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Player Ratings For The Redemption Against Manchester City

This was the team for the well-deserved 2-2 draw against Manchester City, including the two second-half substitutions.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 8

  • This was a wonderful performance from Dubravka. He couldn’t be faulted for either goal though got close to getting a hand on the first one. His double save on Raheem Sterling and then Kevin De Bruyne in the second half was superb. He also commanded his area with confidence. His save in final minutes on Sterling saved us a point. Granted the shot was a bit tepid but Martin’s reflexes and strength were critical on such a short-ranged effort.

Javier Manquillo – 7

  • Have we found our best defensive right-back? Manquillo did a commendable effort on Raheem Sterling this afternoon. While he was a threat all afternoon, Manquillo did about as well as you could expect against the English superstar. Javier was involved a bit in Man City’s first goal as Hayden’s tackle in the box had the ball bounce off Sterling and then hit Manquillo as it went to David Silva, whose backheel found Sterling. Manquillo knew nothing about it, though. It was both a sloppy goal and a bit unfortunate. However, Manquillo held his own all game and also won the free-kick that led to Shelvey’s late strike.

Paul Dummett – 7

  • It was a bit of redemption from Paul Dummett after the Aston Villa game. We thought his inclusion in the team was a surprise decision as his presence, along with the other center backs this afternoon, is keeping Fabian Schar and Florian Lejeune out of the team. He was far better this afternoon, though he was still beaten on a corner that Fernandinho skied over the bar. That was a problem last week at Villa. Paul seemed to grow into the game and made some crucial blocks in the box.

Fede Fernandez – 8

  • Federico was our best defender this afternoon as he cleared everything that came his way. He battled Manchester City’s forwards and helped to keep Gabriel Jesus quiet. The Argentinian was also able to win a few headed clearances on Man City corners. Performances like this one will continue to keep Fabian Schar out the team.

Ciaran Clark – 7

  • Another excellent performance from Ciaran Clark and this time he did it leading the backline. He probably could have done better on the opening goal as he was flat-footed and couldn’t get clear the ball before Silva’s deft backheel found Sterling. He made a lot of clearances, interceptions, and blocks as we’ve grown accustomed to over the past few months. He was much improved from Aston Villa where we thought he could be in danger of losing his place.

Jetro Willems – 8

  • Jetro was outstanding this afternoon. He linked up well with Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron when the Paraguayan drifted to the left. The Dutchman took his goal superbly with his right foot. His defensive play was also very solid, and he worked very well with Paul Dummett to stifle Riyad Mahrez. He’s proven to be some signing this season. There are few better at his position in the Premier League, and Newcastle need to get him signed on a permanent deal as soon as possible.

Jonjo Shelvey – 7

  • Shevley’s leveler was a brilliant piece of magic that showed what he brings to the side. He battled off the ball, but his lack of quickness is a weakness when he is in the team. Fortunately, Isaac Hayden covers so much ground and can offset Jonjo’s lack of movement. However, he really worked hard this afternoon. He did waste a few enticing set-piece opportunities, though. We don’t want to be too negative with Jonjo. While he can be frustrating, he has qualities that no other Magpie possesses. If Steve Bruce can coax these types of performances out of the 27-year-old on a consistent basis then we should continue to put points on the board.

Isaac Hayden – 7

  • Hayden was all over the place for Newcastle this afternoon. He flew into challenges with precision and pressed Manchester City. Isaac also shielded the backline very well. His tackle on Silva led to the sequence of events for the first goal but it was a good tackle with some unfortunate bounces afterward. Hayden was a lot more involved than on Monday night at Aston Villa. He never stopped running and is such an important presence in this team.

Miguel Almiron – 6

  • This was a much-improved performance from the 25-year-old over Monday night. He worked his socks off and played a cool, collected pass to Willems for the first goal. It was his first assist as a Magpie. His face lit up when he ran over to celebrate with Jetro. Ever the willing runner, Almiron won some free kicks and was a crucial outlet. Even though his lack of threat on goal continues, it was another good performance from Miguel.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 7

  • Allan was again a big threat though he didn’t get off any shots of notice. His ability to carry the ball and beat his man is just so thrilling to watch. However, his delivery is still very suspect at times. Saint-Maximin won a fair few free-kicks in dangerous areas as Manchester City just couldn’t handle him at times. Kyle Walker, in particular, had trouble with the Frenchman. It was another thrilling highlight-reel of performance but with very little to show for it.

Joelinton – 5

  • Joelinton was just so frustrating to watch this afternoon. His first touch really let him down and was abysmal at times. However, when he could control the ball, he did well with finding outlets. He was also dominant in the air and won some free-kicks. The Brazilian is not getting into the box enough and again had no shots on goal. We need to see much more out of the 23-year-old.


Dwight Gayle – 6

  • Gayle did what was necessary when he came on to press Manchester City when they had the ball. Didn’t really get many touches but was a lively presence upfront. We were hoping his pace would come into play against a fatigued Manchester City defense but the opportunity never arose. He’s getting more minutes recently and should continue to as the season progresses.

Christian Atsu – n/a

  • Not enough time on the pitch to give a rating. However, Christian got his third assist this season on Shelvey’s goal. He weighted the pass perfectly for Jonjo to blast it into the back of the net. The 27-year-old has yet to let this club down this season whenever he’s come onto the pitch. He’s likely to remain a bit-part player however as Almiron redeemed himself this afternoon.

80 comments so far

  • wartongeordie

    Nov 30, 2019 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #1

    I think Joe needs time, everyone has to realise the Premier league is like no other and I think he will come good.
    When Rondon was up front on his own everyone said he didn’t get the service and was isolated, he didnt get the stick that Joe gets, be patient.

  • wartongeordie

    Nov 30, 2019 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #2

    And although he is a big unit, he’s only a kid.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Nov 30, 2019 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #3


    There’s a player in there alright but I just see too much work for him to do on his positional game to be the main focal point in attack… He’ll come good I think as a wide forward or with a little man off him up front but his game is suffering because of his isolation, I don’t see him getting into the threatening areas when we have it wide which is a big concern for a big number 9

  • dougie

    Nov 30, 2019 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #4

    An excellent point for the team today against the champions albeit they are only playing at 70 percent of what they can do.Just think what we could have been with proper investment for the last thirteen years instead of the mismanagement we have had to endure.Surely Joelinton needs to come out the firing line for the next match because the way we are set up at the moment he’s got no chance.Pele couldn’t score in this team.Nice to see Almiron finally get some reward for his work rate in the form of an assist.If only the parasite had some ambition for the club instead of just hoping we can get to 17th!The possibilities for this club are endless with the right mentality but unfortunately the yearly relegation scrap will continue under this ownership.Sports Direct FC is a zombie shadow of what NUFC could and should be.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 30, 2019 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, I’d think we’d do better with Carroll up there battling on his own, however who would do well under the circumstances, and at 40 million he is close to undroppable. We surely won’t spend that amount of money and not do everything we can to help him adjust.

    But why is he so isolated, when Rondon wasn’t so much last year?

    He could drop off a little. He surely doesn’t have to play off the shoulder of their last man, nor do we need to be knocking it long to him. He can come short and link up play.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 30, 2019 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #6

    I suppose he plays off the last man to keep the defensive pair back. We need to work on his movement, running the channels either side and holding the ball up or coming off his man into the hole to pick up the ball and link up play.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Nov 30, 2019 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #7

    He can trap a ball, head a ball, play a ball, lay a ball off but I don’t feel he busts a gut to get ahead of the play again making defensive players think about more on attacks, he wants to be involved in attacks, we need Andy Carroll for 90 mins bullying centre halves and creating space for Miggy and ASM, especially if they want to cut in. They’d probably be better on there stronger sides as orthodox wingers if Big Andy gets a run, to put it in the box.

  • geordie157

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #8

    Today was more evidence that Manquillo is better than Yedlin, was pleased to see him back in the starting line up.

    Fernandez was very good again, surely worth giving him a new contract. Shelvey hit n miss I thought but a great goal.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Interesting to note that lineker called Bruce a “good manager” and shearer said Bruce deserved a lot of credit and highlighted that he was 4 points up on rafa, this time last year. It looks like Steve has decided that jonjo is in, full stop

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Fernandez was a great signing by benitez. Tough player with good concentration.

  • l3wy

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Excellent result today another dent in city’s title hopes, watching cresswell’s goal for west ham think hes been watching Willems (vs liverpool) the way he cut in side to get his shot away

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Well Neil apologies but I think you marked shelvey down one and almiron down at least two. Almirons influence on the game was huge, while everyone was gawking at ASM (and rightly so) almirons work was first rate, either in stretching city’s back line or harrying defensively in midfield. The assist and the ghost ball across the box that joselinton didn’t bother catching the bus for alone would get him 7.

    Don’t normally criticise our blog Meister’s but this time:-

    Must try harder. 6/10

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Agreed Munster, Fernandez put his body in the way today he’s going to be tough to drop after this onem.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #14

    …this one. Spurious “m” there.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Joelinton won’t make it. He has no vision, no anticipation and does not make speculative runs gambling on defenders making mistakes. A proper striker would do all these things. He can’t be “isolated up front” and yet still not get into position when the ideal ball into the box (just in front of goalie, defenders facing their own goal) comes sliding along. The one almiron put in there today had a massive pink ribbon and a gift tag on it. Joelinton was ordering a burger at Byron’s. You could get clarky to do the job he did today. Only better. We are better off with the champo guy or the crock. That’s how good he is.

  • Nufc-83

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Biggest issue with Joelinton is there’s no desire to get into goalscoring positions. He never busts to get into the box when it’s out wide and when he is he lacks movement. He needs major work on his movement if he is to stay in the team as the central striker.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Joelinton almost seems happy not to commit to getting into goalscoring positions and seems ok with just pratting about nudging defenders and being a nuisance. All great but you can get any number of players to do that. He’s not exactly quick either which is another killer blow if you’re not positionally aware. I hate that I’m saying this about the lad but his price tag is deeply suspect.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Thing is as has been mentioned many times before, those who see players in training know what they need to do when it comes time to pick the players for the day. Bruce wasn’t swayed by the villa showing and stuck with shelvey, not to give him another go, but tactically because he knew city’s back line is protected by their majestic midfield and made to look better than it is. Good spot – I’ll give him that.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Nov 30, 2019 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #19

    He’s learning the role. He’s essentially a wider attacker playing as a target man, in the most competitive elite league in the world, at 23 years old, in a counterattacking lower mid table side. Hopefully Andy can help bring him along, but obviously if we signed him at all, it really should have been in addition to Rondon and not in place of him, and to add competition all across the front 3. Rafa reportedly said he wasn’t good enough, and if he did you’d have to think he meant not good enough to come straight in and be our main man up top.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 1, 2019 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #20

    Hard to know what the motivation was tsunki. It may be more simple, ie he wants passers like shelvey in the team so we can defend deeply and safely and still release Miggy. I dont trust jonjo’s lack of running power.

  • Charlietoon

    Dec 1, 2019 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d let the front three rotate freely and see what happens. We seem to be keeping the faith with them so why not.

  • kc2012

    Dec 1, 2019 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #22

    Almiron was better than a 6/10 Today come on.

    He played a huge part in both goals and for me it was one of his best performances for us and against one of the best footballing sides in the World. His first assist for the club too.

    The clear issue with Joelinton is that he’s too inexperienced to play that isolated striker role. Put Carroll in alongside him from the start or play him just behind Gayle and he will flourish. He’s no Salomon Rondon, so we can’t expect him to do what Rondon did for us. I agree he must do more to get into better positions but when your the only player on your team for 30 yards for 80 minutes of a match it must be difficult to keep motivated and switched on and his confidence must be shot to bits.

    Anyway, great performance from the lads.

    Oh and Manquillo is better than Kyle Walker, pass it on!

  • lesh

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:12 AM

    Comment #23


    Yes it was intended as a joke, after all, it was you who light-hearted made reference to the possible mis-spelling in the first instance.

  • lesh

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:13 AM

    Comment #24


    SJP may have been ‘rammed’ as you put it, but does that mean there were no comp tickets among the crowd?

    And for what it’s worth, you’re suggesting that not being there (as you weren’t I’d guess), watching or listening makes a difference to my affinity to Newcastle United? Sorry, but I’ve more important things going on in my life.

    Like many, I do have a life away from the PC.

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 1, 2019 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #25

    Others have shifted gear and we are 4 points above the relegation zone; last week the gap was 6. The gap is too close for comfort.

    The work rate of players barring a few (Joelinton, Gayle and to an extent Atsu) and the good fortune of Man City’s missing at least a couple of sitters got us a good point. However we still rely on individual players making exhausting (usually unproductive) box to box runs trying to sneak set pieces. Players continue to be deployed not according to their natural positions and tendencies. For instance, Almiron is more comfortable on the left. He, in fact, got his assist coming from left against Man City. Whenever we went wide against Man City we were more potent. Saint Maximin from right and Almiron on left could have given us that. Until that is appreciated we won’t combine into a well oiled machine and continue to scrape for points. That won’t be reassuring.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:08 AM

    Comment #26

    i think wed only see the best of joelinton.in a 4231 with a goalscorer added to the squad. last season he played with three 10 plus goal a season midfielders behind him so there wss a reason for him to hold it up. at the moment who is he holding it up for? if nobody gets near him its just running down the clock.

    i also said at the start of the season his touch is too poor to be CF in england. its the position that gets closed down quickest. he got away with it loads last.season in germany. i think he should be playing.wing or number ten while he adapts to pace of our league. im now certain hes never going to be a scorer. i think he has two goals in 2019 from 30ish games. two more than almiron!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 1, 2019 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #27

    i’m wrong. he has 4 goals this year. anyway, bruce needs to at least try to change something upfront. that is blindingly obvious.

  • cyprus

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:00 AM

    Comment #28

    The CF position needs to be addressed. This doesn’t necessarily mean we need another CF. Mitrovic experienced the same and was rejected by most although he’s definitely a good player, 26 goals this season. Rondon, also, till he got a few goals.

    That position is so isolated, almost no one can Excel unless he can take on a couple of defenders. Do we have that kind of player? Well yes, ASM. With Atsu, or Joel or Ritchie moving to his side.

    If we’re to use a CF as a holding player and target man only, do we have better than Joelington? Well yes, Andy.

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Great point. Watched it with a couple of fellow magpies too, which is always a bonus.

    Loved this guy https://ibb.co/4Vh7d04 imagine the convo, deep in injury time “Gis the ball”, “**** off Manc”. It amused me.

  • DubaiMicky

    Dec 1, 2019 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #30

    Sorry, before it’s picked up, it wasn’t in injury time, 22 seconds before the 90 minutes, but the sentiment is the same.

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 1, 2019 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #32

    Would agree that we need to move the front three around if Bruce is going to persist with them , Carroll is a non starter as he’s either injured or can only manage 30 mins max – poor decision to bring him back to toon but I presume Bruce was told there was no more money for transfers and he’s relatively cheap on wages

  • martoon

    Dec 1, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #33

    Although we got a lot of praise on MOTD the editing of our game was ridiculous. They didn’t show one of ASM’s runs as he was murdering Walker and the penalty appeal when he got injured.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #34

    The same phase of play seems to keep being brought up from yesterday by various posters about joelinton. The one where almiron put a good ball in from the left across goal but nobody was in the box.

    There are valid concerns to talk about with joelinton in the target man striker role but this instance is not one of them. He came deep, hit the ball out to almiron who then immediately sprinted forward and put the ball in.

    Why do some people expect joelinton to suddenly be quick enough to keep up with almiron? Not only that but to criticise him for it is a bit of a joke lol.

    There are times where he doesn’t sniff out a goal when he should or gamble but there are also times where he makes subtle movements where he wants a ball slipped through to him but it never comes. Either way, that occasion with almiron sprinting and getting the ball in, he was never going to get on the end of that.

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #35

    And for what it’s worth, you’re suggesting that not being there (as you weren’t I’d guess), watching or listening makes a difference to my affinity to Newcastle United? Sorry, but I’ve more important things going on in my life.”

    Playing the Premier League champions in an important game and easily
    watchable anywhere . I would say not taking 90 minutes out of your hectic
    schedule to view it , does mark you down as a lip service fan.

    As for spending time away from a pc – when my work involves the internet
    it’s kinda difficult – nay – impossible.

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona this evening could be
    It will be the first time the Catalan team have played
    in Spain’s capital since some of their regional deputies
    received draconian prison sentences for treason

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #37

    SJP wasn’t rammed , even the official attendance had it below 50000 – against the EPL champions it’s a poor show especially given Man City had sold out there allocation

  • toon22

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #38


    The rest of us arnt paid to post here


  • toon22

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #39

    How long do you think he can keep on giving away match tickets?

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #40

    still proud of the lads , we got two good goals , we should of had a pen Fernandinho straight red imo…


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