This is the team Steve Bruce transitioned to during our most effective patch of play, it also includes the three second-half substitutions.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Martin Dubravka – 7
- Martin rebounded in fantastic fashion after his poor showing at Manchester United. He made a wonderful save early on a Mason Holgate shot when there was panic in the box. Another tremendous save on Moise Kean early in the second half in a one on one. He was left exposed for the two goals and could do nothing about them. He did make a mistake late when a poor punch went straight to Tom Davies in the box who couldn’t make anything of it.
DeAndre Yedlin – 5
- Yedlin started very well with a great cross-field pass to Joelinton in the first minute that ultimately led to a Miguel Almiron chance. He was very lively down the right flank but his final ball often let him down. Yedlin was again exposed defensively. Though had some good blocks in the box.
Fabian Schar – 6
- This was another mixed effort from Fabian. He had a decent effort to challenge Jordan Pickford in the first half. Took his goal well with a poacher-like reaction to Andy Carroll’s header. Schar, however, was responsible for tracking Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the second goal but failed to do so. His deliveries were hit and miss but mostly miss.
Fede Fernandez – 5
- Fernandez was stout at the back on set-pieces with some timely blocks and clearances. Though he appeared to fade late and it showed in the final ten minutes with some questionable clearances. Fede also had difficulty coping with the pace and agility of Everton’s attackers. It was not his best performance but he had some pacy forwards to manage on just 48 hours rest.
Florian Lejeune – 3
- This was Florian’s worst performance in a long time but it doesn’t concern us whatsoever. He simply should not have been playing after starting two matches already this week. So we’ll chalk this display down to fatigue. He was off the pace and also got no help from Jetro Willems who was often caught upfield. An afternoon to forget but it’s not a mystery as to why.
Jetro Willems – 6
- Jetro is another one who could have used a rest. He left Lejeune exposed at the back far too often in the first half. Willems almost had a wonderful assist when he found Miguel in the box but the Paraguayan hit the post. Jetro did well to get into good positions going forward but also was hit and miss with his deliveries.
Jonjo Shelvey – 5
- Jonjo was a little sporadic this afternoon. He also seemed to fade as the game progressed even though he was rested on Thursday. Played some great balls in the first half but didn’t match Everton’s intensity to start the second. However, Jonjo put in a shift in front of the backline and tried to push us forward on occasion.
Isaac Hayden – 6
- Hayden played very well in the first half and made some crunching challenges. Won the ball back a few times to restart the attack after Everton’s first goal. However, like Shelvey, he faded as the game progressed but that was more due to Everton controlling the game than fatigue.
Miguel Almiron – 6
- Miguel came so close to scoring his second Newcastle goal when he hit the post from a Willems pass. However, that was his only shot to really test Jordan Pickford. He had a decent penalty shout in the first minute and was honest to keep his feet. Miguel put in his customary all-out effort but again didn’t offer too much of a threat other than when he hit the post.
Joelinton – 7
- It was a very good first half from the Brazilian. This is the second straight match where he’s shown a bit of a spark. He played Almiron through in the first minute. When he drifted out wide, he looked lively beating his man on occasion and getting balls into the box. Joelinton also managed to get a couple of shots on target. However, he didn’t look too threatening but is showing signs of improvement.
Andy Carroll – 7
- The big man was a force today winning over 20 aerial duels. He got another assist on Fabian Schar’s goal. Carroll again got the job done defensively with some towering clearances. However, we sometimes resort to punting the ball to Andy too often when he’s on the pitch. Carroll also didn’t offer much of a threat on goal.
Christian Atsu – 3
- We were disappointed in Christian Atsu this afternoon. He came on in the 74th minute for Florian Lejeune. Bruce transitioned to a 4-4-2 with Christian on the wing but he did very little but lose possession.
Dwight Gayle – 4
- Gayle came on for Joelinton to play upfront with Andy Carroll in a 4-4-2. However, Gayle barely touched the ball again in another frustrating appearance. He was trying to get forward but he just couldn’t get involved.
Sean Longstaff – n/a
- Barely touched the ball when he came on for Jetro Willems in the 84th minute. Not enough time on the pitch for a rating.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 2-1 Defeat To Everton?
- Andy Carroll (38%, 525 )
- Joelinton (15%, 207 )
- Martin Dubravka (13%, 180 )
- Miguel Almiron (11%, 158 )
- Jetro Willems (7%, 94 )
- Fabian Schar (6%, 80 )
- Isaac Hayden (2%, 33 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (2%, 25 )
- Federico Fernandez (1%, 20 )
- DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 16 )
- Florian Lejeune (1%, 12 )
- Dwight Gayle (1%, 12 )
- Christian Atsu (1%, 8 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 8 )
Total Voters: 1,378