This was the team for the 2-1 win against Southampton, including the three second-half substitutions.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Martin Dubravka – 8
- Dubravka was again in fine form on Sunday afternoon. He made two early saves on Nathan Redmond that could have changed this game had one of them gone in. Martin also commanded his area with prestige. While Southampton did not force Dubravka into too many saves as they only got 4 of their 19 on target, he was under pressure and always ready when needed.
Javier Manquillo – 7
- It’s three out of three for Manquillo. The Spaniard was again solid going forward and defensively sound. He got forward and provided a needed outlet. While his crosses were poor, he put in another good display.
Fede Fernandez – 6
- Federico had a bit of a mixed display today. In the first half, he struggled with Southampton’s pace. Fede was also one of the main culprits in the early goings with playing far too many long balls. He was held off by Danny Ings on Southampton’s goal but was not done any favors by Fabian Schar. However, the 30-year-old was still dominant in the air and made some key clearances. He was in the right place at the right time for the winning goal.
Ciaran Clark – 6
- Clark was forced to leave at half-time due to a calf injury. He may have been one to rest as he’s played 11 games in the last two months for club and country. He made some blocks and clearances and was one of Newcastle’s better players in a poor first half.
Paul Dummett – 7
- Paul was again a warrior and has the scars to prove it after getting smashed in the face in the second half. He did well to track a Shane Long run early in the game that went out for a goal kick. It was another typical display from Paul Dummett who battled to the end despite being under threat in the first half.
Jetro Willems – 4
- Willems is obviously suffering the effects of the heavy schedule. With Matt Ritchie out until January, there’s no one behind him to come in. He seems exhausted both physically and mentally. Sunday’s match was his ninth straight start in two months. Last season at Frankfurt, he only made 7 starts in the league for the entire season. We’ll give Jetro a bit of a break, but he was very sloppy today, and his back pass to Fernandez in the first half was regrettable. Luckily, Martin Dubravka was there to save the day. However, he did help keep Moussa Djenepo under wraps and was involved in our attacks.
Jonjo Shelvey – 7
- Jonjo represents the Jekyll and Hyde nature of this club perfectly. He’s maddening at times and rapturous at others. We saw both against Southampton. Jonjo struggled early and was sloppy like many of his teammates. However, he seemed to come alive with the introduction of Carroll. Shelvey was committed to getting the ball to Andy. As it turns out, Carroll whipped in a cross to Shelvey, who timed his leap perfectly to level the score. This wasn’t his best performance but he’s our in-form player right now and becoming a cult figure with his enigmatic displays.
Isaac Hayden – 7
- One of the few players to show up in the first half. He won some key free kicks early on. As always, he was a physical presence in the center of the park. However, Isaac was very negative in possession always playing the ball back rather than trying to create something.
Miguel Almiron – 6
- Miguel was again ineffective in the final third as nothing really came together for him. However, he was full of vigor and put in an impressive shift defensively. Almiron won the free-kick that lead to the first goal by taking a boot to the head from Cedric. He also got the in-form James Ward-Prowse on a yellow card to close the first half when he ran onto a Joelinton header.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 8
- Saint-Maximin was one of few players who put in a shift in the first-half. It was another one for the highlight reel when he beat Cedric to the byline and played a back pass into the box. The pass was headed straight for Almiron, but James Ward-Prowse just got a foot on it to spoil the play. That was one of the few chances created in the first half. Allan was battered and bruised all game again, and the Saints had about three men marking him. He took an Andy Carroll flick and was hauled down by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, leading to a caution for the Dane. However, the big worry is how serious is his hamstring injury. After the match, Allan thought it was a bad one but he’s an emotional player. It’s almost certain he’s out for the trip to Burnley on Saturday.
Joelinton – 3
- Our record signing’s confidence is absolutely shot. The difference in the team when Andy Carroll came on was immediate. Joelinton was not involved much and was again far too isolated. However, his hold-up play was poor against the Saints. He showed signs of improvement earlier this year but is starting to regress. We hoped the rest on Thursday would have given him a chance to reflect and get recharged. That didn’t happen on Sunday.
Fabian Schar – 6
- Schar’s ability on the ball paid immediate dividends in the second half. He’s a natural ball carrier from deep who can pick a pass. His presence limited the amount of wasted long balls that was so infuriating in the opening half. However, we have no idea why Fabian went out of his way to avoid making a play on Jack Stephens’ long ball for the Southampton goal. He has been out for close to 7 weeks and he’s a player who normally gets a lot of games for both Newcastle and Switzerland. So it may have just been a case of rust. Though other than that one moment, Schar was excellent and Bruce has to find a place for him in the starting eleven. We are a better side with the 27-year-old on the pitch. Clark or Dummett are just going to have to make way.
Andy Carroll – 9
- Despite playing just over 30 minutes, it was a Man of the Match performance from Carroll. He immediately changed the game and started to make things happen. They didn’t always come off but he showed an industry that was lacking before his introduction. Carroll is also working well with Shelvey, who seemed to spark into life when the big Geordie came on the pitch. Andy whipped in that brilliant cross that Jonjo got on the end of to level the game. It was two assists in the last two games for Carroll. He’s got to be first choice going forward but how long will he last?
Sean Longstaff – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch to give a rating. However, Sean did his job when introduced in the 84th minute for Miguel Almiron. He rifled in a shot in the 84th minute that took a deflection, and Alex McCarthy then spilled into the path of Fernandez for the winning goal. On the defensive end, the 22-year-old made a crucial block on a shot by Ryan Bertrand in the closing minute. There’s just no room for him at the moment with Jonjo and Isaac playing so well. Though with Allan Saint-Maximin likely out for the next few weeks and Isaac Hayden lacking any creativity going forward, maybe bringing Sean in to partner with Shelvey could be an interesting move. While we will lose Isaac’s steel defensively, it could help to offset the likely drop in chances without Saint-Maximin in the team.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Southampton?
- Martin Dubravka (37%, 1,091 )
- Andy Carroll (25%, 731 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (16%, 470 )
- Fede Fernandez (8%, 228 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (6%, 173 )
- Miguel Almiron (3%, 86 )
- Javier Manquillo (2%, 60 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 36 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 22 )
- Joelinton (1%, 20 )
- Jetro Willems (0%, 11 )
- Paul Dummett (0%, 8 )
- Ciaran Clark (0%, 7 )
- Fabian Schar (0%, 4 )
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