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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

  • c-dog

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #41

    Honest and accurate ratings

  • Jib

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #42

    The secret of irony

  • jimiley

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #43

    I take it that you do not agree?

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #44

    I take it Bills son and Munster are too busy to tell everyone they’re negative and doom sayers…

    Just when I needed reassurance they’re no where to be seen.

  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Aug 18, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #45

    Joelinto on a 6 and Muto on 4 should be the other way around. To get a 4 you need to have performed badly. Muto came on and buzzed around to no great effect. Joelinton was poor in every aspect, mainly because he’s actually a RWF and not a Rondon as Steve seems to be trying to use him.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #46

    The trouble is that Bruce has never seen Linton play before, he was already bought when he signed the contract , maybe Charnley told him he was a striker, reminds me of of the time somebody asked Rafa about Muto and he replied I think he’s a striker …

  • jane

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #47

    orange if we are in the bottom 3 after Spurs.

  • The mighty wyn

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #48

    Jane you may as well change now. We’re in the bottom 3. Can’t see spurs away changing anything

  • Wimbletoon

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #49


    Totally agree with you about starting with Hayden and Longstaff. That was one of the biggest (and lucky to be fair) finds for Benitez last January, just how well those two played together in central midfield.

    I’ve not watched the last two games so I’m relying on comments on here mostly, so I can’t answer definitively whether the three man midfield isn’t working due to formation or personnel, but it just seems all evidence is against us using a three man midfield. i.e. we don’t have the midfield squad depth for it, and we don’t have the players in the rest of the positions to work with this approach either.

    Shelvey also hasn’t done a great deal, at least not consistently, for quite a while. Did he string any decent form together for any of last season? Can’t have helped that he didn’t play many games.


    Another thing about Bruce I don’t think he’s been slated for enough as yet… he said after the Arsenal game that soon after Jetro went on, he realised as it was his debut, it wasn’t really fair to play him out of position in midfield and he should really be playing him at LWB.

    OK… yet separately when asked why he didn’t have any other midfielders on the bench, Bruce had explained that he’d planned on Jetro providing midfield cover as he’d played there for PSV or Frankfurt (can’t remember which). He didn’t have any other midfielders on the bench because Jetro can play there.

    So before the match in his planning he thought Jetro was fine to play midfield. During the match we have midfield issues and he still thinks Jetro should play midfield so he sends him on in midfield. A minute later (out of the blue?), he suddenly decides it’s not fair to play Jetro in midfield on his debut and switches Jetro and Ritchie around.

    WTF?! He’d had plenty of time to prepare and plan for the match, he’d planned his team, he’d planned his bench and his subs, and throughout all of that he had concluded Jetro would come on in midfield if one of the three midfielders came off. So why did he only consider it’s Jetro’s debut and consequently not fair to play him there, a minute AFTER he’s come onto the pitch?

    The answer is clearly incompetence. There simply can’t be any other explanation.



    I wondered if you were being serious too:

    “Big Joe and Miggy are two natural goalscorers who are capable of getting 40 league goals between them.”

    I definitely don’t agree. Joelinton will hopefully develop into a goalscorer but nothing about the last two games or his last couple of seasons suggests he’s a natural goalscorer. Miggy hasn’t scored for us as yet in 14 appearances (?).

    Hopefully they can both develop into regular scorers, and it would be great if it happened within a few games, but I don’t think there’s any evidence at all that suggests it’ll happen within a few games, not least given SB’s inability to plan or prepare his team or tactics, let alone these two developing any understanding or getting the confidence to score some goals.

    Less likely still when considering our upcoming fixtures.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #50

    The Mighty Wyn…

    It’s gonna massively change the goal difference!

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #51

    OP, I posted on here earlier, so did billson I think. It was pretty negative. Mind you I was very down after arsenal, particularly about jolinton, so it doesn’t surprise me that he was crap. Looks like another Kenedy.

  • The mighty wyn

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #52

    That’s very likely true lascelles !

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #53

    I’m really not looking forward to Spurs next weekend

  • Genjikai

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #54

    Do yous read different bloggers posts in different voices in your head?

  • Pain in the Blog

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #55

    The test match was by far the best sport that I have watched all week.

  • c-dog

    Aug 18, 2019 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #56


    I don’t think any real fan is looking forward to our matches with this squad under this this manager who serve the current owner

  • bill

    Aug 18, 2019 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #57

    More like a Sports Direct advert this programme. So far.

  • toonbrother

    Aug 18, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #58

    blaming lascelles for the first goal is just sick.
    no other words to describe it

  • toonbrother

    Aug 18, 2019 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #59

    lol you let kraft off the hook for the three goals all of which went through the right channel
    you let schar off the hook for the goals even though he is the right sided centre half
    but you single lascelles out for criticism?
    some of you are truly deranged


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