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Our Player Ratings For 1-1 Draw At Rochdale

This is the lineup Steve Bruce selected for the disappointing 1-1 draw at Rochdale, including the two substitutions.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 8

  • Dubravka had very little to do in the first half. Rochdale managed just 4 shots but none on target. However, Martin was put to work in the second half and made some crucial saves. He made another error, though, when he failed to hold onto a weak Oliver Rathbone shot. He was fortunate that Ian O’Connor hit the post on the follow-up attempt. But he made two world-class saves to keep Rochdale to just one goal.

DeAndre Yedlin – 6

  • DeAndre Yedlin was a force down the right flank where he constantly beat his man and put in around 10 crosses. He was unfortunate not to get an assist in the first half on a Yoshinori Muto effort. However, his deliveries sometimes bordered on abysmal. We can’t fault his effort or commitment today, though.

Emil Krafth – 7

  • Krafth played well in his first start since September on the right side of the back three. Emil looked very composed on the ball in the first half playing some tidy passes. He struggled with the Rochdale pressure in the second half but held up well considering he’s not a center-back.

Fede Fernandez – 5

  • Fernandez was the only natural center-back in our three-man defense. He captained the side for a second time this season. With Newcastle dominating the first-half, he had a relatively easy time of it only being required to make a few clearances. The second half was a different story. Fernandez resorted to hoofing the ball up the pitch too often. He also did not do enough to handle Luke Matheson’s cross to Aaron Wilbraham for the equalizer.

Isaac Hayden – 6

  • Hayden started very well on the left side of the back three. He provided excellent cover for Christian Atsu, who played much of the first-half deep in the Rochdale end. However, Isaac faded as the game went on. He was beaten by Luke Matheson, who put in the cross that led to the tying goal. Though Hayden played well overall considering he was not in his natural position.

Christian Atsu – 6

  • Atsu was dominant in the first 30 minutes beating his man and putting in lethal crosses. He found Miguel Almiron in the 17th minute for our only goal. However, Rochdale brought on young Luke Matheson to solidify their right flank. Atsu was a lot quieter with Matheson on the pitch. Christian also almost gifted Rochdale the winner when he lost possession outside the box. Fortunately, the subsequent effort from Rathbone went wide.

Sean Longstaff – 5

  • The elder Longstaff started brightly enough in the midfield. He kept the ball moving and was quick to win the ball when out of possession. However, he significantly faded in the second half and hasn’t shown the form he displayed last season.

Matty Longstaff – 6

  • Matty had a similar game to his older brother in that he struggled in the second half. He was excellent early moving the ball to the flanks to start attacks. However, the 19-year-old failed to do enough to keep possession in the second half which ended up hurting us.

Miguel Almiron – 7

  • It was an excellent goal from Miguel as he nipped into the box for Atsu to find him. His touch and finish were superb. Almiron was one of our best players on the day. He looks much more of a threat playing centrally behind the strikers. Miguel never shirks his defensive responsibilities. He was up and down the pitch and dispossessed Rochdale players a few times. Almiron went off with a groin injury in the 63rd minute, and his energy was a massive loss.

Yoshinori Muto – 5

  • Muto didn’t do enough in a golden opportunity for the 27-year-old. It was a second straight start for Yoshinori but he was too quiet in front of the net. He needs to do more to burst into the box and find space. However, it can’t be denied that when he was replaced by Ki, the game almost instantly changed and Rochdale were on the front foot. Hopefully, his hip injury is not severe.

Joelinton – 2

  • We didn’t see enough from the Brazilian this afternoon. This was one of his worst performances considering the opposition. His 23rd-minute miss when he had an opening on goal seemed to kill his confidence. Joelinton forced Robert Sanchez into a late first-half save but seemed a disgruntled passenger in the second half. He lost possession just outside Rochdale’s box that led to the break for the equalizer. There has to be growing concerns with Joelinton from inside the club.


Ki Sung-yueng – 4

  • Ki came on the 52nd minute for the injured Muto. The 30-year-old failed to make the required impact. It was around the time Ki came on that Rochdale started to get on the front foot. While it was not due to the South Korean necessarily, he just looked off the pace. Like Krafth, Ki hasn’t played since September and that was just his 4th appearance all season. He’s likely to be away this month if any bids come in for him.

Matt Ritchie – 6

  • Ritchie came on for the injured Almiron in the 63rd minute. It’ll take him a bit to get back to his old self but we saw signs. He was barking out orders the minute he came on. Ritchie managed a few decent crosses but was unable to stem the growing Rochdale tide.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 1-1 Draw At Rochdale?

  • Miguel Almiron (33%, 546 )
  • Martin Dubravka (26%, 428 )
  • Christian Atsu (15%, 255 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (8%, 139 )
  • Joelinton (6%, 96 )
  • Matty Longstaff (4%, 61 )
  • Matt Ritchie (2%, 37 )
  • Emil Krafth (2%, 30 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 18 )
  • Sean Longstaff (1%, 15 )
  • Federico Fernandez (1%, 13 )
  • Ki Sung-yueng (0%, 8 )
  • Yoshinori Muto (0%, 2 )

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110 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #1

    1-1 Citeh match!

  • toon22

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #2

    No matter how you look at it
    The path Jabba has chosen for our club is going to cost him a lot of money to stay in the prem
    We most likely also need a large slice of luck, that seems to have ran out
    We spent big in the summer “apparently”
    Thats looking like its not enough right now

    From this point on decisions made in the summer is going to cost alot of money

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #3

    Ronaldo I think that is a fair post but even myself who had defended him thinks it’s time for him to be removed from the situations for now. We will need to pin our hopes on Carroll and hopefully an incoming for goals.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #4

    On Gayle and Carroll:

    “Both injured – both not right – one with a groin issue and the other with a bit of a hamstring problem. Difficult.”
    So unless the chuckle brothers act fast this week we could end up with Joelinton back in the firing line with Sorrenson supporting him down at Wolves next Saturday.
    Is Cesk Tosun really going to bust a gut for us knowing there’s not a hope in Hell’s chance that we’ll be his 15/20M fee and he’ll just go back to Everton to pick up his 60K+ wage

  • Online Guy

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Ings would have done the job at a fraction of the cost of Joelinton.

    Established goalscorer ..injurys are part and parcel ..hes doing well .

    The amount of players we had the chance of signing on the cheap and Ashley would not sanction is embarrassing.


    We need a Beardsley from somewhere.. and…Olivier Giroud .. Jarrod Bowen .

    If we sign the latter two we will finish mid table .

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Another hamstring problem? WTF?

  • posada

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Need a forward who actually plays and can actually score.

    Need Gayle out.
    They say 15 million. However, the lad will want much of that for himself, otherwise he won’t go.
    He could do an Owen.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Captain hindsight indeed!
    Good thing I posted this 2 days ago. Trolling doesn’t seem to be your thing, I’d give up if I was you 😉

    ronaldo aarons
    Jan 2, 2020 at 12:11 PM
    Comment #17
    Suggested line up for cup game accounting for injuries and preventing more.


    Hayden moved into cb like in his young arsenal days.
    Possibly blood cass, Watts to cover for senior players.
    Even sangare, longelo, toure and Sorensen could get a look in.

  • posada

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #9

    The draw will still be interesting.
    Cardiff or Carlisle at home and the route to the 5th round is there to do.

    Tell me Mar me Mar I won’t be home for tea …………….

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Online if we had signed Ings there would have been carnage on here about buying a crock. Hindsight shows it was the correct decision but could easily gone either way.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Don’t see anyone using Joelinton as a scapegoat.
    See folk, some with a degree of reticence, finally stating what they see in Joelinton – basically he is a dud/knacker.
    Not his fault but whoever bought him.

    See one or two who still think he is a decent player – same types who thought Obertron was a quality forward probably.

    Must be a story behind this supposed £40 million price tag.

  • Online Guy

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafa told the club he did not want Joelinton

    Ashley , a non football person know nowt did and forced him on the club after dumping the best manager he could have ever have hoped for .

    There’s something wrong with the transfer of Joelinton ..the agents involvement and the fee.

    Has Ashley forced it in an act of creative accountancy ..?

    Needs scrutiny.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Wouldn’t be against it tbh. In an ideal situation when he first joined we would have been able to ease him into the league rather than the whole mitro situation again. Young inexperienced players pressured to be the main man.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Troy Deeney at Watford is he getting game time now? I’m guessing they wouldn’t sell to us anyway and we would want a loan.

  • Jib

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #15

    The draw on Monday will determine how Bruce views the replay
    If it’s a top drawer side away he’ll just pick a team of bairns and concede
    the tie

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:21 PM
    Comment #80
    Ronaldo @ 74
    Thanks for the extremely long assessment. My reply is short; Joelinton isn’t a “good” player! He’s useless and whilst that’s not his fault, it’s not ours either so shut the fck up will you?
    My reply is short too. No. 🙂

  • Online Guy

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Did we get Joelintons twin brother ?

    Who played for the 2nd eleven in the Volkswagen works canteen mixed gender team ?

    I’m all for giving any young player time and Joe might come good yet but it’s looking bleak …he might make a decent defender one day ,certainly does not seem have the tools that a winger or a striker needs .

    Not cute enough .

  • c-dog

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #18

    Will Ashley give us a player worth supporting this month?

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Online tell Man City that when he played from the left in the champs league. Caused absolute havoc!

    Confidence has a huge part to play here but Bruce is just throwing him in the deep end time and time again and the lad is well and truly done.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Lets face it – we’re sh1t and were sick of it. Just what we wanted a “prolonged” run in the FA Cup with no decent players to select from.
    Do the right thing Mr.Blobby and throw the towel in.
    Leave Ashlie on his own because no one in the right mind apart from you was ever going to come to this Club as “manager”. We can all see that you never had and never will have the credentials to manage this Club nor indeed any other football league club.
    You are clueless with just a load of excuses.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Well I suggest Newcastle United have a month left to save this season and avoid relegation. If Ashley persists with this course then we are gone.
    It wasnt as if we put a second string side out and should have buried the game in the first half,But the same problems arose that we cannot put the ball in the back of the net on a regular occurrence

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Does anyone know what Darryl Murphy is doing these days?

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #23

    JIB @15 Well we’ll have to play one of your top drawer teams sometime so why break a habit of a lifetime. Just end our season at the beginning of January as per usual, Apparently Rochdale has won more Fa Cup ties than Toon under Ashlie’s watch.

  • Reilly

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #24

    Is Joelinton the new Kaiser. 😆

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Well Mr Ashlie this is a credit record for your CV!
    “NUFC have won only six ties in the FA CUP during Mike Ashley’s 13-year reign”

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #26

    Those ratings are too high for a team that just drew with the 18th place team in division one. The total of all the ratings should not add up to more than Mr. Brucie’s I.Q. (known to be below 30)…..

  • GeordieTwo

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #27

    We’ve won six cup draws!!!
    Boom, boom, boom boom boom!!!
    This is truly a sign of great things to come under the Ashley thingy!!!

  • c-dog

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Norwich played an 18 year old today who score a hat trick

  • big bob

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #29

    The biggest problem with joelinton is he is not a number 9 and has never been a goalscorer his stats speak for themselves I watched him a few times when he played for Hoffenheim and he never stood out as anymore then an average player
    For a scout to go and watch him and come up with a value of 40 million is a disgrace
    Why were no other teams interested in him this deal smells of the Gonzalez deal when Keegan resigned

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #30

    Listen there is more than one player at NUFC than Joelinton. I think the lad knows he’s no Alan Shearer without being booed off by the crowd. That’s really going to help him!
    There ‘s only two things which are going to change things at NUFC. Firstly the owner has to go and secondly the clueless Manager has got to do the right thing and throw the towel in.
    Sadly neither is going to happen sometime soon.

  • kc2012

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Joelinton is a shocking striker, the only problem with this is that he’s not actually a striker (just like the Germans told us before we bought him) and just like Steve Bruce surely would’ve been told by the scouting team.

    Look at him playing behind the striker like he did at Hoffenheim and then maybe we’d actually get something out of him rather than sticking him upfront on his own and expecting him to produce the goals of a £40m ‘striker’. I don’t believe for a second that he’s a £40m player but whilst Steve keeps playing him up top on his own, we are never going to see anything half decent from a player who is actually very good when played in his actual position. Bad management imo.

    It’s like Miggy, when he came Rafa played him on the left and behind Rondon (where he actually should play) and he was brilliant. Bruce played him on the right until the City game and he looked shocking and got serious abuse. Started playing him on the left and he’s got an assist and 2 goals within a month or so.

    Anyway we need a striker because all of ours are nowhere near Prem level, in fact right now not one of them would get a start for Most teams in the Championship.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #32

    We need to sign the following in this window:

    Ibrahima Sissoko – £10.5m
    Jarrod Bowen – £17m
    Morelos – £27M
    Mateta – £30m
    Rony Lopes – Loan

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #33

    What do you want to sign him C Dog?
    We’re supposed to be chasing that other overpriced misfit at Everton , Tosun aren’t we. Really hope it’s just fake news as he’d then take a lot of the flack off Joelinton.

  • Online Guy

    Jan 4, 2020 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #34


    Hopefully your right and it’s a confidence issue and he comes good

    To do that he needs taken out of the team for at least 4 games ..impossible at the moment though for obvious reasons .

  • Reilly

    Jan 4, 2020 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #35

    Will Brucesaurus be allowed to drop a 40 mill asset.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 4, 2020 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #36

    Ketsbaia. I share your optimism but sadly it’s pie in the sky.
    Even if we were to get any of those players Bruce would ruin them or turn them into crocks with his “training” methods and medical inefficiencies . If we can’t beat a team like Rochdale from the lower reaches of Division One with a team of eleven out of our 22 Premiership squad it’s a very poor indictment of our so called manager.
    The last thing we wanted was yet another fixture after our Christmas/New Year fiasco

  • Online Guy

    Jan 4, 2020 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Playing Rochdale invokes some good memories this way .

    Good that they have a replay as it will make them a few quid , badly needed, should keep them going for next season.

    Ashley could make a good gesture and give them the gate money after expenses.

    Mind Spotland has always been a rough ground ..slightly improved from the heap it was in the 70s .

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 4, 2020 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #38

    Online I don’t think it is. If we are to persist with the original formation (although I am not a fan) of Rafa’s 5221 with the two behind the striker being wider players then we have carroll as the 1. We then have Almiron and another. That will be ASM when fit but for now could be Joelinton from the left or Atsu.

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jan 4, 2020 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #39

    WE’ll do nothing sadly till we get ASM,Lascelles & Ritchie back – FULLY fit. The danger is this clown will probably risk them before they are in view of the current injury crisis. These lads are probably 3/4 weeks off being ready at present.
    Ketsbaia is right we need reinforcements but good ones who can hit the road running. Ibrahima Sissoko – £10.5m &
    Jarrod Bowen – £17m would be ideal but I think Morelos would be overpriced. It’s all well and good starring for Rangers but apart from Celtic the rest of the opposition are probably below Championship standard.
    Very much doubt Ashlie would sanction £30m on Matata and don’t know anything about the other guy
    Rony Lopes – on a Loan

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 4, 2020 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #40

    ronaldo aarons,
    I thought at first c-dog was just one of those oddballs that appear from time to time, he hasn’t got a clue about the club and has exposed himself as a troll imo, at best a very poor wum.


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