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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

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #81

    Jail has Rafa come out and said that he didn’t want Joelinton for that money or is just reported?

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #82

    Ancient it’s shocking that anyone would right off a player after playing Chelsea away let alone a 19 yr old who just won the game against Man U on his league debut.

  • geordietom

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #83

    jail …

    nope , …

    they way i get it a lot of people think we are already relegated , but as the song says ” THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER ”…

  • geordietom

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #84

    THE WAY*

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #85

    Absolute win win situation for Brewce. He’s got absolutely nothing to prove to anyone because he has already firmly established himself as being shit, if he finishes 17th he gets a pat on the back and a nice bonus and if he relegated us he drinks off back to some middling Champo club a million pound richer.

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #86

    I can see why Rafa would have thought he could use 40m better to maybe buy 2-3 players to build a better squad. Not sure Rafa didn’t rate Joelinton though as the scouting team would have been looking at him for some time and that would not have been behind Rafa’s back.

  • Mad Frog Boom 22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #87

    No shots equal no goals, no goals equal relegation.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #88

    Mad Frog Boom 22
    You clearly had a few shots yesterday

  • IrishRob

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #89

    Come on Neil it’s time to get up out of bed and get this show on the road!

  • IrishRob

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #90

    Mad frog….. no goals doesn’t equal relegation. No points equals relegation. Just saying!

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #91

    In the next 5 or so games we should see what the teams level is and what we can really expect from Joelinton.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #92

    Do you think any of the teams we play in the next four games are any worse than Man U right now. He needs to find out how to keep the defensive shape while still offering a threat going forward and I don’t think he’s capable.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #93

    Joelinton is being played as a CF and he isn’t one, we need to look at how Hoffenheim set up around him and try something similar.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #94

    I don’t think the club really banked on Carroll at all, as much as left their business too late due to the manager situation to do better, or had little intention of doing better. They banked on Joelinton and St Max as replacements for Rondon and Perez and didn’t care that a quality manager like Benitez had big reservations. The club needed to keep Rondon and Perez, and bring in Joelinton and St Max if they felt they had to (both decent young players), to replace Joselu and Kenedy. Krafth was an unnecessary signing, as was Carroll really, as much as I love him, and Willems a good signing. Gayle should have been sold, and whoever else out of Murphy, Colback, Saivet and Lazaar we might have shifted had we been a well run club. This seems so painfully obvious that it’s hard to fathom at all what the club is actually playing at.

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #95

    Jail Man U have still got much better quality than most teams who will be expected to be bottom half at the end of the season. I would take 5 performances like that against Man U if you offered me it now with 15 points as well!

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #96

    I think Perez was always going to leave no matter who was the manager etc as I think he had become disillusioned (finger in the ears etc). Rondon was such a no brained it was unreal.

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #97


  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #98

    Every thing they do is illogical and therefore can’t be figured out.

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #99

    Hoffenheim in the main played two up front
    with Joe on the right and Ishak Belfodil lesft

  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #100

    left even

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #101

    Thought I’d give my two pittance about this team. The 2 games we won vs spurs and man utd not only were they under performing but it was pretty much smash and grab. We are not set up to score goals but to defend. Every other games we got hammered. Now after seeing the team over past 9 games or so I think our best way to play would be high pressing high line. When ever we win the ball we cant get forward with any quality we are hardly in the opposition box and after half hour our players are knackered running around after ball. Now what I’d do is play 4-2-3-1 play ASM, Atsu and Almiron behind Joelinton with the 2 longstaffs holding. and I’d tell the front 4 to press agressively against the opposition defense and holding midfielder and push our defense up. That way if we win ball higher up we can be closer to opposition goal. We are getting hammered playing defensively in our own half so why not give this game plan a go. I think it’s only way we can create chances as we were crap yesterday. Almiron just runs into a cul de sac and loses ball. ASM was brilliant but had donkeys playing in front of him. Joelinton is so poor in getting shots off or getting into good positions away from defenders he cant lose markers. crap movement. ASM and Atsu have been our best offensive players in regards to making things happen. Either play as i mentioned or drop Almiron to bench for couple games. The main thing about yesterday was our passing. So many unforced errors. We have no idea what to do with ball.

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #102

    Joel will be good through the middle. It’s amazing what confidence does and the fact we have Bruce trying to find his feet while also having a horrific start in terms of fixtures has not helped.

    Almiron and Joel will be top top players if the side can start performing in an attacking sense.

  • toon22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #103

    You don’t get to be the 2nd worst manager in prem history by being a good manager


  • toon22

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #104



  • Jib

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #105

    You persist in calling Bruce the worst manager in PL history
    It’s not true
    Actually nowhere near true
    You base it for some weird reason on his goals against stat
    Yesterday was his 400th game
    His goals against is clearly going to be high in 400 games

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #106

    Jib I think you need to follow my route and just start ignoring Toon. He’s not mentally capable of holding any sound discussion or debate and I have no idea how he is allowed on the internet.

    At least Jail can back up his arguments even if I don’t agree with everything he says.

  • Nufc-83

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #107

    Aces of eight I tend to agree that would be the optimum way to set up with our side. I think the issue is Bruce tried to change it away from the 5 at the back against Norwich and it was a car crash. I’m not sure Bruce is capable of changing the way we play completely as the team at least understand exactly how to play with the current set up based on their experience last season. It’s a tough one for Bruce that’s for sure.

  • IrishRob

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #108

    Yes jail great idea, because Hoffenheim got 7 whole goals out of him a season!!

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 20, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #109

    I said repeatedly before the season started we would be relegated because we had no goal scorers!
    It was obvious when we got rid of the 2 main goal scorers, Rondon and Perez! Then replaced them with players who don’t score.
    It’s amazing that Bruce seems to think Carroll will fill that gap! He can barely run never mind score goals!

  • geordietom

    Oct 20, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #110
  • DubaiMicky

    Oct 20, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #111

    Dunno if this has been posted previously


    “St James’ Park has only been 89% full on average this season.
    No other Premier League club is operating at such a low percentage of capacity.”

    Very telling.


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