This was the team for the 2-1 win against Bournemouth, including the three second-half substitutions.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Martin Dubravka – 7
- Martin recovered from an early knock to put in a terrific performance. He made some crucial early saves to keep Newcastle close. He could do nothing for the Bournemouth goal. Martin had excellent command of his area as he claimed anything that came his way.
Deandre Yedlin – 9
- Possibly the best performance of his Newcastle career. He worked very well with Miguel Almiron down the right. DeAndre was always getting forward and providing an option in attack. Showed great intuition to go after Saint-Maximin’s blocked shot for his goal. Yedlin did the work defensively all game as well. He used his pace and inclination to get back whenever the backline was threatened. Ryan Fraser blew by Fernandez on a first-half through ball by Lewis Cook and was able to round Dubravka. However, there was Yedlin to get a foot on the ball and push it wide. That crucial block and his goal signified what was a class performance from the 26-year-old.
Fede Fernandez – 9
- Fede took command of the backline when Lascelles was forced off with his knee injury. He cleared everything that was pumped into the box, especially in the second half. Fernandez even provided the odd cross as he got forward a few times. He was beaten on a long ball from Lewis Cook that Ryan Fraser got onto the end of, but thankfully Yedlin had gotten back to cover. Fernandez also got the assist on Ciaran Clark’s goal. He worked well covering Yedlin when the American launched his attacks down the right. We are not sure Steve Bruce can drop the 30-year-old even when Fabian Schar is ready to return.
Jamaal Lascelles – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating as he left early due to a knee injury. Though his reaction was outstanding to track and dispossess a freed Callum Wilson in the first few minutes. Unfortunately, Wilson’s shove on Lascelles resulted in his injury. He tried to soldier on but ultimately had to come off after 20 minutes. We certainly hope the captain’s injury is not too serious.
Ciaran Clark – 8
- A second straight game with a goal for the 30-year-old. He was able to get the slightest of touches on a Fernandez header to bundle the ball past Bournemouth’s keeper Aaron Ramsdale. The goal proved to be the game-winner. Ciaran Clark moved to the center of the back three when Lascelles went off and was outstanding again. He and Fernandez handled everything thrown their way. Another top performance by Clark who like Fernandez can’t be dropped.
Jetro Willems – 8
- Wow. Jetro was a force down the left yesterday. He had numerous interceptions that led to attacks. His pace and power with the ball at his feet is something to behold. Jetro even launched a ton of shots, and a couple of them forced Ramsdale into stellar saves. He did lose Harry Wilson on the Bournemouth goal. He was quick to track Wilson but got screened by Callum Wilson, leaving the Liverpool loanee fee in the box. But it was a well-worked move by the Cherries. Willems and Saint-Maximin also are forming a fantastic link down the left. They worked better together yesterday as Allan was a bit more diligent in his defensive duties.
Jonjo Shelvey – 7
- Jonjo was again in fine form against Bournemouth. After an erratic start in which he gifted possession back to Bournemouth with two ill-advised passes, Shelvey calmed down and was fantastic for the rest of the game. His passing range was superb as he released both Joelinton and Allan Saint-Maximin on one-on-ones with Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale, forcing the young keeper into two good saves. Jonjo partnered well with Isaac Hayden in screening the backline and made some key tackles. Shelvey took the captain’s armband for the injured Jamaal Lascelles. If Jonjo can keep playing like the past two weeks, he may stay in the side for some time.
Isaac Hayden – 7
- It was another typical Isaac Hayden performance. He did the dirty work to win back the ball and put in crunching tackles in the midfield. Shelvey and Hayden are forming quite a decent partnership. Hayden also showed off his creative ability a bit more as he played some excellent passes.
Miguel Almiron – 8
- Miguel and DeAndre Yedlin have formed some link down the right for Newcastle. Almiron is so willing to do the defensive work when Yedlin gets forward. Of course, Miguel can also do his fair share of attacking. He was unfortunate to hit a supine Allan Saint-Maximin in the second half after Allan’s one on one with Ramsdale. However, Miguel seemed to shrug it off with a laugh. He’s getting close to opening his account, but it’s the work he does off the ball that brings so much to this Newcastle team.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 8
- After a slow start, Allan found his rhythm and was again a force to be reckoned with. He came ever so close to scoring his first goal as he hit the crossbar in first-half. However, that moment seemed to awaken the Newcastle team. They had been growing into the game, but Allan’s miss seemed to spark another gear. It was only a few minutes later that Saint-Maximin’s blocked shot was attacked by a flying DeAndre Yedlin for the first goal. He had a run through the Bournemouth defense in the second half that should be displayed in a gallery. Saint-Maximin again had a one on one with the keeper as he flew past the Bournemouth defender on a Shelvey through ball. This time however, he was thwarted by an excellent reaction from the Bournemouth keeper. He’s getting closer and closer to his big breakthrough, and we can’t wait until it happens.
Joelinton – 6
- It was another frustrating day for the big Brazilian but for a different reason. The common theme this season has been that Joelinton is too isolated and does not get enough chances on goal. He’s usually feeding on scraps leaving him a frustrated figure on the pitch. Today was a different story. Joelinton had just three shots in Newcastle’s last five games, but yesterday he managed to get four shots away. However, they were all poor efforts. Joelinton was also hit or miss in his hold-up play. Sometimes he would beautifully caress a ball at his feet and maintain possession to find a teammate. Other times his first touch let him down, and he gifted possession back to Bournemouth. It’s yet to come together for the 23-year-old. The building blocks are there for a very good striker, but he needs to continue to work to complete the package.
Paul Dummett – 7
- Paul came into the side for the injured Jamaal Lascelles. It was a committed effort for the local lad as one would expect. He did mistime a header in the box that led to a chance. However, he did a fairly good job on Josh King throughout the game. He showed his pace as he tracked the Norwegian on a break to put in a perfectly-timed challenge. It was good to see Paul back on the pitch for Newcastle.
Andy Carroll – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating, but Carroll was amazing when he came on for Joelinton late in the game. Carroll made a few clearances and even a crunching tackle in the box. He took a boot to the head from a Bournemouth attacker attempting a bicycle kick. It was a committed defensive effort and exactly what was required to keep the slim lead.
Christian Atsu – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating. Atsu came on for the last few minutes for Allan Saint-Maximin. However, he barely got a look in as Newcastle sat back to defend against Bournemouth’s push for the equalizer.