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Our Individual Player Ratings For Triumph At Tottenham

Here are our individual player ratings for the win at Tottenham on Sunday.

Martin Dubravka – 7

  • Excellent save to deny Son in first half.  Had to keep concentration as Tottenham were on the front foot for much of the game.  Defense in front of him were solid as ever, but Martin has again made the saves needed to keep Newcastle in games like these.

Matt Ritchie – 8

  • Typical Matt Ritchie display.  Never stopped running and was committed defensively.  Passed the ball very well.  Delivery was improved and he was able to get off 9 crosses in total.   His runs had to be accounted for on the left flank which helped open up some other areas of the pitch.  This was missing from the first two games of the season.   Will be interesting to see how Newcastle proceed with Jetro Willems.  In a 5-4-1, Ritchie and Willems could be deployed together on the left flank with either one in front of the other.

Paul Dummett – 9

  • Man of the Match performance from the local lad.  He handled everything that Spurs threw at him.  Crucial clearances, tackles, and interceptions.  One of  the top defensive performances of the year thus far in the league.  It was total commitment and focus from Paul yesterday as he put in a performance of a lifetime.

Jamaal Lascelles – 8

  • An excellent reaction from our captain after Norwich.  Had a number of crucial clearances and  interceptions.   The team kept their shape and Jamaal, in the heart of the defense, had a lot to do with that.  Left early with a calf problem after a stumble in the box.  His leadership is so important to this team.

Fabian Schar – 8

  • Cool, calm, and collected was Fabian Schar yesterday.  What a block on Son in the box when it looked like he was through on Dubravka.  None of the marauding runs from the back but that showed his discipline as keeping the defensive shape was paramount yesterday.  He is such an intelligent player who really suits playing in a back three.

Emil Krafth – 7

  • Was much better than his debut as he was very solid at right-back.  Made quite a few clearances and tucked inside nicely when needed.  Had to contend with Danny Rose and it looked like he would be a problem early on, but Emil adjusted very well.  Linked up well on the right when team was in possession. Had two very poor clearances in the box that could have caused Newcastle issues but recovered decently.  Looks to be a very solid player, and if he improves on this performance, could be quite a good addition to the squad.

Isaac Hayden – 7

  • Another committed performance from Isaac in the center of the pitch.  Did the dirty work that allowed for some of the more heralded performances of his teammates.   Had some fantastic tackles and was composed when under threat from Spurs.  Was like a shield in front of the back three.

Sean Longstaff – 7

  • Grew into the game very well.  Had a few misplaced passes on his first few touches but it didn’t affect him.  He was involved in everything all game long.  Had a wonderful surge into the box early and his subsequent shot forced Lloris into a great save.  Harassed the Spurs midfield and never stopped moving. Plays above his experience level which bodes very well for the future.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 6

  • Should not have started with his recent hamstring issue.  His burst down the left at the ten minute mark showed his explosive ability but that run also did his hamstring in.  Tried really hard to continue but after a defensive lapse had Dummett and Ritchie barking at him, he realized he couldn’t.  Devastated to come off but was all smiles with Steve Bruce after the whistle blew.  Has shown none of the selfish reputation he arrived with so far.  Hopefully, he can return to action soon.

Miguel Almiron – 8

  • When the opening whistle blows, the best word to describe our Paraguayan is ‘unleashed’.  Ran around like a player possessed.  Also was very vocal as his distinctive cries echoed throughout the game.  Was all over the pitch and started some attacks with his burst of pace.  Had a great opportunity to get off the mark late in the game, but the shot sailed high.  When he gets his first goal, watch out.  Also made some excellent blocks defensively.  A pain in the backside to the opposition as well when defending.

Joelinton – 9

  • Took his goal extremely well.  Remained composed as he had acres of space and loads time in the box to slot the ball in.  However, it was his hold-up play that was most impressive.  He dropped deep when necessary and found teammates running into space.  He was astute off the ball as he ran into channels expertly.  Defensive contribution was fantastic as well.  Had two headed clearances on corners early in the match.  Just an all around excellent performance from our number 9.  Exactly what he needed and will do his confidence the world of good.

Christian Atsu – 8

  • Made an immediate impact when he came on.  One of the best performances we have seen from the Ghanaian.  However, he needs to do this consistently.  Just came back from injury but picked up where he finished last season when he played well in Almiron’s absence.  Was direct when with the ball and defensively committed when out of possession.  His assist to Joelinton was magical.  First touch let him down a few times, but he should be pushing for a place after this performance.

Yoshinori Muto – 7

  • Not enough time to make an impact but was almost through before being dragged down by Spurs defender late in the game.  Showed tenacity in that instance as he fought like mad to break away.  Deserves a special mention for that.

Federico Fernandez – 7

  • Came on for the injured skipper and the team did not miss  a beat.  Slotted in very well during a time the lads were under immense pressure.  A very professional display to come on under these circumstances and blend into the side like he been there from the start.


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69 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Missed the bus !!

    Funny that the only people on here who actually travelled hundreds of miles to see a fantastic win yesterday were us doom and gloomers ( albeit I’m not in same league as Genji and Jail ), sang for the boys from first minute until let out of ground an hour after the game.
    True support for the team, just not supporting the regime – watched the game back on TV this morning and they were a credit to the club. The away support is much appreciated by the team themselves – fantastic atmosphere, Spurs fans said as much after the game

    Think the only people who actually constantly talk sense on this blog are BobbyBee and NYmag , some talk sense now and then and others such as toon22 and Jib basically just talk nonsense and are constantly on the wind up

  • jane

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #2

    Mindshaft yesterday you said i knock Rafa when i have never done that.

  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #3

    I think the squad of 25 is a PL requirement
    The Carabo Cup is run by the FA so any player registered
    can play.

    Hope this helps

    Mindshaft I hope you don’t find this too nonsensical or are
    wound up by it.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Fair markings. You gave Bruce a mark after the Norwich loss didn’t you Neil/Ed? Or was it somewhere else I seen that?
    If it was, on here, seems only fair to give him markings for this game. If it wasn’t, ignore me totally! 😀

  • jane

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    i don’t rate Bruce but he made the right decisions yesterday so i hold out hope.

    he probably had to swallow his pride to go with Rafa’s formation.

  • Mag52

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Be interested to get Jail’s take on yesterday’s win.

  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #7

    Bruce was guilty of under-estimating Norwich last week
    That’s why he played with a crudely modified version
    of Rafa’s formation.
    Frank Lampard also didn’t pay Norwich enough respect
    on Saturday and only just got away with it.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s disappointing that some are still pushing the idea that a sizeable minority actually want us to fail and seem to be tarring the pro-boycott posters with that very wide brush. Simply not true though, iis it?

    And while yesterday’s win was massive, let’s take a breather here because it’s a very long season ahead, a few bad decisions against us – and you know how it works at the Toon – coupled with a few injuries etc and we will be back to the reality of Mike’s Madness.

    We can enjoy the win as we are all mostly fans save for a few wums but let’s see how it pans out before we start shouting down folk and drawing up righteous battle formations.

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Bobby………….. Aye it does seem that even at the height of fans anger when Rafa left and Bruce arrived there weren’t enough doers as opposed to talkers to get a proper demo together. That was a shame as a big demo outside Shirebrook would have made a big impact.
    I think that any anger at Ashley should be targeted at SD and credit should be given to Bruce and the team for all displays like yesterday’s with criticism for displays like the Norwich one in a fair and normal way.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Jane – sorry, I actually said Jib was the one having a pop at Rafa – you called out Op and co asking where they were or something ( they were at the game 🙂 )

  • jane

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #11

    thanks Mindshaft. there are some doom and gloomers who want us to fail though.

    i may have called out some wrong ones but i think i got some right!

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Don’t get me wrong though until Bruce has a track record in my books he’s not fit to be in the coach’s job at nufc.

    Europe place or a cup, then I’ll think about it. Not before.

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #13

    Tsunki, nobody is shouting down anybody mate. Nor drawing battle lines. Nobody is.
    This is a day to be happy to be a Newcastle fan. Bruce out foxed Poch and restricted a team with 80% possession to two shots in target that Dubs took care of. We had three and scored one. Nobody looking for a row, just all pretty happy. 😀

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #14

    B&B – aye, just like the Spurs fans in the bar after the game yesterday, we decided not to go back to Fighting Cock due to me wanting to preserve my life 🙂

    They were basically slagging Kane, Pochettino , Ericson, in fact everybody in the team – they were champions league finalists last year and seem to think this year they should be pushing on and winning the league… made us look relatively sane fans 🙂

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Betty, said so for ages. Target SD, not the club. One way in, one way out and big publicity if Shirebrook was hit. Much more than you get up here, I guarantee it. 🙂

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #16

    B&B – I’m not a fan of Bruce but Europe place or cup is setting the bar a bit high mate, mid table mediocrity will mean he’s been a relative success given the tools he’s been given.
    He’s working under the same guidelines as every other toon manager under Ashley and basically has to fit whatever players he’s given into whatever shape he has available. Given where we are I’m not bothered if he plays the kids in cup, we need to beat Watford or this result will mean nowt

  • Bobbybee

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Ah well, my taxi services are currently booked up. Watch, we’ll go shopping and when we get back I guarantee there’s something we can’t live without forgotten off the list. 😀 We do it almost every time. Later chaps, have fun, be nice – we got one hell of a win yesterday. Enjoy it. It might not happen again lmao!

  • Mund

    Aug 26, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #18


    Simple fact is mate we have Bruce as our coach and saying if we get a European spot or a cup win you would what was it you said “think about it”

    The great man Rafa didn’t get anywhere near it and he is a god to me and most fans so if Bruce achieved that all you would do is think about accepting him?

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #19

    Tarquin , so bruce has to win a cup or get into europe to appease you? What a prize tool you are. And you put mackem colours all over your avatar? Says enough. Self righteous muppet.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #20

    Jib: Lampard changed tactics at half time and Norwich were barely in the game for 2nd half, ended up an easy win for Chelsea other than a few sporadic Norwich attacks – maybe you should have watched the game before commenting 🙂

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Neil, why no marks for Bruce?

    I think he should get a 9 too, he went with a game plan,, had to reshape things after only 15 mins, had the players running through brick walls for him.

    I’m not getting this taking credit from Bruce away by saying he used Rafas formation. There is only so many that they all use, what I will say is, Bruce is playing less long balls than Rafa, that’s a huge plus for me

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #22

    I’ve been enjoying the sunshine.

    Cracking result yesterday, 100% from every player. Backs to the wall kind of stuff.

    Some real positives to take from the match, much better formation, Joelinton played upfront by himself better than he had with Almiron.

    Playing the 4 in midfield allowed them to help out in attack, Bruce played the 4 I suggested last week.
    Shame Maximim went off, Atsu took his chance, ,cracking ball.

    With that 4 we have mobility pace and the ability to support Joelinton.

    I’m unsure what Yedlin or Manquilo have done but I can’t see why Krafth is in the side.

    Hopefully Bruce sticks with the formation and see how it develops, 20% isn’t great but if the organisation and efforts there I cant fault them.

    Dummet MOM, must keep his place when Lejuine is fit.

  • Just a fan

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #23

    Regarding dummit.
    I’ve seen him play centre back before no idea what game but his distribution was fine.
    Maybe he is not as comfortable on the ball at left back or maybe I’m seeing something that isn’t there.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #24

    Do us a favour tsunki. Leave the blog. You really have showed yourself up in a big way. Dropped your guard big time .

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #25

    catchy: Rafa stopped playing long balls when he dropped Shelvey, same decision Bruce came to after 2 games

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #26

    I will say Joelinton didn’t look 100%, kid ran his heart out though.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #27

    Sorry Mindshaft but that’s missing the point. Ashley’s model is to get a compliant coach who deals with the player trading system and keeps us in the league. There are any number of manages who can do that but that’s not competing and it’s certainly below par for the stature of the club. We were at champs league contestant level and several cup finals before Ashley.

    The only way bruce can prove he is capable and is able to compete is if he makes at least a fist of getting us near that. If he doesn’t it means he’s content to toe Ashley’s slack line and is exactly the chump we feared.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Bruce is entitled now to give as good as gets because all we asked for was some “is i magen” as they say in Norway and after the Spurs game I think we saw that.

    Arsenal was the first game in the season so let that one pass. Norwich was dire but at least the coach and team have done something about it and looked proud to wear the shirt which is what we ask for.

    Need to keep the determination and momentum up and true fans will have no problem shouting for the team on match day.

    Was Ashley at the Spurs game ? – bet he’s well pissed as his team lost. He won’t be at SJP so that’s fine by me and nothing changes in wanting to see him gone and the club under a new CinC.

    HWTL – its always HWTL
    That’s what we do

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #29

    Munster is this you trying to bully me off the blog? That’s a bit hypocritical of you isn’t it? Didn’t you used to blather on about blog bullies? Was that you?

    The worst part of being rounded on by an idiot is the irritation that they don’t know how much of one they are.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Go back to the Tarquin gag it worked a little bit for you. And try and up your insult game instead of swearing and calling people tools. Get some invention.

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #31


    You can believe that if you want, but it’s false.

    Shelvey hardly played last season really, yet we played the 2nd most long balls,

    At Liverpool, he had Stevie G and Alonso, and the played more long balls than every other team by a long way. It’s just his style,

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #32

    B&B – Don’t think Pep could do that under Ashley tenure , I think Bruce is useless mate and wish he would stop crying about the press / fans but he needs to be judged in the same light as Rafa, Hughton, Pards, McClaren etc..
    One win don’t make a summer but I’m happy to give him credit and if we keep winning I’ll give him credit too, long may it last

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Anyway, off our to enjoy sunshine, booze and food in Regents park – have fun all

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki…………… I agree that Steve Bruce was a totally unambitious choice as manager but might I tentatively suggest that as a compromise fans might choose to credit him or slate him accordingly after each game on the merits of the team’s performance on any given day.
    I accept that his track record is far from impressive bur he’s here now and can only do his best without being able to change his past. This might go some way to bringing fans closer together for the good of the club. I’m sure Bruce is well aware now if he wasn’t already that any lacklustre performances will not be accepted.

  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #35

    Why did Lampard have to change tactics at half time ?
    Cos he didn’t give Norwich enough respect – doh

  • fairscup

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #36

    Neil – (about Miggy) “Had a great opportunity to get off the mark late in the game, but the shot sailed high”
    In my opinoin that shot was heading for the top corner but was deflected.
    Just my opinion!

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #37

    Left the mark slip a little Tsunki eh ? You really are a basket case. Did you support other managers, or just KK and Bobby as a matter of interest ?

  • toon22

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #38

    LoL JIB

    You post your pro Jabba PR via about 5 alts on this blog
    At least I’m honest about my agenda

    Won’t even grace us with a gravatar to prove you don’t lol

  • Mag :P

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Why aren’t you berating Bruce about our pass accuracy and lack of possession Catchy?

    What makes this performance different to all of those that you slated Rafa for?


  • toon22

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #40


    Spent years knocking Rafa
    Praise the traitor for using the same tactics

    Hiya KBA


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