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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

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #41

    TOOL22 …

    for god sake give it a rest will you …

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #42

    Change your name to nit-picking fanny
    It was 63 under 50,000
    When a stadium capacity 51k has 49,937 in it
    it is rammed

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #43

    50000 or close to it is pretty solid though. I dont know if it was the chinese students etc but if the club starts getting close to 50k then thats pretty significant given that the football isnt exactly brazil from the 70s. If ashley stumps up with a proper striker and maybe an attacking rwb then more will come back. There again ashley and £££…..

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #44

    You must understand that a blogger like
    toon22 who hasn’t an original thought in his
    head , actually thrives on annoying folk.
    Best to pretend your in a hot country with
    a mozzy buzzing around your head.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #45

    On the subject of not being a fan unless you watch, attend or listen to every fan is absurd. Myself being born and bred in Newcastle and mid 30’s and having had a season ticket for 25 years up until 4 years ago, decided other things were more important. What for those with other commitments ie work or family, are they also not classed as fans?

    For myself it’s also not a priority it once was. Something to do with having mick taken out of us fans for 13 years and taken for mugs, however each and to their own I suppose.

    Great result yesterday and lads played well. HWTL

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #46

    what we need is a mobile forward to play off Joelinton , some may say we have one in ASM i was thinking more like Beardsley . ASM Walker on his arse quite a few times yesterday i’d leave ASM where he is try and get another forward in january but who do you drop ? …

    ps is my spealing ok …


  • investinyouthtoon

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #47

    Should have read “On the subject of not being a fan unless you watch, attend or listen to every match is absurd”

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #48

    For myself it’s also not a priority it once was.

    So you too are a lip service fan

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #49


    TOOL22 picks up on what other people say on here and just bangs on about it all the time , Mozzy’s dont bother me when i’m abroad mate but the frog cant stand him it her , maybe that’s why he does it to get up peoples noses …

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #50

    Remember when Mary Whitehouse tried to get
    Lady Chatterley’s Lover banned
    When asked on the BBC what passages she objected
    to she replied
    “I would never read such filth !!!!”


    lesh admitted he knew nothing of the match but still pompously
    gave his opinion on the crowd and players

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #51

    i dont get to the matches now but i do watch every game ( yes i stream them ) . i used to go to every home game and some away games when i lived up there . more than likely get shot down for saying this if i still lived up there i’d be at every match . why because Newcastle is in my blood. i dont slag people off for going or not going ( only the frog ) it’s up to people what they want to do …

  • investinyouthtoon

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #52

    I am if that’s what you’d prefer to call us fans like that. Personally I’d prefer to call it disillusioned fans.

    There was a time when I’d jump through rings of fire to attend the game, however having the club I love being reduced to 17th is success in these times of TV money galore is heart wrenching.

    I am not having a go at those fans that attend (as in an ideal Ashley free world I’d still be there) it’s those who moan and have a go at the protestors who really gets my back up.

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #53

    Bruce post match
    “Almiron was outstanding. And Saint-Maximin – the way we play is difficult for them because we’re 50, 60 yards away from goal when they pick it up.
    But, the team, I believe, is suited to be set up the way we are. There’ll come a day when we’re higher up the pitch.”

    I can’t wait for that day !

  • toon22

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #54

    Hiya JIB

    We’re sick of shills like yourself defending Jabba

  • toon22

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #55

    We are a tat shop advert that’s making him money

    Football has nowt to do with it anymore

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #56

    TOOL22 …

    talk football for a change , who’s the frog today which one of your alt’s is doing the morning shift …

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #57

    i remember, i think it was against arsenal, that St Max put a great ball across but Joelinton was nowhere to be seen.
    I thought then that he isn’t a natural CF and against Norwich he also missed an absolute sitter. maybe he would shine in another position but certainly not as a CF / goal scorer.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #58


    ” You must understand that a blogger like
    toon22 who hasn’t an original thought in his
    head , actually thrives on annoying folk.”’

    The irony is going though the roof.

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #59

    Jib, SJP has a capacity of 52,405 not 51,000 – guess you would never know that watching on dodgy streams non stop – jeez , talk about know nowts on this blog

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #62

    Wolves vs Sheff U looks the pick of this afternoons fixtures
    Who would have thought that 3 years ago !!!!!!

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #64

    Oooh pick me up on 1400 fans
    You’ve really shown me up there
    Well googled btw
    as I said you are a nit-picking fanny

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #65

    I saw that in the Mag
    It just shows what a bunch of small-minded bitter
    pseudo fans run what is “supposed” to be a fanzine
    the best comment was
    ” ‘Where has the other £28m of the Newcastle United transfer budget gone?’
    Nowhere… Terrible, terrible article.”

    Strange article to post less than 24 hours after a battling
    draw versus the current PL Champions

  • IrishRob

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #66

    Lovely assessment Neil, you had it all bang on except maybe md personally I would have given Miggy 7. We need to stop focusing on his inability to score and look at the absolute plethora of other things he does for the team.

  • Jib

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #67

    If Lejeune and Schar are close to full fitness
    Jamaal Lascelles may find it hard to force his
    way back in come the new year.

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #68

    Joelinton would probably be more comfortable in a 442, as a second striker. Which is coincidentally where all three of our front line have played most of their football. It is reminiscent of Everton buying 4 #10s a couple of seasons ago and they still have not recovered.

  • TomaKaThor

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #69

    Still haven’t given up on Joelinton, but it’s blatent he isn’t going to score as a lone striker…we never should of sold Mitrovic,always rated him

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #70

    jib …

    to be honest i thought the same as you , question is there any money gone missing from the club . dunno my self i’m not a accountant . thats why i put TOOL22 on the case mate …

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #71

    toma …

    point is mate would Mitro score in this set up ?…

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #72

    question to put out there , with this guy selling his shares does it sound/seem that he’s coming in with a bid for us ? GACP Sports’ CEO, Joseph DaGrosa…

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #73

    YOU are the most annoying character on this blog!
    You obviously weren’t in SJP yesterday as it was far from “rammed”.
    They must be doing as Arsenal and counting the empty seats of season ticket holders!
    For a guy with so much to say I can’t believe you think the ground capacity is 51k when it’s well over 52k!
    Regards other bloggers comments about Joelinton; goal scorers are born, not made. You can coach them on positional play, runs etc but they have to possess an instinct to score. Unfortunately Joey hasn’t got it and playing at SJP must be very daunting especially when the no9 shirt is so coveted ! £40 million!!!!

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #74

    Billionaire linked with Newcastle United takeover set to move on amid ‘new investments’ rumours

    Billionaire Joe DaGrosa could be bought out of Ligue 1 Bordeaux with the club’s majority shareholders keen to fund new investments.

  • lesh

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #75


    Your work involves the use of the internet does it?

    What’s your job then, voluntary revenue booster for Google?

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #76

    Lindisfarne @68: But Joelinton is quite immobile as well; unlike others on our roll.

  • geordiegav1987

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #77

    I like joelinton but i don’t think he’s good enough to be the focal point of our attack, i feel that he’d play better in a system that deploys two strikers. The formation we are using seems to get the best out of the rest of the team though and with how much he cost us i can see why bruce is giving him every chance to come good, but at some point he will have to be dropped to the subs bench for a game or two because he just doesnt seem to be showing any signs of improvement. Struggling to score is one thing but struggling to get a shot on goal is unacceptable for a forward carrying such a big price tag. With the f.a cup coming up in january and knowing our woeful recent history in cup competitions i feel that we should give someone else a chance up front(maybe a forward from the youth squad), even if only for one game. I’d love to see a similar set up to yesterday with almiron switched to the left , atsu starting on the right, and asm up front. I’d love to see how asm would fare in a striking position, it may be that he would feel out of his comfort zone but surely he will register some shots on goal (which would be an improvement over joelinton’s recent form), plus I’d really love to see how panicky the opposition team would be with two pacy wingers in atsu and almiron and the bolt of lightning that is allan saint maximin terrorising there defense…. a man can dream. On another note, absolutely smashing performance against city yesterday. I can’t remember how long it has been since i watched one of our matches and felt so much pride, we never gave up …coming from behind twice in the game to level out the score(and doing it against city just makes it all the more impressive). I celebrated that point like a win as I’m sure many of you did. I was one of Bruce’s biggest doubters at the start of the season but credit where credit is due, he’s doing as good as we could hope for with a team that has glaring attacking deficiencies. Howay the lads, lets get a unbeaten run on from now through christmas please.

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #78

    When Mitrovich gets a good chance to score he does 9 times out of 10. He’s a quality finisher but didn’t follow Rafa’s instructions. However you have to ask how did we finish up with Joelinton when we had Rondon and previously Mitro?
    Joey cost the same as the two put together!

  • geordietom

    Dec 1, 2019 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #79

    moonraker …

    i know Mitro is a good finisher looks like he didn’t fit in to Rafa’s plans mate …

    or didn’t take advice …

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 1, 2019 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #80

    Could protect a (£40M) aircraft carrier with a flotila of destroyers. Just that we only (£20M) frigates. And that it’s a small navy (only 11 players and not enough bench strength); an aircraft carrier itself was unaffordable.


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