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.