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Our Player Ratings In Defeat Against Arsenal

These are our player ratings for today’s 0-1 loss against Arsenal.

Martin Dubravka – 6

  • Not much to do today but made a superb save against Aubameyang in the first half.  Could do nothing about the only goal.  Distribution was a little lacking at times but played it safe rather than tempting trouble.

Matt Ritchie – 7

  • Matt played very well today on the left in a customary committed performance.  Had to be pushed into midfield when Shelvey was taken off but still was decent there.  Passed a late fitness test but was still able to last the entire game.

Paul Dummett – 6

  • We thought Paul looked very good on the left side of a back 3.  He was very good in defense and his commitment to the cause can never be questioned.  His poor pass to Willems led to the goal so that has knocked his rating a bit.  However, we like Dummett in the position he played today.

Jamaal Lascelles – 6

  • Was caught out for the lone goal but played decently other than that.  Strong in the air and helped limit Arsenal chances but questions will be asked about the goal.

Fabian Schar – 6

  • Fabian was decent defensively and dealt with the Arsenal attackers very well.  Didn’t display too much of his ball-playing skills today though with three in midfield, he wasn’t asked too.

Javier Manquillo – 6

  • Javier was ok but really did not take full advantage of what will likely be a run in the team with Yedlin out injured and Emil Krafth having just joined.  He was  good going forward and decent defensively but was hoping for more after a stellar pre-season.

Sean Longstaff – 6

  • Not the best performance in a Newcastle shirt but he will get better.  Seemed to be stifled a bit by Shelvey’s presence and did not play with the same self-assurance he showed last season.  This was to be expected in his first competitive fixture back from injury.  This run out will do him the world of good.

Isaac Hayden – 7

  • We thought Hayden was excellent and played all over the pitch.  Started out in central midfield before drifting to right back where he made a crucial tackle and then interception near the end of the first half.  Came on in the second half and played higher up behind the two strikers before it all went strange with the substitutions.  Was better in first half but one of our top performers today.

Jonjo Shelvey – 6

  • His substitution due to a minor injury changed the game as there was no natural replacement.  He played decently but his lack of pace was very evident especially when he lost the ball.  Also his presence seemed to cause problems for Sean Longstaff.  Bruce will have to figure how to get the best out of Shelvey and Longstaff when they play together.

Miguel Almiron – 6

  • Was excellent in the first twenty minutes before receiving a yellow card for diving.  After that he became a bit of a passenger as Arsenal grew into the game..  Moved deeper into midfield after Longstaff came off for Saint-Maximin.  Really didn’t show too much in a deeper position but by that time Newcastle were struggling to get back into the game.

Joelinton – 6

  • Had some good chances early but couldn’t finish them.  Put in a committed performance and tracked back, though maybe a little too much.  He showed the type of player he is and should have solid first season.  Could do really well as a second striker behind Andy Carroll.   Not much service in the second half but he still worked very hard.

Jetro Willems – 5

  • Did not react quickly enough to Dummett’s poor pass for the goal but had a disorienting introduction into the midfield just prior to that.  Not much to go on here as the team was very disjointed after Shelvey and Longstaff were brought off.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 7

  • Showed flashes of brilliance but drifted wide too often, though he was trying to make something happen.  Had a lethal cross from the right moments after his introduction.  Very quick off the mark and would suit a more direct system.  He is certainly a maverick and Bruce will have to figure how to best channel his mercurial tendencies.

25 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Or anyone else who went to game today ?

    Hail – were you at the game today? how was the atmosphere live? ( sounded pretty poor on Sky , almost as if they only had microphones near the Arsenal fans)

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #2

    A mediocre coach managing a group of average players: what could go wrong?

  • IrishRob

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Chelsea are so bad, I was tipping them for 4th this season. Not a hope even after just one match.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t care where Chelsea finish

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Did anyone on here go to the game – surely jane / hail / baloney / jib can answer my question…

    how was the atmosphere in the ground? ( sounded very poor on Sky , almost as if they only had microphones near the Arsenal fans)

  • jane

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    why me?

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #7

    So we’re 14th.

  • jane

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #8

    maybe they stayed away because of the rain 😉

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #9

    jane – I presume because you were so anti-boycott that you would actually attend games

  • Mund

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #10


    The atmosphere was very quiet and poor we got out sang by the Arsenal’s fans the whole game

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Not sure what people expected, but some seem to think we could have got more from the game. I think we all expected a loss, some by a far bigger margin.

    Our attack isn’t used to playing together and will get better as they become more comfortable. Our defence was as solid as last season so we have that to rely on, it seems.

    Lobby and Shelvey missed a lot of games back end of last season so weren’t going to be at their best either, they will both improve.

    Arsenal were missing key players, so they were always going to find it tough to break us down too and they did.

    It was always going to be tight and it was. Goal difference may well be important again at the end of this season and we’ve done ourselves no harm on that score.

    The true Geordie heroes today were those soggy lads and lasses who marched from Northumberland Street to the ground only to not go in. What dedication and sacrifice from them all. Proud of you guys on here who took part, and the group as a whole.

    Hope you managed to find a nice dry bar with a good big screen to agonise in front of. You deserved a couple drinks after that.

  • jane

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #12

    think you must be confusing me with someone else!

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #13

    I can understand Jib not going as he was most likely having Sunday lunch with Donald Trump negotiating a discount for his dodgy tv box

  • check the toastie

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Hope we finish 14th. Wish we had Jose

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Mund – Thanks for answering, not good if the fans who go don’t get behind the team (albeit there wasn’t much to shout about with today’s performance )

  • Paully

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Mindshaft, the crowd were very subdued, players names being called out and crowd almost silent, Strawberry corner tried to get things going but it just wasn’t happening, Arsenal pretty loud after their winner. Lots of frustrated shouting (At least in East stand).

    Things are going to get toxic very quickly, the players are going to become very disillusioned very quickly judging by todays performance.

    I’m willing to give Bruce a chance, In fact I want him to do well but history dictates It isn’t gonna happen.

    You got your wish Munster, you and your ilk, hounding out the only positive NUFC had since Sir Bobby… It’s time to reap your wishes. (Cue I wanted him here blah blah bullshit blah)

  • posada

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #17

    The boycott brigade get lots of support and hearts on here.
    Yet 47600 still attend.
    On an awful day when the game is live on TV.

    Seems there are two worlds. The blog/twitter world.
    The real world.

  • Mund

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #18

    I think even the fans who went still feel the same about the Ashley and everything that’s gone and still feel hurt I know I do

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #19


    To lose 1-0 to a full-strength Arsenal would be understandable but to fail to take a point off that team today was woeful.

  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Without Rafa, these players could soon loose their discipline and motivation as games go by….

    And how many mistakes did Bruce make:
    Playing players who are not 100%..
    No midfielders on the bench..
    Willems dint know his position..
    and more..

    Will see in a few games how well Bruce can drill these players…specially the new ones…

    Also, if the idea was to play 3 in central midfield, then why do we have only Ki as backup?

  • posada

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Joelinton – has some qualities. Not a natural finisher and his shot does not seem that strong.
    St Max – again exciting at times, but what is he. A winger, a support striker. Can’t see where he fits in.
    This looks like 2015 all over again. Players brought in as they fit the profile on age, wage and price.
    No thought to how they will actually form a team.

    Who is the director of football at NUFC. Who decides on these targets.
    Complete mystery.

  • c-dog

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #22

    worst arsenal team ever fielded in EPL

  • posada

    Aug 11, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #23

    This morning I was walking the dog. My neighbour said of Bruce he has no plan b.
    Well, exactly. Started well but then he had to think on his feet in a dynamic situation.
    Not good the result.
    Willens didnt know where to go. ditto for Ritchie.

  • Trent1211

    Aug 11, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Posada @21 That’s precisely the point isn’t it. Rafa was building a team and only wanted individuals who fit the team. Now we have assets. Playing stock we want to hold temporarily then trade for profit. Players handed to the manager, whatever he says. The club is a shop. A giant retail unit. It’s primary function is not sporting success. Blind or stupid to continue ti support it once Rafa went and until Ashley goes.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 11, 2019 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Here’s how I see the season unfolding, by Christmas we will be in the shite, maybe not relegation fodder but close.

    The Bruce Banner experiment has gone wrong and he’s turned into the Incredible Sulk.

    Ashley will be shitting his pants realizing he made a huge mistake like every fan, commentator and news people have told him before the start of the season.

    He will convince Jose to come to the club and give him money he needs to save us, Jose will do this and become the new messiah of Newcastle United.

    Honestly and sorry if people don’t like this but I would prefer Jose over Bruce any damn day of the week.


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