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Newcastle Player Ratings – Ben Arfa Again The Star Man

For the second game in row Hatem Ben Arfa was Newcastle’s star player with another excellent outing in Newcastle’s colors, but even the Frenchman couldn’t get the goal that would have put Newcastle back on track, although he worked his socks off for the side.

Ben Arfa – in action yesterday

Tim Krul 7

Tim had a decent game and certainly had no chance with either of the two goals, and he made a good attempt to get to Hazard’s penalty and guessed the right way, but the shot from the impressive Belgian was too well positioned.  Tim again  looked an impressive goalkeeper in the Newcastle goal and has picked up from where he left off last season.

Danny Simpson 5

Danny was okay yesterday before being replaced by Ryan Taylor after 64 minutes, and when he came off and clapped the Newcastle supporters we couldn’t help thing if that was his last game in the black and white stripes of Newcastle. Whether he goes or stays, maybe Ryan Taylor will claim the right back position soon, if Debuchy doesn’t come in. An average performance form Danny boy yesterday.

Steven Taylor 6

Steven had another decent game in London, and wasn’t at fault for the two goals, and we just have to hope he can start to form a long standing partnership with Colo at the back, and this was the first time these two had played together since the Chelsea game at St. James’ Park last December, when Steven did in his Achilles. Steven has started the season in promising form and had a decent game yesterday.

Fabricio Coloccini  6

Had a quiet but effective game in his very first appearance of the season for Newcastle, and it was good to see the captain back in Newcastle colors. This game was lost in the first half, especially with that second goal coming late in the first half, but Colo rallied the troops well in that second half, and with any luck we could have scored some goals. Good to see Colo back in the side.

Davide Santon 7

We thought Davide looked very good on the ball yesterday, and he was looking to go forward all the time, and Davide still has time to become a top full back for the side. He had a good game yesterday, although he’s better at going forward than defending – but so was Jose Enrique.

Ben Arfa 8

Ben Arfa was again the pick of the bunch for Newcastle right from the first  kick-off,  and this boy again looked majestic on the ball and seemed full of confidence too. The Frenchman also was very determined and kept drifting into the center, where perhaps he could have been more effective for Newcastle yesterday. Worked his socks off for the side, and Ben Arfa has looked great in the first two games of the season. Easily our Man of the Match with 70% of the vote.

Yohan Cabaye 6

Getting into the swing of things, but still didn’t look like the player we know this lad is.  Put in a decent shift though, and still trying to get back to full match fitness. Put in a workmanlike performance for the side, before being replaced by James Perch after  77 minutes, and we expect Yohan to improve the more games he plays.

Vurnon Anita 6

Made the mistake of touching Fernando Torres for the penalty after 21 minutes and that changed the game in Chelsea’s favor, but it’s hard to criticize Anita too much, as he tried to get to grips with the pace of the Premier League. A decent enough performance from the Dutchman in the second half,  and don’t forget he also played the full 90 minutes on Thursday night in Athens.

Jonas Gutierrez 6

Typical display from the Argentine but couldn’t get any good crosses in or set up the strikers. Jonas does an awful lot of work for Newcastle, but no final cutting pass or cross yesterday, which we really needed in that second half, when a Newcastle goal could have altered everything.

Demba Ba 6

A quiet day for the Senegal man, and he had a couple of chances to score but missed an excellent chance from about seven yards out after 84 minutes that Petr Cech managed to save down to his right – but Ba should have broken the net with his shot. As always he put in a lot of work for the side, and played as a withdrawn striker in the first half.

Papiss Cisse 6

Still coming into match fitness and had another quiet game, but he linked up well with Demba Ba a few times,  but Alan Pardew gas to work out how to get the best out of his two Senegal strikers when they play together.  Played on Thursday night in Athens so maybe we expected too much from him yesterday. It’s hard to say this when Ba and Cisse were in the side, but Newcastle  lacked a cutting edge up front yesterday, and we had some decent chances in that second half,  but couldn’t get the all important first goal.

Ryan Taylor 6

Got on for the last 25 minutes or so, and we think Alan Pardew will think of starting this player in our next league games against Aston Villa, simply because he’s a goal threat from any free-kick and we needed a goal so much in that second half. After his excellent permanence in Athens he did well yesterday, but probably needs to start for Newcastle – and maybe at right back in place of Danny Simpson. Ryan is similar in style to Danny but can take those corners, free kicks and throw-ins, and he gives Newcastle that little bit extra – especially in games like yesterday.

James Perch and Gabby Obertan came on too late to be rated.

That’s what we thought of yesterday’s performances, but it’s all subjective of course – how would you have rated the players?

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104 comments so far

  • outsidethebox

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #1

    benny 10 out of 10

  • dawid182

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    oh cmon… 6 for Colo and Anita? if they were six Ben Arfa should habe been 10… we lost the game, it cant be 6 for almost every player

  • outsidethebox

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    from games so far if no one in or out i think we have to play
    santon saylor or perch collo gutti
    cabaye anita tiote marv

  • cyprus

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Good to see your ratings Ed, do it every week.
    You may be reading this blog too much, regarding Simpson! 🙂 Or is it you? 🙂 How come he’s not on your banner since, like it or not, he’s a starter. Just saying, I’d be a bit offended if I was him and visited your site 🙂
    On your ratings, all fine except Cisse and Cabaye should score lowest, to be fair

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Ed marv came on not obertan and would probs take a mark of everyone imo we were bad i dont think anyone would get an 8

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Cisse 4
    Jonas 4

    Starting Raylor … this is why we need to buy this window!

  • ToonDownSouth

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #7


    Whilst I did say I was going to stop posting, I feel I should point out that I really wasn’t directing that post at you or Beattie! Measured, rational criticism is fine – it’s what the blog’s for.

  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #8

    The Chelsea Game is Over its Time to Move on !!!!! Were Gonna Win Something This Season – Better Squad than last Season etc. If we can keep everyone and buy a defender and a striker by sunday then were cooking on gas !!!! Watch out Aston Villa The Dembas are Coming !!!!!

  • davybtoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #9

    our youth team is looking very strong

    tavernier streete good dummitt
    biggie abeid
    sammi vukic ferguson

    all these players will b challengeing within the next year n i wouldnt hesitate to use any of them if needed

  • davybtoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #10

    lee dodd

    thats the attitude to have

  • ToonAndy

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #11

    I was devastated after getting beat yesterday but we have to remember it was Chelsea away! … Not many teams will go there and get anything… But I wasn’t happy when I saw that 4-4-2 line up again!… I hope Pardew tries this against Aston villa and I think we’ll see some much better football…







  • catchy in norway

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #12


    simpson was no worse than a few others yesterday

    cabaye jonas were just as shocking, yes shocking

    ba and cisse hardly linked up at all ,

    the game was crying out for marvaux to be brought on much earlier , and for jonas not santon

    pardew got the tactics wrong, my rating for him was 5,

    reasons for such a low mark
    1 subs bench looked weak,
    2 should not start with both ba and cisse, there clearly not fit after fasting
    jonas should have been subed, santon is a better LB

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #13

    Krul – 6
    Simpson – 4
    Saylor – 6
    Colo – 5
    Santon – 6
    HBA – 9
    Anita – 5
    Cabaye – 4
    Jonas – 5
    Ba – 6
    Cisse – 1

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Alan Pardew – 3

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Ochytoon is obvious your an idiot.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Spot on them ratings ruddy although actually drop ba to a 4.

  • ochytoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Coming from the guy who posts on a blog claiming he is a better footballer than Danny Simpson…

  • outsidethebox

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    toon andy @ 11 ………see @ 3 …got to be way foreward
    gutti isn,t a winger but has energy to get up and down from fb ..santon may be able to get some crosses in from right and benny in free role behind cisse ( with ba sharing role ) ..5 in midfield with tiote and anita as cover for fb,s …
    give it a go alan …

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Davy ur optimism is silly tbh i used to be the one fighting the neggers on here but u take it to a new level .

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #20

    Ha actually learn to read u idiot. I said better on the ball as i am a winger i really think i am simples

  • Offkey

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #21

    Our game lacked intensity yesterday, which it somewhat did against Tottenham and is something we suffered from last season at times. IMO, for us to compete with the likes of Chelsea the majority of our players have to be on top form, which a number seem not to be.

    However, I also remember the days when we couldn’t buy a win in London and 3 points from Tottenham (admittedly at home) and Chelsea, isn’t poor.

  • ochytoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #22

    NUFC 83
    And I said I doubt that’s true. Simpson isn’t the greatest player in the world and he doesn’t carry much of an attacking threat but he is usually defensively solid and he is accustomed to the league. Hence why I would prefer him over Debuchy who isn’t a great defender. It’s all well and good wanting really attacking fullbacks but a Debuchy/Ben Arfa combo would be tactical suicide. We’d be ripped apart by a lot of teams down that right hand side.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Agreed offkey good post tbh

  • pbNcl

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    I feel at home with positive lads who see the big picture, real supporters who support the club. I get a bit tetchy with others who can’t wait for a mistake of some sort to back up their negative outlook. Were one of the best sides in the country, and things haven’t been this good for a lot of years, so why can’t people jus be happy! I come across a lot of ”fans” who don’t deserve the accolade. Other teams will fear us this season, the manchester clubs and chelsea will batter most teams and we did well yesterday. Hats off to the boys

  • tjshawsey

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    I really think we need to change our system. The fact is Ben Arfa is our magic man, so we need to make use of that. I would also like to see us buy in a left footed LB, Santon was getting into so really good positions but his crossing with his left foot was poor. Here is the team I would like us to play:
    Santon Saylor Colo New LB
    Cabaye Tiote
    Jonas HBA Marveaux
    Ba or Cisse

    Also, whilst Jonas is decent to have defensively, I do feel we sometimes suffer when going forward with him.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #26

    lads andy carroll would cost what do you reckon 15mill maybe more been thinking southampton had a 11.8mil bid accepted for gaston ramirez why dont we just sign him instead deal for him to southampton has fell through now

  • nicktoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Can I remind the negative bloggers… How many times have we beaten Chelsea at the bridge? I remember we lost 5-0 under air bobby!!!

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #28

    Don’t make simmo to be the greatest defender he’s average at best. All i want is a player who can defend well enough to hold his own but offer something when in possession. Is that too much considering were a top 6 premiership club?

  • toonking

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #29

    although i would say simmo was the quietest of our defenders yesterday, he was certainly not the worst on the pitch cabaye anita and cisse all looked much worse.
    beside simmo can’t be blamed for ether goals as they were done from going through the centre rather than crossing the ball.

  • Toon1978

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #30

    People forget it took 82 million pounds worth of players to unlock our defence. And that was only Torres and Hazard. The referee was more inconsistent then any referee i have seen in years. He gave Chelsea free kick in and around our box time and time again. Ba was brought down in the same position on many occasions and we got absolutelynothing. The ref was the worst performer on the pitch lol followed by Torres who is a bigger whine then Bellamy and a cheating mong. Chelsea spent around 15 minutes rolling around the bloody floor in that match. That does not take away the fact that they are a very good team. We managed to keep up with them for the vast majority of the game considering to difference in monies spend. I think a bit more investment in the team is needed considering net spent is 3 million which is DAMN poor considering we should be pushing to the next level, not good enough really but the window has not shut and i do believe we will get in a striker and a full back and we also need a Centre back which has been a problem for quite some time. On a whole, we played well yesterday as we played against 12 men, Chelsea 11 and the ref. 🙂

  • ochytoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #31

    Deal between Southampton and Bologna hasn’t fallen through, Bologna are just playing hardball. I expect the deal to go through in the next few days as they don’t have a choice but to sell.

  • pbNcl

    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #32

    I’d take anybody over carroll. Any other striking option at all

  • ochytoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #33

    NUFC 83
    Well he’s better than a lot of other right backs in the EPL. He can’t be that bad.

  • Beattie25

    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #34

    We would only be ripped apart with a Benny Debuchy duo if we stuck to 4-4-2.

    If it was 4-5-1 the. We would be fine.

  • davybtoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #35

    ochytoon has agent ended talks bcoz they couldnt agree terms and pretty sure we can better what the saints will offer

  • davybtoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #36

    zaha palace started awful n long term target

  • davybtoon

    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #37

    what ever happens signings or no signings we have to move away from 442

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #38


    100% I would be hardcore p+ssed if Judas came back….dont rate him one bit plus insane wages and HEAVILY over priced its hideous….for his price, easily get Debauchery plus a good CB..

  • Soni cazan

    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Fair ratings.maybe cisse and cabaye down to 5 though.think we just need a few games get to the level were capable of.cisse only played on thursday and has only just stopped fasting so while he played badly we shouldn’t be too hard on him.come on lads it was chelsea away not reading at home.I don’t think we need a new striker as we have campbell who can really make an impact this season.if senegal qualify for acon then yeah we will but that’s only in january.a new fb is a must though.HWTL

  • mot7

    Aug 26, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #40

    that chesea team is a good side but if we had of had a real go at them i think we could have got a better result . BEN ARFA IS TOTALY WASTED on the right wing why ask him to defend i dont want to see him with the ball at right back then maybe another touch 10 mins later on the half way line


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