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Here’s Our Individual Player Ratings For Fulham Game Yesterday

We will be rating each player in every game from now on starting next season, and we will still run the Man of the Match poll – also called “Who Was Our Best Player” when we don’t win the game.

Here are my ratings for the terrific win yesterday at Craven Cottage where the lads did us proud with a very good performance and all 3 points to end the season on a high.

Fabian Schar – heads home Newcastle’s 3rd goal after 61 minutes

Martin Dubravka (8) – Handled everything well and saved both shots on target. Another clean sheet for the Slovakian. Has settled well since his string of mistakes earlier this year. A top class keeper.

Isaac Hayden (8) – Filled in at right wing-back without any trouble at all. Connected on 12 passes and handled his defensive duties well. Joe Bryan and Ryan Sessegnon were very active on the left for Fulham, but Hayden remained very composed. Well deserved ovation when he was substituted.

Fabian Schar (10) – Another top class performance from Schar. His header in the 61st minute was superb. Made 48 passes with 77% accuracy including two key passes. He was very solid defensively as well as when he was on the ball. Led the team with 70 touches and we just love to watch him play.

Jamaal Lascelles (8) – The captain handled Mitro well in a bounce back from the Liverpool game. Cleared the ball a lot and plays best when he doesn’t try to emulate Schar with his passing. A great captain who we think will come back and be better next year.

Paul Dummett (7) – An energetic display from the Geordie who has filled in excellently for Florian LeJeune. The competition at the back is doing wonders for our defense. Filled in well at right-back when Hayden went off.

Matt Ritchie (9) – Another fully committed performance by Ritchie. He knows nothing else. Posed a big threat down the left and contributed two assists. Also landed a flurry of jabs on Schar after his goal?

Jonjo Shelvey (9) – Started off the scoring with a lovely half-volley from just inside the box. Looked like the Shelvey from last season. Adds another dimension to the side with his vision and passing accuracy.

Mo Diame (5) – 5 may be a bit harsh but in such a wonderful team performance he was a bit of a passenger. Especially when you consider that Fulham dominated possession, we would have expected to see him pressure Fulham more. He’not the same player as last year in what was most likely his final game.

Ayoze Perez (7) – Ayoze closes the season out with another goal. His movement was excellent as he provided options for Shelvey and works so well with Rondon. Perez has been world class since Almiron joined. A new contract for Ayoze should be a priority this summer to keep him at the club. If he can start next season in this form then watch out.

Christian Atsu (7) – Another solid performance from the Ghanaian who has played since Almiron’s injury. Ran his socks off and linked up well with Ritchie.

Salomon Rondon (7) – A nice goal for Rondon in what we hope is not his final appearance. His game is so well suited for this counter-attacking system. Really need to get him back for next year. He is a top class professional and would be a wonderful mentor to someone like Tammy Abraham.

Yoshinori Muto (6) – Muto was pretty quiet and really needs to get settled for next season. He doesn’t seem to be getting into the game when he comes on. Still playing like a new signing who is getting to know his teammates. That may be due to his time away from the club.

Federico Fernandez (8) – Came in to replace Dummett when he moved to right back and you couldn’t tell the difference. It has been hard luck on Federico this season with the emergence of Schar, Until November he was outstanding from the start the season.

Kenedy (7) – The Brazilian was only on for the final ten minutes but still managed 12 touches and completed all six of his passes. The game was over by the time he came on but it was really nice to see his celebration when Rondon scored. All the best to Kenedy.

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44 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    May 13, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #2

    Was anyone else surprised when we didn’t sing “we want you to stay” to Hayden as he went off? I can’t help but feel that’s why Rafa took him off early.

  • Ozzy

    May 13, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #3

    No Miggy in the poll o_o
    I voted for Rondon, because of the impact he was making in the attack almost every game, even when he was not scoring or providing assists.
    I think Schar was an important player for us and had he played more games this season he could have made even more impact and would have challenged Rondon for the player of the season title.

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 13, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #4

    For me players who want to leave shoups always be allowed too once a price is agreed on.

    No point singing for him to stay if he wants to leave for family reasons. Imho.

  • AncientC

    May 13, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #5

    I enjoyed reading the article about player ratings; hopefully it will become a regular feature on the blog next season.

  • Ron Knee

    May 13, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #6
  • DubaiMicky

    May 13, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #7

    11th best in the TV money stakes, Liverpool were top with 150 or so followed by Citeh

    Newcastle United – 117.1m
    TV money: 22.3m
    Place money: 15.4m (1.9m per place if my maths is correct)
    Equal share: 79.4m

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 13, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Welcome Neil, I’m sure it was my baiting the other night that brought you to comment and interact. Don’t pretend you don’t remember 😉

    There’s only two rules that I’m sure Ed has passed on to you, just in case, here they are:

    Rule 1: That’s jib, we leave him in the corner.
    Rule 2: Rule 1.


  • ronaldo aarons

    May 13, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m a bit late to the discussion over hughton but it’s passed, pretty much all has been said. Up Wagner was a different scenario and by all accounts it was him that decided he needed to go citing a break was needed. His job at Huddersfield cannot be understanded, look where he brought them from and where they ended up. Could argue being top half of championship was punching above their weight. I think he’s at Schalke for the new season now so will be interested to see how he gets on.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 13, 2019 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Irish rob
    Hayden did get a ‘there’s only one Issac Hayden’ chant.

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 13, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #11

    If Rafa Goes We Go
    Net Spend since June 2016 (£).

    Man City: 343m
    Man Utd: 310m
    Chelsea: 203m
    Everton: 160m
    Arsenal: 148m
    Brighton: 130m
    Wolves: 124m
    West Ham: 112m
    Bourn: 104m
    Fulham: 101m
    Palace: 85m
    Hudd: 81m
    Leic: 76m
    Liverpool: 73m
    Burnley: 49m
    Watford: 41m
    Spurs: 31m
    #NUFC: 4m
    Soton: -10m

  • Jib

    May 13, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #12

    Good link Ron

  • ronaldo aarons

    May 13, 2019 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #13

    #NUFC Under-23 team to face
    Harker, Sterry, Walters, Bailey (c), Cass, Watts, Allan, M. Longstaff, Sørensen, Sangare, Longelo.
    Substitutes: Gibson, Huuhtanen, Roberts, Charman, Touré.

    Kicked off half an hour ago.

  • Jib

    May 13, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Embarrasing surname

  • Ron Knee

    May 13, 2019 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Unlucky there.

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2019 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #16

    Excellent thread topic Neil you might just get the job ha ha should provide a lot of talking points post-match. Particularly like the balanced slant on stats.

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #17

    Charlie, have a word, player ratings are your job.

    What’s next, a match-day countdown and exhortations to attack, Toon, attack, attack?



    Seriously, though, I’m liking the different writing styles, new ideas for articles and more regular releases and I did enjoy the player ratings article.

    I think Neil and Ed make a great team

  • Ron Knee

    May 13, 2019 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Losing 1-0.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 13, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Well said ronaldo @11. That puts it in perspective doesn’t it? Shocking. I would also like to hand oot some kudos as well though. A big one to Tsunki for coming to the last Honey Badger meeting turned out in his honey badger body sock. Tremendous. Trim the claws a bit though. Very hard on the hardwood floors. Harrumph….And also Tsunki pay those club dues please. Another massive congrats to Anthony Carrigan as Novo Hank on Barry. Just a tremendous job as the Chechnyan crime boss.

  • Mag :P

    May 13, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Poor keeping from Harker.

    Huge difference in quality to the Premier league.

    Only one who looks capable of stepping up is longstaff.

  • GeordieTwo

    May 13, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Welcome Neil by the way. We do appreciate your input here on the blog. As Official Blog Hobbit I want to say we’re all about giving people a chance. But if you go off the tracks we’ll tear you a new one mate! Just joking, you’re one of the family. A bit fluffy on the player ratings though. It’s tough love on here. We don’t just hand oot 9’s and 10’s all willy nilly! Harrumph!!!

  • Pain in the Blog

    May 13, 2019 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Haven’t been able to post today until now so I’ll add my thanks to Neil and to Ed for ensuring the continuance of our blog. Your efforts are much appreciated by us all.

  • Mag52

    May 13, 2019 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Did anyone else notice Ashley, Charnley and possibly Bishop, on their way from their seats to the dressing room after the match, walked the long way around almost three quarters of the pitch to get to see the players, instead of taking the far shorter route which would have meant that they passed in front of the Toon supporters ?
    Says it all really doesn’t it.

  • Mag52

    May 13, 2019 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Looks like we’re getting two Harrisons for the price of one now. Great stuff. Keep up the good work Ed and Neil.

  • Jib

    May 13, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Of course you being a rough tough Geordie would have
    just taken the abuse on the chin
    Pulled a few of the loudest out of the mob – headbutted
    them unconscious and disdainfully thrown them back
    Yeah right

  • GeordieTwo

    May 13, 2019 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Lots of optimistic words from Rafa but little or nothing from AshHole. What else is new? Come on Ashley pull the finger oot and get on with it! Do something useful to the club for once. Give Rafa the reigns of power when it comes to incoming. You still control the overall budget but otherwise get out of the way! It won’t get any better than this. Don’t force the only decent manager we’ve had under you out of the club.

  • Jib

    May 13, 2019 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Reins of power

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 13, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Id have just looked for you jib.

    A cross dressing mackem would be easy to spot.

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #29

    oops, 2-0 down

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 13, 2019 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Merit marks – cheers
    Did not see yesterday’s game
    Listened to it on BBC Newcastle
    My player of the season Ritchie
    Gets some stick but he never gives up urges the players on when heads are dropping and became a revelation when switched to half back
    Had far to much to do when in front of Yedlin – Yedlin falls asleep forgets to defend and Ritchie had to cover.

  • RobLeenio

    May 13, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #31

    GET IN 2-1 10 minutes to go

  • toon22

    May 13, 2019 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Who do you think they will pretend to sell us next time ?

  • Mag52

    May 13, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #33


    I think the point I’m making at #23 is that the relationship between owner and fans shouldn’t be one of such antagonism as exists between Ashley and the supporters and I’m afraid the fault lies entirely with the owner.

  • martoon

    May 13, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Charlie I’m with you – I voted for Ritchie too – always gives 100% and even when he’s not having the best of games he never stops trying and cajoling (and sometimes slapping) others.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    May 13, 2019 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #35

    Ritchie – maybe make a good captain

  • beermonkey

    May 13, 2019 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #36


    are thinking stripping lacshelles of the armband in favour of ritchie or in general he would make a good capt

    i wouldnt strip lacshelles but ritchie is bit of a leader isnt he capt if there is no laschelles

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 13, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Been away for a few days and 1st chance to login.

    Neil good to see you taking up some of the workload from Ed (dad) there’d be a lot of sad Toon fans if the blog wasn’t able to continue. let’s hope it does so for many more years and that Ed and us are able to see good times for the Toon in these coming years.

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2019 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #38

    Beermonkey you need to stay off the stuff if you’re ever going to pronounce “Lascelles” correctly 😀

  • beermonkey

    May 13, 2019 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #39


    pronouncing it is fine spelling it well thats to much for me

  • Tsunki

    May 13, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #40

    Mag52 you have to excuse jib he gets very emotional and almost teary eyed when he thinks of how those nasty Mags have made Michaels life an unwarranted misery. Personally I think it’s very thoughtful of them to make him and Charnley walk the long way round especially if it involves lots of flights of stairs – good exercise to counteract Lee’s custom of jamming his head in a giant marshmallow bag and Mike’s juggling of steak bakes and pints of bitter.


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