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Our Player Ratings For The Win Against Southampton

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 )

Total Voters: 2,947

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35 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Dec 8, 2019 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #1

    Stunned at the minority view on Almiron, it’s as if goals and assists are all that matter to some. I’d take another 3 Almirons in our starting xi if it was possible.

    The work rate he gets through is amazing to say the least, often starting moves that lead to goals or winning free kicks / corners that lead to goals. Add to that the defensive work he puts in, yes he has a long way to go but the foundations are there of a really good player.

    Final 3rd he’s lacking confidence but it’s not a surprise that since he’s been in the team results have picked up big time.

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Almiron should be one of the first names on the team sheet, he helps manquillo out a lot and also starts a lot of our attacks.

    Stream I watched had some yank commentators which was terrible – they even had the cheek to say we were very effective at defending deep but the worst watch in the EPL !!
    Hard to argue, but better 3 points than an exciting defeat

  • carltoon

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #3

    NYmag, the atmosphere is always terrible where I sit. The football was so bad in the first half I nearly went home. Much better in the second, the crowd comes to life we we try. Probably less than 40.000. See Bruce saying going to give some tickets away. But well done him and the team, for me it’s all about the winning.

  • carltoon

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree about Almiron was my man of the match.

  • Sports Direct FC

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Our Toon

    If anyone was watching today they should have seen that many times, especially first half, Almiron was the only one with energy and busting his rear end.

  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #6

    NYmag, the atmosphere is always terrible where I sit.

    Maybe you frighten folk

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #7

    The comparison was between Keegan as manager of Newcastle and Rafa as manager, not including Keegan as player. Both great, Keegan obviously astonishingly so, in his first spell. But he was backed, where Rafa wasn’t, and over a career in management, it’s Rafa first, daylight second, between the two.

  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s a shame for Brendan Rodgers that his old club
    are running away with the PL
    Any other season they would be genuine contenders

  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Aye that Benny Daylight was a canny manager

  • carltoon

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Where’s Perez, not in the Leicester team? Is he injured.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #11

    I was thinking his more accomplished twin brother, Donny Daylight.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #12

    I said it earlier, and I stick by it, Almerion reminds me of Jonas the spider man, he didnt score many, but his work rate was phenomenal, even when P45 turned him into a DMC he worked so hard for the team.

    Miggy normally has to carry the ball to far and has to much time to panic, he needs less time to think, and just put his foot though the ball.

    I like him

  • NY Mag

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #13


    Thanks, I know I can always rely on you for an honest opinion!

  • carltoon

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Jib, ha ha I frightened the bar staff sitting in the lounge on my own, when Shelvey scored. Anyway platinum Club your frightened to open ya mouth. Hardly anyone there today.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #15

    In what way was Rafa not backed. More lies

    He spent over 120 million
    He never had any player he wanted to keep sold from under him

    Just because you say it, doesn’t make it true

  • NY Mag

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #16


    I know you were only joking…but sometimes it’s better to just keep Schtum and not type 🙂

  • carltoon

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #17

    NYmag did you watch it. So pleased we got the winning goal.

  • Sports Direct FC

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #19

    In what way was Rafa not backed. More lies

    Rondon wasn’t signed. Next question.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #20

    He really wasn’t backed, particularly when we came back up. He had a great squad by Championship standards, but only after reshaping on a negative net spend, which we duly won. He had a very modest squad in his two seasons back in the EPL, and re established us as a solid top flight entity with only modest additions, when pretty much every other club was spending far more.

  • carltoon

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Jib. Looks like he’s been found out. Too inconsistent for Leicester, they’ve got some great players.

  • carltoon

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Crikey red card overturned, didn’t realize that could happen!!! First ever.

  • Sports Direct FC

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #23


    You should know by now you cant says things that don’t fit catchy’s narrative.

  • carltoon

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Can we stop with the Rafa bashing. HE’S GONE. There was 50.000 fans supported him every home game, not only that he was absolutely loved. We’ve got a new manager now, critique him now please, and he’s doing very well.

  • Jib

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #25

    Rafa actually spent £145M on players in his time at NUFC

  • NY Mag

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #26


    Yes, i watched it – bit of a dour game to be honest (by both sides).
    Of course a win puts a different perspective on it 🙂

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Negative net 30 million in the Championship. Net 10 million first season back. Net 20 million the second season back, essentially spent on Almiron in the January window. Net spend zero, over three years on a squad that went down, with the remit to re-establish it in the top flight, delivered on, and when the competition were spending far more.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #28


    It’s a real shame that Rafa didn’t stay…..given that we are now generating enough money to possibly move forwards.

  • kc2012

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #29

    Catchy’s apparently a better football manager than Rafa Benitez pass it on.

    There’s just one small ‘catch’,

    Rafa Benitez – The only manager in history to win the Europa league, UEFA Super cup, Champions league and Fifa club World Cup.

    We’ll just leave this one where it is shall we.

    Sleep time, bye bye.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Dec 8, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Yes, we are looking up now, looking better, so long as we are run right. Rafa basically showed us the way forward, put a lot of good things in place. Bruce must push on with it and continue to do well and of course he must be backed with squads of appropriate depth, balance and quality. The money is there now.

  • Sports Direct FC

    Dec 9, 2019 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #31

    Goodnight all

    Happy with the 3 pts. may it continue next week.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 9, 2019 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #32


    Let’s hope so mate 🙂

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #33

    Amazingly Burnley while being battered by Spurs in London
    actually had more possession.
    Next Saturday at Turf Moor will they be demoralised or like
    a wounded animal ?

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 9, 2019 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #34

    Let’s just hope Dubravka maintains his form. And our opponents continue to alter against us.

  • NY Mag

    Dec 9, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #35


    It’s not like you to be around this late – you got jet lag or something?
    BTW, interesting stats on burnley, keep,it up 🙂


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