This was the lineup from the win against Crystal Palace on Saturday, including the three substitutions.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Martin Dubravka – 8
- Another top performance from our goalkeeper. Martin, as we so often say, made the saves that kept Newcastle in the game. The Slovakian made a superb one on one stop on Wilfried Zaha late in the first half. In the second, it was another one on one against James McArthur that Martin got in the way of. Christian Benteke also had a powerful shot that Dubravka was able to parry. The 30-year-old is so important to us and was superb in getting his fifth clean sheet of the season.
Javier Manquillo – 8
- Manquillo just seems to be getting better and better. Today it was his defensive work that stood out as he shut down the dangerous Zaha. The Spaniard also provided a good outlet on the right as he tried to make something happen going forward. Bruce named him his best player today. It may be time to sit down with the 25-year-old and discuss an extension. We cannot let him leave in January.
Fabian Schar – 6
- The 28-year-old had a decent but somewhat disappointing game. Schar helped Manquillo in keeping Wilfried Zaha under wraps. However, it was an off day for the Swiss international with too many speculative passes that missed their mark. He came through when it counted most with the lethal cross for Almiron’s goal. Though, he soon followed that with a poor challenge on Max Meyer that lead to a free kick in a dangerous area.
Fede Fernandez – 6
- Fernandez was solid at the heart of the defense. He again came through with some key clearances. It was another fine performance from the Argentine in a game which we were under threat for long periods.
Florian Lejeune – 7
- What a return for the Frenchman. He had over 70 touches and some crucial tackles. He was also our best defender on the ball, though, like Schar, was prone to occasionally wasting possession. Lejeune is just so composed and oozes class. He didn’t look like he had any rust to shake off and picked up right where he left off last April.
Paul Dummett – 6
- It’s unfair to be too critical of Paul Dummett. Defensively he was as dependable as ever. However, asking him to play wing-back does not suit his strengths. He proved to be a very effective outlet, especially early on. There was acres of space down the left for Newcastle to exploit, but Dummett rarely picked out a teammate when delivering a cross. However, Paul battled hard defensively and was a very willing runner. He tired a bit in the second half but that’s understandable as he covered a lot of ground.
Jonjo Shelvey – 6
- Jonjo started the game brightly but quickly ran out of steam. He was still committed defensively as he shielded the backline. Jonjo showed what he brings to the team by pulling the strings in the first half. However, it didn’t work so much in the second as he started to get fatigued. We missed him last week for sure and he’s a player this team can’t do without.
Isaac Hayden – 5
- It was a quiet night for Isaac but the new formation may have played a part. Almiron ran all day long, and Shelvey sat very deep, spraying the ball about. The defenders also had a lot of possession. Hayden made some promising runs early on but didn’t see much of the ball and was replaced by Sean Longstaff in the 64th minute. Isaac had our best chance early in the game when he was played through by Almiron, but the midfielder stumbled at the worst possible moment and by the time he recovered, the chance was gone.
Miguel Almiron – 8
- An excellent display from Miguel Almiron in what was a more natural position. This role seemed to suit him and will give Bruce a lot to ponder over the next few days. He was a willing runner from deep and able to find space when he drifted to the left. His ball to Hayden early on was sublime but Isaac lost his footing. He also gathered a Paul Dummett pass and launched a shot but it was straight at Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal. Then it finally happened for the Paraguayan as he got his first goal. Miguel took it so well. It was the perfect goal to get him off the mark. He had no time to think and just reacted to volley the ball home to highlight an excellent performance.
Joelinton – 4
- It’s just not working for Joelinton. He contributed to our build up early in the game with some deft passes but once Crystal Palace came into the game, Joelinton was a passenger. While he didn’t get any service whatsoever, he just seems so frustrated. Even with a strike partner, it was more of the same from the Brazilian. It’s time to sit him down and give Dwight Gayle or Yoshinori Muto a chance. Without Saint-Maximin, this formation is likely what we’ll see over the next few matches. Having Gayle or Muto alongside Carroll could be an option.
Andy Carroll – 6
- It didn’t quite work out for the Carroll/Joelinton partnership today as both players were bereft of service. However, Andy continues to put his imprint on games. He did brilliantly to get to Schar’s cross for the winning goal. Carroll honed in on the ball, outleapt everyone, and headed it back to Almiron. Andy battled hard and was committed all game long, dropping deep to defend when needed. He’s also been able to see out the last two games now which is crucial due to his defending capabilities.
Sean Longstaff – 6
- Sean came on for Isaac Hayden at the 64th minute mark. He tried to make things happen in possession as he looked to push the ball forward. Nothing really of significance from the midfielder.
Dwight Gayle – n/a
- Gayle came on in the 77th minute for Joelinton but barely had a touch. Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating.
DeAndre Yedlin – n/a
- Yedlin came on for Dummett late. Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating.
Who Was The Man Of The Match In Win Against Crystal Palace?
- Javier Manquillo (39%, 747 )
- Miguel Almiron (36%, 672 )
- Martin Dubravka (15%, 277 )
- Andy Carroll (5%, 87 )
- Florian Lejeune (2%, 42 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (1%, 17 )
- Joelinton (1%, 17 )
- Paul Dummett (1%, 15 )
- Fabian Schar (1%, 11 )
- Federico Fernandez (0%, 5 )
- Isaac Hayden (0%, 2 )
Total Voters: 1,892