forced to – i.e. Mitro getting time because of Gayle’s injury. Same for Lazaar I think. Yes, Lascelles is young but he had the Notts Forest experience in this league and he earned the captain’s armband for this season. Perez had more playing time than the others because of our lack of a #10 and he seems to be closest of what we have that fits that role. However, he is a square peg/round hole being asked to do a job. Diame’s not a #10 either but he brings the physicality and experience that Perez is lacking and pushed him back to the bench. I think Yedlin is the only young player to really take his chance and he did well in the relegation battles for the scum last year – that experience of coming through adversity. The other bench players – namely Hanley, Gamez, Murphy for that matter – were bought as experienced cover to make up the squad. Mitro, Perez, Mbemba, Lazaar will be on their last straws, some like Mitro, may already have spent that last chance. We’ll see.


    Mar 6, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Brighton losing Duffy for 7 weeks is a big blow to them while we are bringing back our most lethal striker, looking good for that title eh

    Ritchie stepped up and replaced Gayles goals while he was injured and kept his mouth in check…player of the season for me though there are a few candidates I’d struggle to argue against

    Its quite fun being a NUFC fan again isnt it


    Mar 6, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #4

    I dont see Mitro getting many more chances unless there are injuries tbh same with Mbemba unfortunatley

    Perez is still in rotation with Diame and tbf to him he has madeva positive impact more often recently

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 6, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Here we go. First post and missed the bus! Some things never change.

    26Bobbybee // Mar 6, 2017 at 12:41 PM

    Before this run of games I said five or six points would see us through. Having already got that, whatever we get at Reading is pure bonus. Be very nice to get another three points and I would be surprised if we don’t now. The better football the opposition play, the more likely we are to win. Not wishing to be accused of blowing smoke up his arse – but feel free to because I couldn’t care less – this is where Rafa is showing how much better a manager he is than those around him. I have criticised Rafa before and I will again if necessary, but when he gets it right so often, it would be churlish to criticise when it’s unfounded. The man is a genius and it shows even more in this league. He completely nullified the threat of two very good teams in Brighton and Huddersfield and without somewhat dubious penalties, both would have resulted in clean sheets. I think that’s worth bigging up myself. After years of incompetent managers it’s nice to be able to say good things about our gaffer and players. And if that’s blowing smoke up his arse, then light me another spliff. (Don’t smoke tobacco).


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