This was the team for the 2-3 win at West Ham, including the three second-half substitutions.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Martin Dubravka – 7
- Martin didn’t have too much to do before West Ham came on late in the game. He made an outstanding save from a Balbuena header in the first half. While it was a quick reaction, he could have done better on the first goal. He got a hand to Sebastien Haller’s header across the face of goal but weakly tipped into the path of the charging Fabian Balbuena. Other than that it was a faultless performance from the 30-year-old. He could do nothing on the second goal from Robert Snodgrass.
Deandre Yedlin – 7
- Yedlin put in a better performance defensively than the last two weeks. He was helped a little by a poor game from Felipe Anderson from West Ham who did very little all match. Yedlin went slightly too early on a Saint-Maximin cross early in the second half leading to his goal being disallowed. He put in a few decent crosses in what was a solid performance from the 26-year-old.
Fede Fernandez – 8
- The Argentine put in another terrific display at the back. A week after his brilliant cross for Lascelle’s goal, he gets one himself on a header over Roberto who had inexplicably decided to stop charging. Fernandez had well over ten clearances and helped secure the right-hand side of the defense. We can’t see how he doesn’t keep his place for Bournemouth even if Fabian Schar is ready to go.
Jamaal Lascelles – 7
- This was another excellent display from our captain. Jamaal kept Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti, when he came on, very quiet. He did well to keep the troops together during the late West Ham surge. Lascelles was again excellent in the air and had around ten clearances.
Ciaran Clark – 8
- The 30-year-old took his goal very well. It was his 9th for Newcastle. He was again solid defensively making some key blocks. Worked well with Jetro Willems to make sure Andriy Yarmolenko was a non-factor. He’s pretty much got a stranglehold on his position right now over Paul Dummett and the returning Florian Lejeune.
Jetro Willems – 8
- Jetro got an assist from the lob into the box that Fede Fernandez headed home. He worked extremely well with Ciaran Clark again. This time they kept their flank very quiet with the Ukranian Yarmolenko contributing next to nothing. He had a superb ball to release Allan Saint-Maximin on his first one-on-one with Roberto. Willems worked so well with the Frenchman down the left. He released Saint-Maximin time and again with his deft passing.
Jonjo Shelvey – 8
- What a return to the fold for the midfielder. Jonjo was absolutely superb in this game and did exactly what this side needed. His free-kick delivery to Jeolinton at the back post was perfect. He rattled the bar with outside of his right foot after the Allan Saint-Maximin/Miguel Almiron debacle in front of the goal. His set-piece goal was a blast from about 30 yards. He tired a bit as the game went on and we saw some of his lackadaisical tendencies creep in. He didn’t track Sebastien Haller who pipped in front of him to get the ball on target from the corner on the first goal. We would have liked to have seen Matty Longstaff brought in for Jonjo at around the 70-minute mark. Shelvey deserves to keep his place for Bournemouth however, he’s so inconsistent that we can see him not showing up and losing it again. He needs to play this well week in and out but has never been able to maintain this level over long stretches.
Isaac Hayden – 8
- Hayden showed no signs of rust after missing the last three matches with his red card suspension. He did the dirty work in the midfield and was outstanding. He made the tackles he needed to and won the ball back numerous times. His release to Allan Saint-Maximin was astute. He just launched it downfield and let the Frenchman blow by the West Ham defenders. Isaac also did well to win the ball back and get fouled by Robert Snodgrass to win the free-kick that Shelvey put in the net. It was a masterful performance by the returning midfielder.
Miguel Almiron – 8
- Almiron was outstanding on Saturday with his pace and touches in the final third. He is such a willing runner and gave everything for the cause. His burst of pace led to an early free-kick and a yellow from Issa Diop. While Diop didn’t make too much contact, Almiron’s speed was too much for the French defender who had to bring him down. Miguel again put in a shift defensively. He didn’t have any glaring misses except for the one that Saint-Maximin pulled back to him after the Frenchman was through on goal. Almiron seemed to play with a bit more swagger yesterday but that may have been because we had the early lead.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 8
- Allan Saint-Maximin did everything except for score against West Ham. He had three shots on target and was clean through on West Ham’s goalkeeper Roberto twice. He should have done much better with those opportunities. We hope he isn’t getting into Almiron territory with his missed chances. It’s still early but he really needed to put one of those two breakaways in the back of the net. He almost claimed his first assist with an excellent delivery to Yedlin early in the second half. However, Yedlin’s run was ruled offside. The 22-year-old wore out West Ham’s 34-year-old right-back Pablo Zabaleta. West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini must not have known much about Saint-Maximin to put the aging Argentine up against him. He’ll know all about Allan after this match.
Joelinton – 7
- This was an improvement from Joelinton despite not getting any chances on goal. He held the ball up very well and proved a vital defensive presence late in the game. He got an assist today with this coordinated header across the face of goal that Ciaran Clark put away. The Brazilian found space and was always ready for the ball when we were in possession. He is still learning how to play in this league but he has the physical characteristics to become a success. He just needs to get into the positions where he can get some more efforts on goal.
Christian Atsu – 8
- Christian only came on for the last 15 minutes but showed why he such a valuable team player. He replaced Saint-Maximin as a crucial outlet late in the game. Atsu’s decisions with the ball at his feet were crucial to stemming the late West Ham surge. The 27-year-old did everything right to retain possession and prevent West Ham from getting into a late rhythm.
Paul Dummett – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating.
Andy Carroll – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match At West Ham?
- A. Saint-Maximin (49%, 1,182 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (22%, 530 )
- Miguel Almiron (9%, 224 )
- Federico Fernandez (5%, 119 )
- Jetro Willems (4%, 102 )
- Ciaran Clark (4%, 85 )
- Isaac Hayden (3%, 61 )
- Joelinton (2%, 52 )
- Martin Dubravka (1%, 25 )
- Andy Carroll (1%, 14 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 10 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (0%, 7 )
- Paul Dummett (0%, 6 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 5 )
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