This was the team for our defeat at Turf Moor on Saturday, including the two second-half substitutes.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Martin Dubravka – 6
- Martin had very little to do in the first half other than push a Dwight McNeil effort wide for a corner. In the second, he was nowhere on the Ashley Westwood corner for Burnley’s goal. Chris Wood got to the ball while Martin was caught well out of position. He did very well to keep the score at just 1-0 by saving a one-on-one effort from Jack Cork.
Javier Manquillo – 7
- Manquillo was one of our better players. He did a decent job on Dwight McNeil though the young winger got off some dangerous efforts. Manquillo provided a decent outlet down the right, especially in the first half. However, his crosses were again lacking. It was a solid display from the Spaniard.
Fabian Schar – 5
- In his return to the team, Fabian was perhaps a bit rusty. He had a few decent passes from the back, though lacked the creativity we have grown accustomed too. Though one cross-field ball found Javier Manquillo in a good position down the right, but like almost everything today, it came to nothing. The 27-year-old was beaten by Chris Wood for the game’s only goal. The Burnley forward bullied Schar far too easy to get the game-winner.
Fede Fernandez – 6
- Fernandez was again dominant in the air and had some key clearances. He was also able to get forward a bit. But for some reason, he just lacked that extra tenacity that we normally see from the Argentine. It was a solid performance but not at the heights he’s reached previously this season.
Paul Dummett – 6
- Dummett had some key clearances and timely challenges. He was on the ball down the left more than normal but lacked anything of note in his long-range passes. Paul battled hard as he always does.
Jetro Willems – 5
- Jetro was strong defensively before being substituted in the 70th minute. He did not get forward too much but was playing behind Joelinton, who drifted inside quite a bit. Willems didn’t get a cross in as far as we could tell. The Dutchman is still struggling with fatigue after playing so much this season.
Isaac Hayden – 7
- Hayden pushed forward to try to create this afternoon in what is an unfamiliar role. He put a few decent balls into the box early on. Lacks the creativity of Shelvey and is much more suited to staying deep and putting in the crunching challenges. But Isaac did a decent job as he tried to fill Shelvey’s shoes.
Sean Longstaff – 4
- Sean Longstaff looked very rusty and lethargic in his first start since Wolves at the end of October. He didn’t do enough off the ball to press Burnley and was sloppy in possession. Jack Cork easily dispossessed Sean as he nonchalantly turned, thinking he had acres of space. Dubravka saved his blushes with a vital save on Cork’s subsequent shot. Longstaff’s set pieces were dreadful as he often couldn’t clear the first defender.
Christian Atsu – 4
- We were disappointed with Christian’s performance today. A couple of times, he seemed to overhit a simple touch in possession. Both times he regained the ball but it was just a lack of concentration on his part. Andy Carroll laid off a perfect ball to him as he charged into the box but at the last minute opted against a shot with his weaker right foot. In a game of very few chances, Atsu should have had a go. The Ghanaian created very little before being substituted for Yoshinori Muto late.
Joelinton – 4
- Playing on the left-wing for Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton did not get the boost of confidence that Bruce had talked about in his press conference. Joelinton did precious little today. He’s vastly different from the injured Frenchman and played like a wider version of what he’s shown this season. He did deliver a gem to Dwight Gayle that the poacher should have scored on. That pass and a strong effort over the bar in the second half were his only moments of note.
Andy Carroll – 8
- Carroll played well as he got to captain the side in place of Jonjo Shelvey. The big Geordie was dominant in the air and held the ball up quite well. He put in a bruising performance this afternoon that the Burnley defenders will be feeling tomorrow. He missed a golden opportunity in the 6th minute on a cross in the box. Carroll mauled Phil Bardsley to get on the end of it but pushed it wide. Other than that there was little in terms of quality that came his way.
Dwight Gayle – 5
- Dwight simply did not take his chance today, quite literally. He was on the pitch to try and nick a result but missed the game’s best chance.
Yoshinori Muto – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch for Muto to get a rating. Playing in a fluid role on the right when he came on, Yoshi ran and tried to make something happen but was not able to get any chances.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In Defeat At Burnley?
- Javier Manquillo (34%, 257 )
- Andy Carroll (29%, 217 )
- Martin Dubravka (14%, 107 )
- Federico Fernandez (6%, 43 )
- Joelinton (4%, 31 )
- Fabian Schar (3%, 26 )
- Isaac Hayden (3%, 25 )
- Paul Dummett (3%, 19 )
- Jetro Willems (2%, 13 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 9 )
- Christian Atsu (1%, 8 )
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