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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.

Subs

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

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #41

    Bills Son Is Back,
    You want to hope there isn’t any January signings because if there is it means we’re in the clarts, 25 points on the board and the chequebook is staying firmly closed.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #42

    Strange the fair and balanced posters didn’t pick up on the lack of goals in the squad before the season kicked off.

    Chelsea didnt turn up in the first half, moved the ball really slowly allowing us the opportunity to get a foot in, that changed in the second half.

    We move the ball slowly and without any ideas or conviction, Almiron has no real identity or position on the pitch.

    If we can’t get the best out of him in the side with the tactics Bruce wants to play he must be dropped.

    Joelinton isn’t a number 9, I can see Carrol starting up front as soon as he’s fit enough with our £40m record signing relegated to wing or bench.

    It’s a Ashley made disaster, shocking transfer policy and miss management has left us unbalanced toothless and clueless as a team squad and club.

    10
  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #43

    We scored 7 goals pre-season with Joelinton scoring a couple

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #44

    OP,
    Strange that they haven’t mentioned that crap Swedish bloke or that Steve Bruce wishes he had the Joelinton money, no mention of not attacking the lesser teams more either.

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #45

    *crap Swedish bloke that we spent all su.mer chasing.

    4
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #46

    Jail

    We aren’t far off relying on a injury prone thirty something who’s been out scored by Joselu in the last 3 years, he’s local though.

    The ineptitude running at every level of our club is mind boggling, Ashley and his minions would have sunk the Titanic in Belfast.

    10
  • DaveD1000

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #47

    Apart from falling over in front of the ref I’m seeing v little useful from AC

    6
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #48

    Crystal Palace and Leicester in the top six, all hypothetical of course but I wonder where we would be sitting in the table had Rafa still been here with full control of transfers.

    7
  • toon22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #49

    Until Jabba is gone this is just an average season for us

    It wont matter who we buy in January

    9
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #50

    Some increasingly rather odd and bizarre character on here was saying that under Bruce we will finish comfortably mid table and enjoy a good cup run. They also claimed Joelinton at 40m would turn out to be a snip.

    Bruce signed off on these flakey signings and it never takes him long to make excuses and switch the blame elsewhere.

    7
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #51

    No sale rumours for a bit of false hope?

    4
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #52

    OP,
    When the decision was made to spend a fortune on young PL inexperienced players and bring in a washed up Championship journeyman to coach them, did not one person speak up at the club and say hang on a minute, we tried this a few years ago and got relegated?

    11
  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #53

    To be fair to Bruce ( a strange concept for some ) he was
    saying before the match that Joelinton will take some time
    to adapt to what is needed for a striker in the PL.

    He can only improve by playing

    1
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #54

    Jail

    The only person likely to speak up left in the summer after realising his recommendations and expert opinion was falling on deaf ears.

    Who at the club has the integrity to stand up to Ashley, except the fans I can’t think of anyone who dares cross him.

    7
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #55

    Ye Jail but why make that point to me it was irrelevant to the discussion about the formation being defensive when me and Nicky were saying it can easily be more attacking by pushing players further forward? Bruce can’t play so deep against lesser sides he needs to squeeze up the pitch like we did against Man U.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #56

    Jib

    Joelinton can have a year to adapt then, we can sell him when relegated and whoever buys him gets a experienced PL player.

    What a brilliant plan for Nufc

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  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #57

    Also the players need to pick it up as yesterday the players were shocking and couldn’t even make a simple 5 yard pass or control a simple ball. That’s not the managers fault.

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  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #58

    OP do you think that’s the plan to get relegated? Hmmm rather strange why Ashley would want that as defeats the object of using the club for a worldwide advertising board.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #59

    Nufc-83,
    Can you name one other PL club that would be happy with the news that Steve Bruce had been appointed?

    8
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #60

    If we stay in the league I would love to see a young progressive manager come in. We will now spend what we generate so each season I would expect 50-60m be available plus player sales. It’s not great as the top clubs will easily outspend is but it could get a decent side together with a savvy manager.

    1
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #61

    Jail you are on a roll with completely irrelevant points today aren’t you!

    Bruce is a terrible appointment no club in the championship would have even been happy but not sure why we are discussing this lol.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #62

    I don’t think we’ll ever sell Joelinton, I think he’ll be loaned out with us making up half his wages, if they do sell him it will be at a loss that would have paid for Rondon and his forty goals over three seasons.

    4
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #63

    Rondon was an absolute no brainier!

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #64

    Just making the point that he is crap.

    1
  • hibbit

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #65

    formations and tactics only come into play if you have the the tools to carry them out,we don’t

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #66

    If they were prepared to pay 38M for Joelinton then we have to presume that they wouldn’t spend the 22M on Plea out of spite and another way of trying the managers patience in trying to force him to walk.

    7
  • Just a fan

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #67

    Jail.
    Rafa’s gone.
    For big bucks.
    Get over it.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #68

    Just a fan,
    What has his wages got to fo with it?

    3
  • toon22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #69

    JIB

    Rafa may be gone but your alts sure arnt

    😉

    6
  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #70

    It’s also easy to list players like plea and Jorgensen however neither are proven in the premiership and could have flopped. If that was the case we could be sitting here saying why the club never went all out to get Joelinton.

    1
  • toon22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #71

    Jabba thought he could string along Rafa for as long as he wanted
    He found out he was wrong
    He thought he could easily replace the guy
    He is finding out he was wrong

    He claims he has made mistakes and has learned from them

    We are finding out he lied

    8
  • toon22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #72

    Nufc83

    Tell us again how you dont defend Jabba

    LOL

    5
  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #73

    C’mon Japan
    Beat the yarpies

    0
  • geordietom

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #74

    so Ashley’s plan is to see us relegated ? …

    it dont make sense …

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #75

    Nufc-83,
    But we never got to find out, instead we are paying the price for a player our former manager said wasn’t worth the money as opposed to players he thought were.

    5
  • AncientC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #76

    Bills Son is ruling out the Longstaffs already, Matty’s 2nd game in the PL. Unreal. Also, Sean Longstaff registered a tackle.

    I see Bills Son didn’t mention that Schar and Lascelles didn’t register a tackle over 90 minutes against Chelsea either (even though he was wrong about the Longstaffs originally).

    2
  • AncientC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #77

    Come on, Matty, get a move on. You may have inspired a win against Man Utd, but you didn’t win the game for us against Chelsea. Probably best to drop Matty Longstaff—clearly too “lightweight” for the PL.

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #78


    we could be sitting here saying why the club never went all out to get Joelinton”
    Really, there’s not many people in England who had ever heard of him never mind wondered why their clubs never went after him.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #79

    geordietom,
    No it doesn’t does it.

    0
  • AncientC

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #80

    It makes you wonder why Newcastle isn’t up there with Leicester, I mean, the two clubs have practically the same transfer strategy.

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