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Who Did Our Readers Select As Man Of The Match Against Bournemouth?

It was a second consecutive victory for Newcastle this past weekend. Much like the week before at West Ham, there were some excellent performances. Picking a Man of the Match has become a bit of a challenge lately. That is a promising sign that this Newcastle team is putting in such well-rounded displays.

However, there is one name that seems to rise to the top in our polls recently. That is the spirited winger Allan Saint-Maximin.

Our October player of the month has claimed his third straight Man of the Match poll after another sterling performance from the 22-year-old.

Last week, Allan collected almost 50% of the vote in winning the poll. This week it was a bit closer, but Allan has again been voted as the top Newcastle player.

Out of the 2,163 votes cast, Allan received 733 votes for 35% of the total votes. The Frenchman is getting so close to bagging his first goal for Newcastle. This game he came within inches as his first-half shot caromed off the crossbar. His second-half run through the Bournemouth defense was breathtaking.

Right-back DeAndre Yedlin made his first dent in one of our polls with his fantastic performance. He put in a very respectable showing with 24% of the votes. The high-flyer scored a crucial goal on Saint-Maximin’s deflected shot. He was up and down that right flank in what was a complete performance from the American.

Fede Fernandez received 15% of the vote as he took the mantle at the back when Jamaal Lascelles went off injured. Fernandez was outstanding as he cleared almost everything that Bournemouth pumped into the box.

This was a complete performance from the lads, and every man played a part. We are just so pleased with the past two performances and can’t wait for the trip to Aston Villa to see this team play again.

Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Bournemouth?

  • A. Saint-Maxmin (34%, 733 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (24%, 516 )
  • Fede Fernandez (15%, 322 )
  • Miguel Almiron (8%, 176 )
  • Ciaran Clark (8%, 172 )
  • Jetro Willems (5%, 98 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (3%, 65 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 26 )
  • Martin Dubravka (1%, 14 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 12 )
  • Andy Carroll (0%, 10 )
  • Paul Dummett (0%, 8 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 7 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 5 )

Total Voters: 2,164

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24 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Poor Yedders. Scored the winner, flying through the air with all the grace and irresistible force of a hurled brick, never put a foot wrong, showed effort, desire and no lack of skill and still doesn’t get the MotM award.

    Next time Yedders, next time.

    I think he may be our most improved regular player over the last two seasons, probably just edging out both Hayden and Atsu.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #4

    So far on GBaC (Give Bruce a Chance) we have one “keep us in the league” and one improve slowly and get further in the cups and slowly progress up the league.”. Any more fine ambitious expectations anyone? This is your chance to tell everyone what you expect Bruce to be given a chance on, don’t be shy, open to everyone.

  • martoon

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #5

    RobLeenio @1 – At the game I didn’t pick up on Yedlin’s performance apart from his goal obviously – so it must have been more apparent on TV. While ASM caught the eye I thought Fernandez was a beast – he seemed to either get his head or block everything coming into the box and even go up with the attack occasionally!

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #6

    If it helps we could make it multiple choice:-

    1/ By all means necessary ensure Survival in the PL

    2/ solidify NIFC into a safe, form mid table PL club. Not necessarily win cups or qualify for Europe.

    3/ Compete for European places and/or win a cup, any cup.

    There you are don’t say i didn’t help. 😀

    Pick your number state your case.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    NIFC being Nufc. It’s a real dodgy one the “i” isn’t it Bills son? 😉

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #8

    And geordietom it’s not about being negative. It’s about not being lulled into comfortable mediocrity. If you think we deserve this you are woefully easy to please, a gift to Mikey.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Tsunki, why don’t you tell us what you would expect from any other manager, including Rafa, so we know by what standards you’re judging Bruce?

    After all, given the constraints he was working under nobody expected Rafa to achieve Champions League football, an FA Cup win or a top 6 finish any time soon.

    I think “improve slowly and get further in the cups and slowly progress up the league” was probably the extent of what most people wanted and expected from Rafa, without a change of ownership, so it seems a little disingenuous to sniff at people wanting the same from Bruce.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #10

    Really Rob? Don’t you think the problem is that Ashley’s NUFC was the reason why Rafa would be hampered from getting into competition? And why Rafa left? And why Bruce is here?

    I’ve no doubt, and I expect many others too, that Rafa GIVEN BACKING would have had us challenging for competitions by the end of this season or the next. That is the problem. The acceptance of Ashley’s policy means accepting Bruce under that policy – a two edged sword of disappointment that so many are starting to get comfortable with because we are hacking wins with defenders and filling our box until the ball gets run or hoofed forward. And some call this “stellar”. 🙂

    Here we are then, instead of thinking Rafa was going to be here this season with a transfer budget to kick on and start nudging the big boys, we are many steps back to “surviving” and slowly working our way up the table ” and “going further on cup runs”. Wow. Just…wow. how quickly we forget.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #11

    “It’s about not being lulled into comfortable mediocrity”

    We’re not ‘lulled into’ it – it’s where we are and where we will be for the foreseeable. We know the reasons why, and it’s not because of Bruce.

  • Mindshaft

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Think Yedlin looks slightly improved because miggy puts in a ton of defensive work and covers for him a lot … Perez used to defend from the front and midfield whilst miggy actually gets back and offers cover

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #13

    So, Tsunki, you’re judging Bruce against what Rafa MIGHT have done under an owner who gave a sh!t? Seems a little harsh, considering Rafa left because he wasn’t going to be backed so it was never going to happen.

    I’ll say it again, we know who the problem is and it’s not Steve Bruce.

    As it stands, we’ve made a better start to the season than we did last time out, with a squad and set of tactics based on what Rafa left us and added to with ASM, Willems, Krafth and Joelinton to varying degrees of success. Had Rafa stayed, we may have had different additions to the squad as it would have meant he had control of the transfer policy. I would have vastly preferred that, but it’s not going to happen.

    So, tell me what you think Rafa would have achieved this season given the constraints that he would have had to contend with had he stayed, and we’ll measure Bruce against that. It’s as arbitrary as the demands you’re making and I promise I won’t get sniffy when you give me a straight answer.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Nov 11, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #14


    If Bruce finishes mid table after losing our two top goalscorers, having them replaced with two young untested Prem players and another young forward, Almiron, who between them currently have one goal, and having to face a barrage of often vindictive criticism, falling crowds and Arsenal, Man U, Leicester, Chelsea and Spurs in his opening nine matches…

    Then I think he will have done a damn good job.

    And exceeded the expectations of 80% of fans.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #15

    I’m very surprised that you went to all that time and trouble, stat finding etc to show that Bruce wasn’t just grateful for the job. Surely you must have known I meant a job in the PL, the pinnacle of management, others have been plucked from the Championship in the past but it’s because an owner has admired their style or their having an eye for a player, can you give any thoughts on what Bruce has done over the last five years that would have another PL club paying compo for him, do you think Sheff Utd or Villa would want him back, do you think he would be the first port of call if Eddie Howe was remarkably given the Arsenal job, the answer is no, no and no. He has been brought here so the owner can try and prove you don’t need to pay a top manager with fancy idea’s just to stay in the league.

  • RobLeenio

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Jail, why are you asking random, irrelevant and hypothetical questions re who else would want Bruce? The fact is that likely none of them would, but Norwich might have done when they realise that they’re going down the plug hole, or Southampton, or….

    Anyway, the point is that none of us wanted him either, but he’s here and he’s doing a better job than expected so in my eyes he deserves a little credit, at least for the moment. That’s all I’ve been saying all morning.

  • Big Archie

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Jail For Ashley – do we really give a toss what Bruce has done in the last five years? At this point are we not more interested in what he’s doing now? Which, despite the whinging of his detractors is actually much better than Rafa did in the same situation over the last 2 years.

    OK – some teams will figure out how to deal with Almiron and St Maximin, and then our level of performance might drop down to Rafa-esque levels, but we’ll deal with that particular hurdle when we get there.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #18

    In Bruce we trust.

  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #19

    And because of him we will finish top 10.

  • geordietom

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Tsunki …

    you come on here with your airs and graces . and your pic of sunderland colours on a Newcastle united blog …

    not easy pleased just glad wor team is doing ok at the moment …

    to THE WIFE, NEIL AND DR ED can you kindly ask Bleatin’ n Bruced aka Tsunki remove his gravatar please …

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Tsunki the comment you made about not accepting SB until he won you someting or got into europe clearly exposed you fir what you are. It was a ridiculous comment but clarified your stance well and educated us all about you. You will have noted the large number of stars that Billson and others have got for their fairer position on the issue. Besides getting Rafa back from his 6m non entity club mid table existence in China, can you clarify exactly what you want on the management side?

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Tom absolutely 100%. Tsunki has gone frkm being a populist rafa taliban priest to being a cranky hater of anything that isnt rafa. And the blog has him and Jail sussed.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 11, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #23

    Jail you are turning into roger irrelevant. Do u think madrid want rafa. Or chelsea. Or liverpool? Nope. Arsenal will want a new boss soin. Maybe they will go for him but the fans will kill him for his ‘compact’ mantra. I waz told by a leicester fan that they went for Rogers and not rafa for his style of football and man management. I dont see a reason to disagre. Rafa is v good but you became obsessed and deified him, hilariously.

  • geordietom

    Nov 11, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #24

    i for one at the start of the season was one of Steve Bruce’s biggest detractors but he’s done better than i thought he would . he’s our manager/coach i’am not saying everyone should get behind him as it’s never gonna happen . at least give him a chance. if he’s balls it up then you can start having a go . as much as we all loved Rafa he’s never coming back . playing decent football healthy position in the table (for now) …


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