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Our Player Ratings For 0-2 Win At Sheffield United

This was the team for the hard fought 0-2 win at Sheffield United, including the three second-half substitutions.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 9

  • Martin Dubravka made two tremendous stops in the first ten minutes that really set up the victory. He commanded his area with authority and was just brilliant tonight. Got hurt early in the second when he was collided into. Despite being hobbled, he was still able to save an Oli McBurnie header going into the top corner. It was just a super display from the Slovakian.

Javier Manquillo – 7

  • The 25-year-old delivered a terrific cross that Allan Saint-Maximin was able to get on the end of for the first goal. Manquillo defended well despite the entire team being under pressure for much of the game. It’s Javier’s second solid game in succession, and he has made a case as our top right-back at the moment.

Fede Fernandez – 7

  • This was another excellent display from Fernandez. He made some key clearances early and was a warrior at the back all game. The 30-year-old was outstanding defending set-pieces. Sheffield United found it hard to break Newcastle down, and Fede had a lot to do with that. He also carried the ball out on occasion and got into the box in our few attempts with possession in the opposition final third.

Ciaran Clark – 7

  • Clark was also stout defensively and made some key clearances. He’s growing into the central role of the back three and was crucial in keeping the backline so difficult to breakdown.

Paul Dummett – 6

  • Paul has come back into the team and despite a poor display at Aston Villa has been very good in the last two matches. He played the long ball to Andy Carroll that led to the second goal. As he always does, he flung his body around to block shots and put in the tackles.

Jetro Willems – 6

  • Jetro was quiet today in attack but was impressive defensively. He didn’t quite make it work with Allan Saint-Maximin on the left. However, Jetro got stuck in defensively and helped to keep Newcastle’s backline hard to penetrate.

Jonjo Shelvey – 7

  • Well, the stand-in captain comes through again. Like last week, Jonjo struggled a bit with his lack of mobility but made the plays that helped Newcastle get a result. Jonjo sat too deep and didn’t press enough but he worked very hard. He also made some passes from the back to relieve the constant pressure. He wasn’t as wasteful in possession either as he kept his passes a bit more measured. The second goal was a moment of genuine brilliance from Jonjo. He kept his head, understood the situation, and picked up his 4th goal of the season.

Isaac Hayden – 6

  • Hayden shielded the backline like a warrior which we’ve become accustomed to. He put in some crunching tackles that some Blades surely will be feeling for the next few days. Hayden wasn’t able to do much going forward though he did on occasion and it produced a couple of threats. Another typical Isaac Hayden display.

Miguel Almiron – 6

  • Miguel’s work rate was simply outstanding. He tracked back and helped Manquillo all night long. He got forward on occasion and provided an outlet at times. However, not much came of his jaunts forward. This one for Miguel was about his commitment to the cause. He did what was needed for the win. He did commit a foul on the edge of the area to give Sheffield United a free-kick just before half-time but it came to nothing.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 7

  • Saint-Maximin fought hard to win the header and bag his first goal for Newcastle. Allan was forced into a lot of defensive duties on Thursday, which limited his ability to get forward. He was also obviously carrying a knock which affected his explosiveness. However, he got what turned out to be the game-winner and was completely committed defensively.

Andy Carroll – 6

  • Carroll put in the committed performance you would expect from a Geordie making his first start for Newcastle in 9 years. He worked his socks off but is not a 90-minute player at the moment, and that started to show halfway through the second half. Carroll couldn’t press consistently and was becoming a bit of a passenger until he got his assist on the second goal. He also played a part in the first goal by laying off the pass to Manquillo who whipped in the cross. The striker also was dominant in the air by winning a number of his duels.


Joelinton – 5

  • Joelinton came on and freshened up the Newcastle frontline. He did very well holding up the ball late in the game. However, he had some opportunities to create chances for either himself or his teammates that he just didn’t pull off. It was a solid run-out for the second half subsitute. It will be very interesting who starts at striker on Sunday against Southampton.

Christian Atsu – n/a

  • Not enough time on the pitch to give a rating. Atsu, like Joelinton, offered a fresh pair of legs late in the game. He didn’t really have much opportunity to do anything of note but was committed to the cause as always.

Emil Krafth – n/a

  • Not enough time on the pitch to give a rating.


Who Was The Man Of The Match At Sheffield United?

  • Martin Dubravka (75%, 1,782 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (6%, 132 )
  • Federico Fernandez (5%, 121 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (5%, 108 )
  • Andy Carroll (3%, 68 )
  • Ciaran Clark (2%, 59 )
  • Javier Manquillo (2%, 56 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 28 )
  • Miguel Almiron (1%, 12 )
  • Joelinton (0%, 6 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 6 )
  • Jetro Willems (0%, 5 )
  • Paul Dummett (0%, 5 )

Total Voters: 2,388

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87 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #1

    first 15 games last season

    W3 D4 L8 GF12 GA20 GD-8 League Position 14

    this season

    W5 D4 L6 GF15 GA22 GD-7 Leauge Postion 11

    Rafa Had 3 seasons with the squad to achieve that, and IMO far better squad, both Perez and Rondon both established players inn the Prem.

    Bruce has had 4 month with the same owner, most of the fans against him, and a crap front line, who may come good, but Bruce has to give them time to get up to speed.

    Rafa failed at his 3 clubs before he joined us, he failed big time with us, but people are blinded by there hate for Ashley to see it. Rafa is failing big time in China, he is meant to be world class, but if you look at the facts, he is no better than Bruce.

    We have a mid table squad, A good manager will keep us Mid table, a poor manager will relegate us, a world class manager should push to 6th-8th.

    but dont let facts get in the way of your fantasy of him being a great manager

  • martoon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #2

    A great result but without sounding churlish we weren’t the greatest to watch. Jon Jo did very well for his goal but if I was a SU fan I’d feel very aggrieved but as I’m not get in. I thought ASM was limping for most of the game and difficult to imagine he’ll be fit for Sunday.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #3

    China Super League predictions before Rafa Took the job

    Dalian Yifang

    Manager: Choi Kang-huei (since February 2019)
    New signings: Marek Hamsik (Napoli), Emmanuel Boateng (Levante), Zhao Xuri (Tianjin Tianhai), Yang Shanping (Tianjin Tianhai), Zhao Mingjian (Hebei CFFC), Li Jianbin (Shanghai Shenhua), Alex Akande (Yanbian Funde)
    Key signing: Marek Hamsik. Quite the coup to attract the Slovakia skipper from Napoli, where he left as a legend.
    Marek Hamsik completes Chinese Super League move from Napoli to Dalian Yifang, says lawyer
    Players out: Jin Qiang (Shenzhen FC), Wang Wanpeng (Yinchuan Helanshan), Duvier Riascos (released), Dong Honglin (Chongqing Lifan), Nico Gaitan (Chicago Fire), Wang Liang (Dalian Chanjoy)
    Last season: 11th
    Prediction: 7th

    League position right now with a world class Manager, 9th,

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Yea sure. Bruce is the best in the world. Oops! My mistake. McLaren was (is) the best. Bruce is a very close second.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Great three points. But not a great performance. Very very similar to many games I criticised under Rafa. The difference at the minute is the more attacking players have been given that little bit more freedom from defensive duties, and it shows in that we offer more threat in attack.

    If you would not hear a bad word said aboit how Rafa set up, then you should have no complaints with last night. If you criticised Rafa for conceding possesion amd ground, being overly defensive, then you should be doing the same of that Bruce performance last night.

    Delighted with the 3 points, a long way to go, and a lot of work still to be done, but we are in decent shape, and Bruce is proving effective, if not thrilling.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #6


    from last night, you asked how many times Rafa conceded 3 or more goals, so i have gone and checked that for you.
    Rafa had 86 premiership matches with NUFC, won 27 D21 Lost 38, and of those 86 games, he lost 12 by 3 goals or more.
    Newcastle 02:03 Liverpool
    Liverpool 04:00 Newcastle
    Newcastle 00:03 West Ham
    Man Utd 03:02 Newcastle
    Man City 03:01 Newcastle
    Newcastle 02:03 Leicester
    Chelsea 03:01 Newcastle
    Newcastle 00:03 Watford
    Man Utd 04:01 Newcastle
    Newcastle 03:00 Swansea
    Southampton 03:01 Newcastle
    Norwich 03:02 Newcastle.

    thats not as good as you thought

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Well said catchy for comment number 1.

    Look at the table, and compare the two seasons.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Add to the first para* it also shows in that we are conceding more chances.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9


    its not apples for apples though, Rafa is meant to be a far superior Manager, and there for we should expect more from him.
    Rafa got 6 million, Bruce gets 1 million, thats the Value in monetary terms. 6 x better

  • investinyouthtoon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Fab result last night 3 massive points. HWTL.

    catchy what are you harping on about again with your rafa bashing? St max and almiron are more than you and others are giving them credit for, both open up teams and create spaces for others to play in. Agreed that Joe is no where near Rondon and maybe never will be the number 9 we desperately crave. Rafa was the past yet certain posters go on and on and on like a broken record saying Bruce is doing better than rafa and keep bringing Rafa’s name up. All I would say is give Bruce the credit when he deserves it and leave the comparing to the end ofor then season.

  • Small World

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Rafa invented it, Steve has perfected.

    Rope a Dope football.

    Anyone not old enough to remember the phrase should Google it.

    It sure as hell annoyed me when I saw Muhammad Ali doing it in the boxing ring. A once formerly great swashbuckling fighter reduced to putting the most effort in to avoiding the blows. Yep, sounds like our club too.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #12

    On another point, how much luck will Bruce have in getting Ashley and charmless to having squad quality improved and having academy and training facilities improved? I for one won’t hold my breath.

    The lads must now back it up on Sunday against the saints who are on a run of confidence lately

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #13


    Its not meant to be Rafa bashing, im just pointing out the hypocrisies ad Biases that many have on here.

    I not being harsh on any player, I like Almiron, I think the guy covers a lot of ground, and i do believe he will come good. Joe, needs bodies closer to him, to link up play, right now we lump it up to him with no help, he is expected to win the header turn and run, its not his game.

    ASM got his first goal, and Al got his first Assist, thats progress

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Dec 6, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #14


    The football is like for like and the passing is worse, theres no more attacking impetus than last year, despite what you and others claim.

    Its luck not good judgement that has those points on the board.

    We robbed Sheff utd last night, they pissed all over us but we danced off with 3 points.

    You can continue your agenda against Rafa with Munster if you desire, I for one am more concerned about our complete lack of movement and passing ability the complete lack of goals from the forwards was expected.

    When we’re playing the front foot attacking brand of football that Bruce said he wanted to implement then I’ll judge him on that, for now I’ll judge him on the shit show he’s served all season barring 2 games.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #15

    Of course it is apples for apples. It is a person doing the same job. It is a comment on the style of football, which bears no relation to the renumeration.

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #16

    People keep talking about more attacking freedom and its complete bollicks.

    Every match this season everyone has talked about the lack of support for Joelinton, last night Carrol won a header and there was no one there.

    Theres no more attacking threat under Bruce, we have a few more pacy players that get us up the pitch.

    To give the manager credit for giving us more of attacking threat is laughable, when you consider the goals and assists between them it’s even worse.

    Anyone claiming we attack more under Bruce doesn’t have a clue.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #17

    There is definitely more attacking impetus. Last year we went through games without a shot on target in the first half of the season. We are creating/getting more chances, and the attacking players have more freedom when we are in possession. If they could finish and had the experience of Rondon, we would be scoring far more. As it is, we have scored more with what has largely been an impotent strikeforce.

  • hibbit

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #18

    lucky enough to have been there last night for my second game of the season,
    got to love the traveling fans they just never shut up,absolutely amazing support from them from start to finish.
    a great win last night yes, but not a great game, and once again a great performance from Dubs,100% motm kept us in the game on so many occasions,
    just proves the old adage play to whistle full marks to Shelvey for his cool head (no pun intended)

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #19

    First 15 games – more goals, more chances created, more shots,a but not more attacking?

    I’m not happy with the style, I wasn’t when Rafa did it. It seems plenty of others were happy to praise or criticise Rafa for the same, but do the opposite when Bruce does it.

  • Bambams

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #20

    I did not want Bruce, it’s as simple as that.

    I have gone on record stating Harper rated Bruce up there with KK and SBR, this was said four or five years ago to me when I organised I football talk-in with Harps and my mucker Kev Carr.

    Harper said he was a great man manager and was tactically astute. He really enjoyed working with him.

    It’s still early days, we could still struggle this season but I for one will admit he has picked up more points than I thought he would at this stage.

    Credit where it’s due.

    (Still despise AshLIE and CharnLIE 🙂 )

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #21

    Rafa could scrape through with resources being stripped from underneath. I think many big name managers would have conked under those circumstances. He played a brand of football similar to what is being peddled now after £60M (net) or player purchases when he didn’t have the resources. Even then his defence (pretty much identical to what Bruce is deploying now) was tighter. By with reinforcements arriving in Jan, the football was not as dour IMO.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #22


    How can it be?

    That’s like saying a CF is the same as any other CF regardless of value, and that is simply not true.

    Shearer was a world record fee when we bought him, and he went on to score a boat load of goals.

    Same logic should apply to any position, you pay more you expect more.

    I wouldn’t buy a Skoda and expect it to beat a Bugatti.

    I don’t expect my 8 year old to know or do as much as my 21 year old.

  • Bambams

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #23

    I did not want Bruce, it’s as simple as that.

    I have gone on record stating Harper rated Bruce up there with KK and SBR, this was said four or five years ago to me when I organised I football talk-in with Harps and my mucker Kev Carr.

    Harper said he was a great man manager and was tactically astute. He really enjoyed working with him.

    It’s still early days, we could still struggle this season but I for one will admit he has picked up more points than I thought he would at this stage.

    Credit where it’s due.

    (Still despise AshLIE and CharnLIE )


  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #24


    #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Dec 5, 2019 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #12

    We conceded more goals away from home than any other team.

    You talk bollocks about Rafas defensive record, remind me how many times we got beat by 3 or more.

    where does it say remind me how poor our passing was ??

  • lochinvar

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #25

    Watch this team really grow as we acquire more points and find ourselves in a strong league position in January.
    Somewhere down the line some team will come to SJP and cop it from us – and this will happen when more points have been secured and the players can relax and play with more freedom.

    Play a bad shot in golf and put your ball in the water the first thing that happens is that you tense and then do exactly the same with the second shot.
    Learnt behaviour.
    Learn to win, get the points, relax and get even more points.
    Self fulfilling prophecy.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #26

    The difference with last season and this is that we had a midfield of five with Perez detailed to be the more advanced of them and central to support Rondon as the lone striker, as opposed to this season where we have a midfield of two and a nominal front three with the priority for ASM and Miggy being to drop back into the wide defensive positions, then bust a gut to get forward and assist Joelinton / Carroll.

    There is naturally a bigger gap between ASM and Miggy and Joelinton than there was between Perez and Rondon. Whereas last season Perez would often be the one who would take the first pass upfield and try to keep possession, this season it’s all on Joelinton.

    Rondon was able to anticipate Perez winning the ball and start to make his runs into the box. With Joe so isolated, he has to hold the ball for longer against more defenders and wait for his support runners, meaning he’s rarely in the box when he perhaps should be.

    There are tweaks which could be made – have one of ASM or Miggy pushed further up the field when the opposition are attacking on the opposite side, for eg. This would give another option for an ‘out’ ball and allow Joelinton to find space further up the field / make runs into the box without the ball.

    The big regret for me with regards Rafa is that he never had the options to work with in the attacking third that Bruce now has. I’m happy with the job that Bruce is doing, but I do wonder what Rafa could have done in the same circumstances.

  • Bambams

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #27


    Totally agree with that, we can but wonder what they would of been like under Rafa.

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #28

    Trying to say the traitor is a better manager than Rafa ?


  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #29

    Unused Substitute
    comment 21

    did Ashley strip his resources at Madrid>? or Napoli>? or Milan >?,, Rafa is now on 12 million a year is getting a 250 million state of the art training centre and is failing in china, he has had the best and failed,

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #30

    Funny how Catchys doin a Munster


  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #31


    It’s never Jabbas fault


  • Ron Knee

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #32

    Rafa’s team last season (+ Rafa), with the addition of Willems and ASM, would have been interesting to see.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #33


    at Madrid he had Benzema, bale, ronaldo, jese.. what was is excuse there

  • Bambams

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #34

    Morning fella, I am not suggesting Bruce is a better manager than Rafa – to me he is not in the same league.

    I will give him my backing and support though, maybe he will just prove a few of us wrong.

    Time will tell fella

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #35

    “Rafa never had the options to work with in the attacking third”. That’s nonsense in my view. He had Rondon and Perez all last season and Almiron later on. He signed Muto and Jacob Murphy for what was significant money at the time. Attacking players all of them. He inherited Mitrovic but didn’t have the football intelligence to use him properly. I hope I live long enough to see this ridiculous “Benitez cult” buried by facts and statistics as it surely will be.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #36

    catchy, I wasn’t aware he needed one. Maybe I’m missing something.

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #37

    Let’s pretend Rafa wasnt mugged off by Jabba
    That he didn’t make a profit from transfers for 3 years
    That Jabba didn’t just go hack to his dodgy deals through one agent

    Let’s pretend the traitor hasn’t got the 2nd worst record in prem history

    Let’s pretend it’s never Jabbas fault

  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #38

    Remember the same posters saying how we would have free flowing attacking football once Rafa left ?


  • toon22

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #39

    As this and every season with Jabba will be the same

    We have no ambition Other than to advertise tat shops and make Jabba money

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Dec 6, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #40

    Let’s pretend that for Rafa it hasn’t always been about money and personal glory.


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