Our Man Of The Match Against Liverpool – He’s Worth His Place – Made A Difference

Jonjo Shelvey is our Man of the Match in his first start since the commencement of the season when we were at home to Spurs.

Jonjo cost us in that game when he managed to get himself sent off early in the second half when we were doing very well sticking to an excellent Rafa game plan.

But he showed his class on Sunday and got an assist with a superb through ball to Joselu who was then helped by Liverpool defender Joel Matip to put the ball into the back of the net for the equaLising goal.

Jonjo Shelvey got 32% of the vote and is our Man of the Match, and we need his creativity in the side.

MOTM Jonjo Shelvey congratulates goalscorer Joselu

Jonjo and Mikel Merino did well playing together but Mikel needs to time to adapt to playing with Shelvey.

And we have to remember the Spaniard still has a lot to learn and he’s only 21 – but he still had a good game.

Second in the voting was American DeAndre Yedlin who was simply outstanding at right back and he continues to get better under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.

That was one of the best games DeAndre has played for Newcastle.

He is a different player than the one that played for Sunderland two seasons ago on loan from Spurs.

Matt Ritchie is third in the voting and he had a typical game and worked his socks off for Newcastle and was all over the place putting his usual excellent shift in for the team.

Matt is very popular on Tyneside because he epitomizes the player our fans love to see – a classy player who works his socks off for the side in every single game.

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44 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 3, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Was good that Shelvey got an assist he needs to be able to create more chances and start scoring more goals as he has the ability to do both!

    Maybe that time out will do him the world of good

  • rasul

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #2

    I thought Clark was man of the match. What a deffender we have in him. Jonjo Merino was overuned in the middle! Thy had no breathing space, because of their 3 midfielders. With Southampton they will have more space and time to do their magic.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #3

    Rasul…Clark MotM for the Liverpool game? I thought it was possibly his worst performance for us.

    Not a crack at him, he’s been a consistent performer for us, but I think he had a bad game last time out, at least by his standards

  • Klatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Shelvey-Merino will be a handful for many teams this season. If only we had an extra runner/option for them to hit with their passes, Ayoze isnt offering himself enough through the channels.

  • martoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Rasul – I like Clark but thought it was not one of his better games and he had that horrendous miskick as well as nearly giving away a penalty with a wrestling match in our box!
    Mag52 – All games are full of what-ifs. Against Brighton if Marinos shot hadn’t been brilliantly saved, Joselu fluffed his shot, Jonjo’s corner hit the post we could have won easily!

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    He’ll be our best manager in our 125 years when he actually wins something?!

    Most successful at other clubs, ok.

    He must at least get us in the top four before he can earn that lofty title. Even AP got us to fifth.

    For me, the title goes to… KK. The brand of football, together with the fact we easily could’ve won the PL, puts him at the very top.

    I’m not a fan of Rafa’s ‘pragmatic’ as they all put it brand of football, but I understand that he must be… pragmatic.

  • cyprus

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    The biggest chance to win it was at the death.

    Diame’s shot from a corner is saved by lovren’s arm. Was going in. Would’ve been a cruel penalty like in the case of lascelles, earlier.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Cyrpus…Which thread was that from? Surely if Ed is saying that he’ll be our best manager “when he wins something” would surpass getting 4th place in the league? Or would you discount the domestic cups?

    As for brand of football, for sure, it’ll take a while to take that crown from KK anytime soon.

  • rasul

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #9

    He was playing against mane, salah, firminho, sturridge, winjaldum etc. Im telling u, he won my heart in that match. But thats my opinion.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Rasul…Fair enough, we all have our opinions. Did you think it was one of his better NUFC performances then?

    I take on board what you say about the competition, but the rest of the team faced those players too, not just Clark, who imo, nearly cost us several times in that game.

    From memory, both Lascelles and Yedlin put in more during the Liverpool game, but as you say, just opinions.

  • rasul

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    A question who will join Crystal Palace and Swansea down to the championship?

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    Rasul…Not sure yet, I just know it wont be us (well, I’d probably include Man City, Man U, Chelsea, Spurs, etc etc in that list too 🙂 ).

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #13

    I don’t like the way the smileys get centered in a post.

    Self centered (centering?) little smiling *%&”**&!!!

  • Wayayman

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning lads and lasses.

    I thought the whole team played well as a defensive unit on Sunday. Ritchie is the perfect Newcastle player I think. Always at maximum, never shirks a tackle and always on the run either to close down the oppo or looking for space. He’d be an absolute mare to play against and the lad is like Roadrunner.

    Cyprus re KK being our greatest manager. I agree, but that’s only when you look at the first team. He arguably left the club in a much, much weaker long-term position when he left as he had pretty much destroyed the route into the first team when he dismantled the reserves. Rafa, while his brand of football isn’t comparable (yet?) to Keegan’s, has come in and is completely rebuilding the club from top to bottom. If he stays long-term I think his impact could be a legacy that lasts a long time. If only Ashley could see it though!

  • martoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza – your last smilie wasn’t centered so you seem to have unwittingly found a workaround!

  • Wayayman

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Also re the potential take over, it’s obvious that no one knows owt. The journalists are speculating as much as we are. We dont even know for sure if these Non Disclosure Agreements exist let alone have been signed by interested parties -that’s their very nature ffs!
    All we can say is that it would be typical of Ashley to sell us to Kim Jong Un out of spite just when things are heading in the right direction for the first time in years.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    Martoon…Really? It’s showing centered for me. Are you using the mobile site?

    Not that it’s a huge deal or anything.

  • martoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Wayayman – completely agree. While the football was brilliant under Keegan he scrapped the reserves and spent all the money. The much maligned Daglish had to reform the reserves and no money to spend and ended up bringing in his son and ex Liverpool mates!

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #19

    Wayayman…Big fan of Ritchie too. Some of the crosses he provides are brilliant and he is tireless.

    As for the potential take over, I agree, very few know anything, if anything is to be known. Still, it’s expected than fans and press alike will let their imaginations run.

    Even if there is genuine interest, still quite a few hurdles before that turned into anything more serious. Could be interesting saga.

  • martoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Ibiza yes i am on the mobile site maybe that’s the reason!

  • martoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #22

    In a way Richie is the new Jonas not a traditional winger but a hard worker. I’d say Richie is probably a better footballer than Jonas but don’t get me wrong I’ll always love Jonas for what he did for us.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Time for my thoughts on the game.

    I will not say anything negative about the keeper or any of the defenders as i feel Liverpool have one of the fastest/dangerous front 3 + cortinio in the prem, so restricting them 2 shots on target was great effort from them.

    I actually thought we had the right balance with both Merino and shelvey sitting in front of the defence, they worked very well together.

    now for my disappointment from the match, Liverpool are pants in defence and defensive MF, gorginio went awol for them and henderson was a headless chicken, and our front 4 didn’t test them as much as i thought they could have, in fact our best attacker was yedlin, he could have stayed back and just defended but no , he bombed on at every opertunity,
    Joselu low on confidence and seemed to have lead boots on
    Perez, headless chicken and didn’t know where to make runs
    Atsu just ran into people
    Ritchie , lots of running but no final ball.

    i don’t know if this was just because it was Liverpool or instructions.

    i gave my mom to Merino, he seemed to play more controlled and defensive and won loads of little tackles.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #24


    hurdles? more like road blocks. and his name is Mike Ashley, If we are for sale, the buyer must jump through hoops and pay handsomely to do so.
    it wouldn’t surprise me if there is a huge fee just to look at the books, like a huge scam

  • Jib

    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #25

    The best post from Sunday
    In case you missed it

    Oct 1, 2017 at 2:22 PM
    No matter how bad Liverpool defence is, our attack is so rubbish we are not going to trouble them. We will be under so much pressure in defence that we will eventually cave and floodgates will open. We will probably hold them until 35 40mins and then the pressure will give way.

    Prediction. Newcastle 0 Liverpool 5.

    We are gonna get roasted today.. Be prepared for demoralising thrashing.


  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #26

    You are seriously out of touch with the fickle Geordie nation if you think people would be clamouring to get a statue of Mike Ashley built should we win silverware under Rafa. There is one man and one man alone getting the credit for that.

  • EllaGuru

    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #27

    I still reckon Lascelles was MOM by a long way. The lad put in so many tackles and was in the right place at the right time on multiple occasions. One has to believe that him being there is not just a coincidence. I was really impressed with his reading of the danger.
    Clark had an off-day, but to be fair, he has been very consistent for us over the last season and a bit.
    Elliot needs to work on distribution. The number of times he played the ball long to either Atsu or Perez was frustrating.
    Perez, for me, needs to offer more to warrant a place. He is meant to play in the 10 role. He is meant to be the creative link. Unfortunately, as his stats this season show, he is offering us nothing (1assist in 7 games is not good enough)

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #28


    Don’t think you’re far off with your Jonas comparison either. I have a lot of time for both players.

    Catchy…Luckily, given the way football finances are, that may not be the road block it once was. Mind, that doesn’t mean Ashley wont inflate his ask accordingly.

    As I was saying, who knows what if anything is happening. I wont be sitting here saying it can’t happen though. Rafa has ignited some belief again.

    Jail…Being fair, I’d probably be fine with a plaque under the Rafa statue congratulating Ashley on not completely getting in the way.

  • magspuggy

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #29

    This lady thats supposed to be after the club. She tried to buy liverpool twice and was at the game as a guest of the visiting club. She did however meet the nufc bairns. I wonder if its not liverpool she still wants to buy or has been instructed to buy from her partners.

    I would not mind a takeover by someone who makes ashley look skint but there is still a worry we could get worse than we have atm.

    What a point earned i had expected a tonking tbh but we done ourselfs proud and nicked a point against a club that will finish higher than us. If we can keep that going and win against the teams around the bottom we will finish in the middle nee bova.

    Exciting times ahoy. Hwtl

  • Reilly

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #30

    Being reported that this lady met rafa after the game.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Magspuggy…For all of Ashleys wealth, outside of the initial purchase, we’ve been a self sufficient business.

    I understand there have been some subsequent loans, but these could be achieved through other avenues (yes, at a cost, but that’s business).

    As for Amanda, i think I read that she wasn’t a guest of either club. Where did you hear she was a guest of Liverpools?

  • magspuggy

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Ibiza. It was the chronicle i think said she was kenny daglishs guest. She did try and buy them at least one maybe twice before.

    I have heard she wants a club for herself but she is also a broker so any sale could be part of her day job.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #33

    Mags…Fair enough. Not sure where I read that she wasn’t a guest of either club, then you have to wonder whether the Chronicle or my source (for lack of memory) know anyway.

    I’ve definitely read about her previous assistance with a Liverpool purchase that fell through.

    I think we’ve both successfully managed to run through the various scenarios again 🙂

  • magspuggy

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #34
  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #35

    There you go.


    “Sky Sports News understands that neither Newcastle or Liverpool provided tickets for Staveley, who runs PCP Capital Partners, a fund with global assets of more than £28billion.”

    However, as we all know to well, sometimes what SS understands, is nothing.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #36

    I would suggest Amanda has no intention of bidding for nufc from the reaction she made when checking out her social media. She was explicitly aware the cameras had picked her out and of the speculation it had ignited, the reaction she gave was of confused disbelief.

  • magspuggy

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #37

    Fwiw. Ibiza i hope she liked what she saw and buys the club for herself. Very few will know the truth and the ones that do will be banned from telling us anyhow.

    I would hope any buyer of nufc has looked into the club and does not let ashley walk away with the land the club needs. Its part of the club and shoud be included in the sale.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #38

    Mags…What is fwiw? We’ll only know part of the truth is something does happen.

    Are you referring to the Strawberry place land? Do you know what the current SP with that is? I had read a while ago a deal was agreed and permissions in place (I think)? Have asked a few times on here, but no one ever responds. Either it’s not known or not many care.

  • Ibizatoon

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #39

    For what it’s worth?!?

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 3, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #40

    Does anybody else keep having a peek at the Premier League table?
    I’d recommend it. Feels good!


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