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Our Individual Player Ratings For Loss At Norwich

These are our individual player ratings for yesterday’s loss to Norwich City.

Martin Dubravka – 7

Martin was excellent in the first half with some crucial saves. Got his right hand on Pukki’s volley but could only parry it into the net for the first goal. He was completely exposed in the second half and was really let down by his the defense.

Matt Ritchie – 5

Worked really hard but had some terrible set pieces and deliveries. Did a decent job defensively on the left but played too deep, and when Newcastle countered he failed to offer enough going forward.

Paul Dummett – 5

Threw himself into a few challenges but was part of a defense that got ripped apart by Norwich. Was not at fault for any of the goals but was often exposed from attacks down his flank, especially in the first half. He seemed very slow to react to situations but was not helped by the other two central defenders, or Matt Ritchie at times.

Jamaal Lascelles – 4

Jamaal was very poor in this game and lacked the leadership that this team needed on the pitch. He had a poor clearance in the first half that Pukki volleyed in for Norwich’s goal. Was slow to react on the second and third goal. No excuse for strolling back after he and Schar were out to sea for Pukki’s third. It exposed Emil Krafth who did his best but was unable to prevent Pukki from scoring.

Fabian Schar – 5

Fabian had a poor game but did put in some good challenges. He and Lascelles are not communicating well at all. They are not playing like they have an understanding of each other. It’s like one of them is a new signing. Fabian had a decent chance at goal that forced Krul into a good save. Did not show enough awareness on the third goal and failed to mark Teemu Pukki throughout the game.

Emil Krafth – 6

It was a very tough debut for Krafth but really hard to judge him on. The defense around him was poor and Isaac Hayden often drifted right to limit Krafth going forward. He showed some of his technical ability and seems like he will be a solid signing. Could have done better on Pukki’s second and third goal but got no help from Lascelles on either. He showed emotion and seemed to really care about how the game was unfolding. We scored him a bit higher because we feel he was let down by his teammates.

Isaac Hayden – 6

Isaac again was one of Newcastle’s best players. However, he needed to do more in the center of the pitch where Newcastle were sorely lacking. He was often on the right wing where he was able to beat his man a few times and whip in crosses. However, that is not where Isaac should be playing. His ability to win the ball was missing as Norwich controlled the midfield. He still fought hard and has been Newcastle’s best player the past two games.

Ki Sung-yueng – 3

Ki was brought into the side for his experience but had a very poor game. He showed little grit in the midfield in a very sluggish performance. He may have suffered from not being involved much in pre-season. Had a few decent passes but did little before being replaced by Sean Longstaff.

Jonjo Shelvey – 5

Jonjo’s passing was decent but his commitment in the midfield was lacking. Norwich was able to frustrate him and that hindered his ability to make anything happen. He didn’t look to win the ball and failed to press the Norwich midfield effectively. Often just watched Norwich players as they had possession outside the box rather than track back to make a challenge. Took his goal very well.

Miguel Almiron – 4

Miguel was very poor as he failed to provide any support to Joelinton. He didn’t create any chances for himself or Joelinton. Ran around a lot but did very little to threaten Norwich. Joelinton’s poor hold-up play did not help Almiron in the slightest.

Joelinton – 5

Joelinton did not show the same hold-up ability that he displayed in glimpses at Arsenal. Had a poor first touch and the Norwich central defenders had no trouble getting the ball off him. Missed a very good chance with his early header that he failed to get on target. That being said, he had absolutely no support going forward. He did show some fight and tracked back well.

Yoshinori Muto – 4

Did nothing when he came on and had very few touches. The game was well over by the time he came on and the fight in his teammates was really lacking. There was no plan for Muto and he just drifted about but that was par for the course. He really can’t be judged on appearances like this when he comes on late in matches that are already lost.

Sean Longstaff – 7

Sean came on when the game was already lost but showed why he is going to be a Newcastle favorite. In retrospect, he was a big miss in the midfield. Showed the drive that was lacking all game. His crafty pass to Shelvey for the third goal was class.

59 comments so far

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #1


  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #2

    You’re all second so cut it out.

    Zele your orchestra isn’t working if the violin section is sold off and you draft in a banjo and a kazoo.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Stoopid “first” balloons 😀

  • Rob1971

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Well the Rafa haters will be pleased, the football is far better to watch, loads more attacking and possession, yes catchy we can see improvements already, Fat Sam will be offered the job again before Christmas at this rate

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #5

    Krafth was no way a 6, watching him off the ball at the game his positional sense was terrible, he was constantly beaten by pretty much anyone who wanted to go past him – just shows viewers get a total different perspective when marking players from the TV.
    He shouldn’t have started in place of Manquillo, Bruce should have let him come on from the bench and introduced the new players slowly instead of dumping them in it (inc: Linton) , they looked like rabbits in headlights

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Zele, we drew with Cardiff in our 2nd game and lost to Man City, Spurs etc but our defence looked pretty good and you can see we had a plan even if it wasn’t pretty to watch – with the same defence we look absolutely awful under Bruce

  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #7

    At some point there will have to be a mass boycott for Ashley to go.

    Right now his retail empire is crumbling. For me he’s well on the way to blowing his fortune as the high street is never coming back and he seems a one-trick pony when it comes to business and is stuck in the 90s early 00s.

    Not wanting to get political, but Brexit is going to hasten that decline and will be the final nail for the high street. If it doesn’t happen people like Mike Ashley will find it much more difficult to navigate the new anti-tax avoidance directive. Belgium is already on his case.

    Either way he is in trouble.

    I’m sure he’d wish for Newcastle fans to not give him any more problems than those he currently has to contend with.

    Boycott. Make that the story of every home match, the primary topic of conversation when discussing Newcastle and when Sky cameras roll up. It will make journalists and regular people dig deepr for the story if it is a persistent boycott.

    There will be bits on Mike Ashley and his business practices at Sports Direct. As weeks go on there will be deeper features pre-match on what has happened. Commentators will have to note “St James Park is nearly half empty because of their owner Mike Ashley and their issues with his running of the club.”. Negative PR when he least wants it.

    We are more powerful than we think. Just because it isn’t a simple, quick and easy cause > effect doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing.

    It’s best to do it now, this season whilst in the PL. Be pro-active, not reactive to our inevitable relegation.

    You can either have relegation this season and make a real fist of getting Ashley out or you can have relegation and then get all upset and be back discussing this in 10 months time.

    People not prepared to boycott are essentially the children who would’ve failed the marshmallow test. Only worse, the first marshmallow is actually a clump of Ashley’s shite and the 2 promised marshmallows are actual mallows, yet some still eat Ashley’s shite for short-term gratification.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #8

    and you’re analogy of the orchestra is way off, if you need new members you give them the same score sheet and ensure they know it – Bruce should be hammering home where he wants players rather than standing with his arms folded looking exasperated.

  • ArtyH

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Well IMHO this whole sorry issue is unfolding just as many had thought. The organisation of the team last season despite the poor start was there for all to see, and ” the small margins ” were just that as opposed to the hugh gulf suggested by the coach! I just wonder what Rafa could have done with those in the squad now, sadly we will never know!
    This sharad will not get any better as the team do not have a coach who is good enough to have a plan which will beat the opposition. Harping on about Rafa again I wonder what will be the biggest margin we will get humped by this season, this is something even the die hard Rafa haters cannot criticize him about, we may have been beaten but NEVER humped or humiliated!

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #10


    People possibly went last season as Rafa was the only thing giving the club any credibility with some kind of plan till the fat man blew it to hell, letting Rafa, Rondon and Perez leave and backing the worst coach we could get with money for totally unsuitable flakey players, but hell Ash and Charnley know better than Rafa.

    Its sad to see you calling people prats and telling them to wind their necks in when it’s people like you who will keep us just where ashley wants us.

    This from Trent was absolutely spot on but you just gave him abuse.

    ”Going to the match now is tacit approval and a selfish short term decision in my eyes and I don’t care how loyal/long term a supporter you’ve been. It’s now that misplaced loyalty he is, quite literally, trading on.”

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #11

    hahahahaha actually laughing my arse off with BobbyBee. His outburst has made me smile even if it was total nonsense.

    Oh and by the way, just to prove how nonsense his statement of “more experience does equal more knowledge” is.

    Steve Bruce has more experience in the game of football management than Pep Guardiorla, supposed that makes him more knowledgable than him hahahahaha.

  • jane

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #12

    “His crafty pass to Shelvey for the third goal was class.”

    the first two goals weren’t memorable.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #13

    Looking forward to seeing BobbyBee again another time, I’m gonna challenge him to show me a list of reasons as to why he loves Newcastle United more than me.

    Looking forward to him telling me that it’s because he has turned up for half a century. Bloody hell, I know couples that have been married for 50 years that don’t love each other.

  • cockneymafiaout

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #14

    @Rotona Heights

    Pointless talking to him, he thinks age and a foul mouth makes him cleverer than us.

  • Trent1211

    Aug 18, 2019 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Cheers Rotonda.

  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #16

    My my my
    My Rotona

  • lochinvar

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #17

    You forgot to score the Head Coach.
    Is it sensitive classified information on a need to know basis ?

    I don’t need to know by the way, as counting was never my strong point.

  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #18


    I don’t need to know by the way, as blogging was never my strong point.

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Hiya JIB

    How many of your alts are pro Jabba to ?

  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #20

    We should take heart from Pukki’s display yesterday
    Like Gayle at NUFC the Finn was slated pre-season
    by Canaries fans who thought he would never make
    the step up from being a high scoring Championship

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #21


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

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #22


    How many seasons has Gayle played in the prem ?

    He can’t cut it as we have seen at s few teams

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #23

    Gayle is a better bet than Muto.

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeh I’d agree

    Right now I doubt any striker would do well in our team

  • Wimbletoon

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Zele, from previous:

    “Perhaps Brucie has to throw away the Benitez template and create his own. And quickly.”

    He’s not using the Benitez template though. He’s already tinkered with it and his version hasn’t worked over the last couple of games. Playing the three man midfield doesn’t seem very effective for starters.

    I don’t think Bruce has any previously successful ‘Bruce templates’ that he can fall back on either.

    Perhaps he should look back at some of our matches from last year and see if he can simply copy EXACTLY how we played back then. He could ask the players but then he’d be admitting to them he categorically doesn’t have a clue.

  • toon22

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #26

    The truth is that he actually don’t have a clue

  • Zele

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #27

    I broadly agree with Neil’s assessment and scores.

    The TV commentator kept repeating that we lacked effort and commitment which became so self evident when Longstaff came on.

    Ki and Shelvey just strolled around whilsy Hayden who played well spent far too much time on the right wing which I presume is what he was told to do.

    Hayden and Longstaff have to start together in midfield. They will provide the energy and commitment so lacking on Saturday.

    Not sure about Krafth. I agree with what someone else has said that he should have been eased in especially as there was nothing wrong with Manquillo.

    I wonder if we will see a different lineup and different tactics against Spurs ?

  • theartfuldodger

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #28

    We can continue this debate on boycott vs no boycott when we are in the championship or lower even…We will have interesting view points then…

  • Zele

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #29


    I agree about a three man midfield not working.

    Is it the formation or is it the individuals ?

    To me, Shelvey is a luxury. He doesn’t appear to put the effort and commitment into the game unlike Longstaff and Hayden. Ki looks lost.

    If Longstaff and Hayden have to have a partner it would be Almiron. He has the trickery and pace to compliment the attributes of the other two and allow Joelinton to have a partner up front.

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2019 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #30

    Zele don’t hold your breath on the tactics !!!!!

    Bruce’s very own word’s ” I don’t do tactics”

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #31


    How are you still on yellow?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #32


    No one in their right mind would pay to watch that, good job season tickets are structured in Ashleys favour…

  • hibbit

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #33


    I think the players have learned very quickly how inadequate Bruce’s coaching/tactic capabilities are compared to the rest of the Prem and Rafa

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #34


    Take heart or take the piss?

    Have you moved from a spoon to a paddle?

  • NezzaNUFC

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #35


    Bit late for that isn’t it, had months of preparations and nowt happened.

    Let me guess, Mike and Lee have rubbed of on yous when it comes to organizing?

    Fans…sorry sheeps… have made it clear they want Mike and Lee at Newcastle as the attendance will prove this!

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #36

    The best thing Ashley could do now is sack Bruce and replace him with Catchy and Bladey.

    Might aswell have a laugh if we’re going to be a joke club.

  • bill

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Sad but probably true.

  • Reilly

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #38

    channel5 at 8pm tonight.

  • NezzaNUFC

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #39

    Oh and for the pundits, media and other Rafa haters, I would like to add that Rafa had a very weakened squad compare to now at the start of the season and given how much?

    And the fact we didn’t win until Novemeber the real evidence showed we were a solid and organized unit and were hard to break down, ask any other club manager.

    You know what though I’m dreading when traitor Bruce gets his first win (ha) because I guarantee all the Brucey besties would gloat and compare him to Rafa lol

    Remember though Traitor Bruce got a 40 million striker, Rafa got Joselu!?

  • jimiley

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #40

    Form is temporary but class is permanent.
    Big Joe and Miggy are two natural goalscorers who are capable of getting 40 league goals between them.
    Miggy is also a world class midfielder.
    It will take a few games for them to bed in but do not bet against us finishing 9th.
    Its just a blip at the moment.


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