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 )
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