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Our Player Ratings For The Defeat At Chelsea

This was the team for the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea, including the three second-half substitutions.

These are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 7

  • Miscommunication with Lascelles in the first half led to a poor clearance that bounced off Tammy Abraham. Thankfully, the ball went wide and was easily cleared. Martin made a couple of key saves on Mason Mount in first half and Willian in the second. Both were straight at him but he did well as they were powerful shots. His superb save on Christian Pulisic in the second half was world-class. Martin was under threat for much of the second half. Chelsea had a flurry of corners but the 30-year-old handled his box well. He got a hand on Alonso’s shot but was unable to keep it from going in.

Deandre Yedlin – 5

  • Yedlin did not do enough when in possession nor to prevent threats from his flank. He never got a handle Callum Hudson-Odoi who was outstanding for Chelsea. His recovery pace served him well on a few occasions. DeAndre had an amazing block on a seeming Tammy Abraham tap-in that looked a certain goal. Both wing-backs struggled to have an impact in the final third but Yedlin struggled a little more defensively than Willems did. Yedlin is just vulnerable in games like this one where his defensive liabilities can be exploited.

Fabian Schar – 6

  • Fabian was excellent defensively but had an off day when he pushed forward. He had a few runs from the back but was very lax in possession. We needed to keep the ball but he tried some ill-advised long-range passes, none of which came off. Schar was stellar at the back, however, where he made some crucial blocks and interceptions.

Jamaal Lascelles – 6

  • Lascelles was the leader of a well-organized backline who all put in excellent displays. He handled Tammy Abraham well when marking him. Jamaal made a lot of clearances as he anticipated the Chelsea threats very well.

Ciaran Clark – 7

  • Clark put in another solid performance and has most likely done enough to keep his place. He had some key clearances and blocks. He is very savvy positionally and again worked well with Lascelles and Jetro Willems. He was beaten in the air on a couple of occasions by Tammy Abraham who failed to get either header on target. Though one hit the crossbar. Ciaran almost scored the equalizer from a Christian Atsu cross but his header just went over the bar. This is an element that Clark can bring to this team.

Jetro Willems – 5

  • Jetro didn’t offer much going forward but was stuck in defensively. He worked well with Ciaran Clark and also with Allan Saint-Maximin on the left flank. Jetro looked to tire late in the game but you can’t knock his commitment. This type of match would have suited Matt Ritchie’s tenacious style more that Willems.

Matty Longstaff – 6

  • Matty Longstaff ran all over the place but wasn’t quite at the level of his Premier League debut. He had a few loose passes and was dispossessed a few times too many. Though he worked very hard and covered a lot of ground. It was a tough ask for the nineteen-year-old and he did not look out of place patrolling the midfield at Stamford Bridge.

Sean Longstaff – 6

  • Sean put in a committed performance overall. He started off very well with some key passes and looked really comfortable on the ball. He ran continuously all afternoon. His set-pieces were decent but not spectacular, except for a dangerous free kick in first-half stoppage time. It came to nothing and Joelinton was offside in any case but the delivery was outstanding. We need to see more of that from Sean. The game passed him by a bit in the second half as he had to relentlessly chase Chelsea who had taken full control by then.

Miguel Almiron – 6

  • Almiron started very brightly with some excellent runs. He was dragged down by Fiyako Timori late in the first half as the young defender couldn’t handle his pace. He consistently found space when Newcastle got possession to serve as an outlet. It was a typical performance from the Paraguayan that ultimately produced little in the end. He had some very strong runs but was nowhere near getting a chance on goal. He’s still coming to grips with playing on the right-wing. Defenders seem to anticipate that he is going to cut inside to get his shot off. In a game like this where the wing-backs sit so deep, his lack of invention is hurting the attack. Allan Saint-Maximin can be direct like Almiron but he can also hold the ball up out wide to allow teammates to find space.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 7

  • Allan started with a bang like against Manchester United with some powerful runs. At one point Mason Mount couldn’t handle him and tried to foul him but the Frenchman was too strong. He made some key passes to Joelinton but the Brazilian failed to make much of the chances.
    Tracked back and made a key tackle on Willian early in the second half. The Frenchman faded as the game wore on but he had emptied his tank late in the second half. A committed performance from the 22-year-old but again not much in the final third.

Joelinton – 5

  • Joelinton started off well. We thought he had some decent touches and linked well with Saint-Maximin and Almiron. However, he received the ball a couple of times just outside the box and heavy touches let him down. He again hardly had a chance on goal though he did get his head to a cross that he pushed wide. Joelinton grew in frustration in the second half as Chelsea controlled the match. He went down far too easily in the build-up to the goal.


Andy Carroll – 6

  • There was not much Andy could do in this one. The effort was there but nothing came his way as Newcastle had so few opportunities in the Chelsea half.

Christian Atsu – n/a

  • Christian came on too late to get a rating. Though he unleashed an excellent cross late that Ciaran Clark headed just over the bar.

Dwight Gayle – n/a

  • Gayle was a late substitute and didn’t have a touch in the seven minutes he was on the field. But it was nice to see him back in the black and white stripes.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player 1-0 Defeat At Chelsea?

  • Martin Dubravka (33%, 388 )
  • Allan Saint-Maximin (30%, 351 )
  • Fabian Schar (8%, 98 )
  • Ciaran Clark (8%, 97 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (4%, 48 )
  • Matty Longstaff (4%, 45 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (3%, 35 )
  • Miguel Almiron (3%, 30 )
  • Sean Longstaff (2%, 29 )
  • Dwight Gayle (2%, 23 )
  • Jetro Willems (1%, 13 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 11 )
  • Andy Carroll (1%, 10 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 3 )

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111 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #1

    Would have been nice to get a point but i think Sean and Matt got over run a bit in the second half.

    Willems at times looks good but at times he looks like he’s barely managing to jog to win the ball or close someone down.

    Did think maybe Carroll or Gayle should have started today.

    Not his biggest fan but 5 for Yedlin is a bit harsh, he didnt get much help today and the last ditch tackle to stop Abraham having a tap in was fantastic defending.

  • toon22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #2

    There’s only been one guy to blame for all of this in the last 13 years


    It’s over for him

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 20, 2019 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #3

    We only can go so long playing 5 at the back. We are almost no threat going forward against anyone.

    I think we have good players but very poor tactics and movement and passing on what to do with the ball and how to attack space.

    5 at the back gives us defensive solidarity but almost next to nothing going forward.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 20, 2019 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Harsh saying joelinton is crap but we don’t create anything at all! It’s not like he’s missing great chances and all. He’s barely even in the box all game!

    We barely create chances to even get a shot at goal!

    Definitely relegation football and tactics.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 20, 2019 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Other clubs style of football changes quickly and it’s noticeable, like Brighton for eg.

    While we are still playing ultra defensive under Bruce with no identity.

    Bruce is a shi* manager and should never have been hired but I don’t blame him taking the job. No one wanted to join us ffs.
    Ashley ruined this club.

  • willowdalerez

    Oct 20, 2019 at 4:29 AM

    Comment #6

    ilovetoon Joelinton was put through three times (at least) by ASM with only the last man back to beat and each time he bottled it and didn’t even get a shot off. Both Gayle and Carroll would have made something out of at least 1 of those opportunities! Our goose eggs for shots can be laid straight at Joelinton’s feet, literally, because he can’t dribble past a defender.

  • willowdalerez

    Oct 20, 2019 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Neil – A suggestion why not add a manager rating? Mine would be:

    Steve Bruce – 4

    Set the team up right for the visit to Stamford Bridge and it showed when Newcastle had a lively first half with Joelinton bottling numerous throughballs by Saint-Maximin where he only had to beat the last man back to get a shot off but couldn’t manage it. However, Bruce through the game in the 2nd half when he failed to replace an obviously gassed Saint-Maximin at 55 minutes or so ceding the entire flow of the game and possession to Chelsea. Both Longstaffs were also showing signs of tiring and the game was crying out for the introduction of Atsu and Shelvey but Bruce paced the sidelines in deep conversation with his assistants but unable to make a decision. The Blues went on a tear with the Toon losing all shape and turtling up conceding corner after corner and allowing Willian and Hudson-Odoi enjoying plenty of time on the ball to creatively pick away at Newcastle’s backline making the goal inevitable. Subs when made were inexplicably late and devoid of any understanding of what was happening on the pitch such as when Almiron, our midfielder showing the best legs, was yanked for Carroll adding a second forward to a team that was unable to get or maintain possession in the midfield and was boxed in at its own end. Further subs were even later to the party and the proof the game had been calling out for Atsu came when he delivered the first and only real chance in the 2nd half with a ball into Clark that just went over the bar.

  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #8

    The stats don’t lie

    Possession 29%
    Shots 5
    Shots on target 0
    Corners 0
    Fouls 12

    Then let’s look at Watford (also away to a “Top 6” team)

    Possession 30%
    Shots 7
    Shots on target 2
    Corners 2
    Fouls 9

    Now i know stats aren’t everything, but with no shots on target AGAIN that is certain relegation behaviour.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #9

    I think the discussions and hesitancy was over whether
    change to 4 – 4 – 2 or stick with wing-backs in the end
    a sort of compromise was reached with the replacement of
    a winger with a CF ( it failed spectacularly )
    Bruce isn’t ruthless enough , he seems to fear players psyche
    being upset , Joelinton should have had a tug before half-time.
    As many have pointed out Gayle or Carroll would have made more
    of the stuff coming into the box.
    I’m sure this match wasn’t on Bruce’s pre-season list of winnable games
    but if we play like we did first half yesterday, the next 4 games are definitely

    Another plus was the Longstaffs didn’t look out of place at all.

    If Southgate was watching they could soon find themselves England
    squad members

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #10

    ‘Almiron, unfortunately, for all his good work, his confidence is a little bit low at the minute because he hasn’t scored a goal since he came here in January”
    He’s low on confidence because he came to a club with a manager who had a vision for success and he’s ended up playing for a manager more than happy if he gets a point a game.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 20, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #11

    We set up with 3 cb’s and wing backs to give sides little space to play between the lines and then to catch them on the break. Nothing wrong with the tactics. We were tight and disciplined, combative and competitive but couldn’t quite sustain our effort over the 90. Chelsea would most likely have played through us and won comfortably had we tried to open it up.

    We have little option but to give our young attack time to find its feet if we hope to develop as a side. Almiron, Joelinton, St Max with Carroll off the bench is our most promising group of forwards, although Almiron must be getting close to losing his starting spot. Muto, Gayle and Atsu really aren’t at all likely gonna help turn this around for us. They’re ecent options off the bench, but not as starters, and we need Jarrod Bowen or similar in January.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #12

    Where does the line get drawn, it’s all well and good setting up the team ultra defensive for games he considers we might get murdered otherwise, how does he set up for Wolves at home?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Your theory of Krafth starting ahead of Yedlin because he was playing in Canada was plausible, your theory of it being because we were away was you talking bollorx again while pretending you know what you’re talking about. You play your best players regardless of the venue and as I said Yedlin is the best of a very average bunch. He should have been replaced with a Digne or Pereria two seasons ago but instead was backed up with two 5M players that have only filled gaps rather than improved the squad.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #14

    And Krafth hasn’t even filled a gap, he’s clustered a filled one.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #15

    Last season Rafa set up ultra defensive vs Wolves
    3 – 5 – 1 – 1
    We were making a game of it until Mike Dean saw fit to
    send off Yedlin for a 50/50 tussle with Jota on the edge of our box

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #16

    At home and against the ‘lesser” sides you’d imagine we would set up the similarly but look to play a higher line, push the fullbacks on and try to control the centre of the pitch. This is perilous of course against the better sides because they’ll just out play and punish us, and even an average side will do it to us if we are too open. We need more from our front 3 but they aren’t the finished article. We miss Rondon and Perez badly but we must go with the promising attacking players we do have I think, at least until January, in the belief that they will find their feet.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #17

    Wales getting a bit of a caning off France at the moment

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m not really a Yedlin fan if I’m honest. Not particularly comfortable on the ball, nor strong in the tackle. To me we’d be improved by the addition of Manquillo, Fernandez, Lejeune and Ritchie. I do like the Longstaff brothers in the middle of the park though, smart movement, lots of running, good distribution and Sean Longstaff is great over a dead ball.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #19

    The Welsh now rallying (as they always do)

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #20

    Jib, the Longstaffs won’t be picked for England because they live near Scotland

  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #21

    Wonder how many will be at Wolves game?

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #22

    Nicky you have it bang on but it’s not easy trying to educate people like the weasel. The formation does not mean it’s defensive it’s how high we press up the pitch. The formation could easily turn into a 343 in game which is classed as very attacking.

  • hibbit

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #23

    you can talk all you like about formations and set ups, but five goals in nine PL games would be a massive problem to solve for any manager and this squad.

  • hibbit

    Oct 20, 2019 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #24

    you have to score to win. we don’t have a goal scorer !!!!!!

  • Genjikai

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #25

    I honestly believe the hierarchy have pinned there hopes on caroll scoring loads of goals.
    You couldnt even make this up but its happened.

  • geordietom

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #26

    just read through the comments off last night , i see someone was using my name . wasn’t me before anyone says owt …

  • geordietom

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #27

    we all now we need a couple of forwards in jan anyone got names of who? and who would come to us ?…

  • geordietom

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #28


  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #29

    It’s clear Clark has got back in the team, not because he’s been great in training or he’s a better player than Dummet, but simply because he’s capable of 4-5 goals a season which in this team could make him our most lethal marksman.

  • Genjikai

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #30

    Him and schar top goal scorers

  • geordietom

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #31

    does anyone thing Alonso’s tackle on Yedlin was a sending off offence? . he tackled Yedlin after the ball was gone was it any different to hayden’s tackle which he got a red card for ?…

  • geordietom

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #32

    think *

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Wasn’t a red no way was as dangerous he was in much more control. You see a tackle like that in every game.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #34

    There is only one team across all four divisions that have scored less goals than us and they don’t have any players.

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #35

    Yup terrible isn’t it. What’s your point though?

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #36

    Clearly needs a bit of time to decide what the point of his post was


  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #37

    My point is that it’s all very well setting up defensively and playing on the counter but to make it justifiable you need to score goals and we didn’t even manage a shot on target.

  • DaveD1000

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #38

    Grounhog day back to before Rondon landed. No one capable at the pointy end.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #39

    In addition to no shots on target we had absolutely zero tackles by the Longstaffs.

    Hayden was a big miss as he breaks up play and gives it to the likes of Sean in space – it was playing with Hayden that Sean had his good spell.

    The Longstaffs, good players that they are, are too lightweight for a CM pairing in the Prem, especially away.

    Chelsea played through our midfield at will and chasing shadows knackered the whole team by the middle of the second half.

    I’m starting to have serious doubts about Willems. Yes he is good going forward but he offers absolutely nothing defensively and the way we play he is a liability with that weakness. He was clearly running on empty early in the second half and Dummett – who should be a starter imo over Clark – should have replaced him.

    Unlike Norwich and Leicester the lads couldn’t be blamed for lack of effort yesterday and there were promising signs in the first half that Jo, ASM and Al are starting to read each others game.

    The January signings have to include a strong tackling defensive mid because, without Hayden, we’ll be overrun by teams time and again.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #40

    The nasty side of the French team cost them the game with a red card
    Wales 20 France 19


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