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Our Player Ratings For Saturday’s Win Against Chelsea

This is the team that was able to pick up the smash and grab win against Chelsea yesterday, including the three substitutions.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 8

  • Martin Dubravka had another fine performance with a clean sheet against Chelsea. He made an excellent block on a one-on-one with N’Golo Kante. That was quickly followed by bravely gathering a Reece James’ cross that Tammy Abraham was bearing down on. Martin made an acrobatic touch on a Cesar Azpilicueta header to keep it away from Tammy Abraham in the second half. He commanded his area very well claiming several crosses especially late in the game.

Emil Krafth – 5

  • The Swede made his first Premier League start since September though did start both FA Cup matches against Rochdale. We are really pulling for Emil, but he is just not a wing-back. Going forward, he offered little against Chelsea. He had a few deliveries from open areas, but they amounted to nothing. However, he did a decent job of keeping Willian quiet after a very nervy start. While the Brazilian did get by Krafth a few times, he didn’t create much of a threat when he did, and Krafth fought like mad to recover. The 25-year-old was helped by Federico Fernandez and Miguel Almiron though as the teamwork was outstanding yesterday.

Fede Fernandez – 8

  • Fernandez seems to be best on the right side of the back three and showed that yesterday with another brilliant performance. Our three defenders were unbelievable yesterday. He had an excellent cross that Joelinton headed onto the crossbar in the first half. Can he play wing-back, we wonder? He aslo did well to keep Willian on his left foot on an early second-half break that resulted in a tepid shot wide of the target. Fernandez provided cover for Krafth whenever the Swede has issues with Chelsea’s attackers.

Jamaal Lascelles – 8

  • This was a confident display from the captain. The defense is just much more organized and confident with Lascelles marshaling the backline. He helped keep Tammy Abraham somewhat quiet, and it’s great to see him back.

Ciaran Clark – 9

  • What a performance from Ciaran Clark. He was the best of our three outstanding center-backs yesterday. Ciaran made some crucial interceptions and blocks. His positional sense is remarkable. He also helped Matt Ritchie keep Hudson-Odoi somewhat quiet. Clark is just so dependable and rarely makes a mistake.

Jetro Willems – n/a

  • It was a terrible sight witnessing Willems go down what looks to be another serious knee injury. He’s most likely done for the season, but hopefully, he’s done enough for Newcastle to take up the option to make his loan deal a permanent one. Not on the pitch long enough for a rating.

Jonjo Shelvey – 5

  • Jonjo did very well in front of the backline but was not at his best going forward on Saturday. This was not really his type of game as Newcastle spent much of the match pegged back in their end. He didn’t have many opportunities to push the team forward and when he did was often sloppy in possession. However, it was his first start since New Year’s Day.

Isaac Hayden – 6

  • Hayden was the late hero with a last-minute header to give Newcastle all three points. He moved to right wing-back when Emil Krafth was taken off. While in the midfield, Hayden was stout defensively as Chelsea had significant trouble breaking down our defensive blocks. Though he offered very little quality when in possession.

Miguel Almiron – 8

  • Miguel was outstanding as he ran all over the pitch. He and Joelinton were basically our only outlets yesterday. Miguel didn’t threaten the Chelsea keeper much but was involved in almost all of our attacks. His defensive tenacity was unreal. He tracked back to help Krafth all day long. He also had an excellent ball into the box in the 87th minute that found Saint-Maxmin, whose poor first touch actually landed perfectly for a Joelinton shot that went wide. Miguel is at the top of his game at the moment.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 6

  • Allan was not at his best in his first game back from his injury. However, his perfect ball into the box on the Hayden winner helped clinch the win. He was a bit rusty and didn’t have too many of his glorious runs. Though Chelsea did well to contain him. Allan put in a shift defensively as he was forced to sit deep.

Joelinton – 7

  • This was a much-improved display from the Brazilian. His holdup play was outstanding, and he won everything sent his way in the air. While we saw little of the ball, Joelinton did well to maintain possession. He also was very good defensively as he pressed Chelsea often. He almost came through with a first-half goal, but his header from a Fernandez cross hit the crossbar. Joelinton did outstanding to win the late corner with two Chelsea defenders closing him down.


Matt Ritchie – 6

  • Ritchie came on in the 12th minute for the injured Jetro Willems. He had some trouble with Hudson-Odoi at times but battled hard to keep the youngster mostly in check. Ritchie is still shaking off a bit of the rust, and it showed, but he was his fully committed self.

Sean Longstaff – 7

  • Longstaff came on in the 70th minute for Emil Krafth. It was almost a disastrous start for the midfielder as he inadvertently deflected a ball to Abraham in the box. Thankfully, the striker couldn’t get a shot on target as he rounded Dubravka. Sean played well after that moment. He had a crucial block on a late Emerson striker that forced the shot wide for a corner.

Matty Longstaff – n/a

  • Not on the pitch long enough for a rating. He did get to celebrate Hayden’s game-winner, however.

Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match In Win Against Chelsea?

  • Ciaran Clark (36%, 1,158 )
  • Miguel Almiron (12%, 383 )
  • Martin Dubravka (11%, 360 )
  • Joelinton (10%, 310 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (9%, 303 )
  • Federico Fernandez (8%, 270 )
  • Isaac Hayden (7%, 219 )
  • A. Saint-Maximin (4%, 123 )
  • Matt Ritchie (2%, 60 )
  • Emil Krafth (1%, 22 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (0%, 16 )
  • Matty Longstaff (0%, 9 )
  • Jetro Willems (0%, 5 )
  • Sean Longstaff (0%, 2 )

Total Voters: 3,240

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16 comments so far

  • c-dog

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #1

    The following posters would rather complain than celebrate a historic win in the same way as catchy used to and who they all ridiculed for it


    Get a grip of yourselves lads

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #2

    Historical win?

    We have previous with Chelsea at SJP, they don’t often get much change from their visits.

  • Jamaal Dubravka

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Clark and Fernandez need to keep their place even when Schar and Lejeune come back 100% fit. Unless they have a stinker they should be starting every game, they’ve proven themselves now. Great to see Jamaal back organising the defence and being a rock at the back, as usual.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Whenever we win this is them and the frog, C-dog – https://imgflip.com/i/3mkhps

  • giimps

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m surprised Krafth got a whole numbers score, personally though, I thought Joe led the line well and only a 6 for St Max and Hayden is a tad harsh, especially when one put a peach of a cross in for the goal and the other actually got his head on the ball to score it……other than that, considering we were up against quality opposition ( although a poor imitation of previous chelski sides) they are still top 4 , well organized, quick and effective down the flanks and through the middle ,we did well as a team and defended resolutely, when we broke forward, there was usually a cynical foul which stopped our momentum but usually went unpunished by the poor officials.
    Overall, more good than bad (defensively) and scored from one of our few chances….job done , if we had more quality on the pitch, then maybe we can be more adventurous going forward, but with the players we have (until the slug forks off) we are overachieving points wise and we are where we are regarding-actual football quality ,as long as the points keep coming, I can’t see us being in trouble this season…..level on points with Arsenal and Everton, 7 points above the drop and 5 points from Manure……just about safe with just under half a season to go ……never thought that would happen under Mrs Doubtfire, if only we had more players so we were not so reliant on bringing our only quality ones back from injury too early…..but that’s down to the slug and penfold to resolve

  • c-dog

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #6

    Every player gave their all yesterday
    Can’t fault them

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #7

    I thought he had no Krafth at all.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #9

    Shhh, you cannot say that, because when it’s me, I’m just wrong, and when it’s them they’re are just right, isn’t that the blog rules.

    But seriously, they have there opinion, they and others think everything is wrong because the owner is wrong, they think that every win is because of Rafa, and refuse to give any credit to anyone.

    And just for the record, I do not like the way we play football, it’s not football, but I will give Bruce a massive pay on the back for the job he has done so far, he came in with 95% of fans against him because of feeling for Rafa and his record, he is more of a people person than RAFa ever was, and I don’t mean fans, I mean players, and I think the players are responding better to Bruce then Rafa.

    Jail and his crowd really cannot stand it, and for the most part, I don’t think it computes with them how Bruce is doing better than the world class Rafa.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Jail I throw abuse at you because you deserve it for being a twat, not because of one particular discussion

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    If his header had gone in, Joejoebinks would have been redeemed. Otherwise his appearance was not the usual disappointment.

  • c-dog

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #12


    I love a difference in opinion
    I hate a hypocrite
    And we both know they are just that

  • c-dog

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13


    You can now see the masses turn against jail
    The posters have had enough
    You yourself have held your composure magnificently whilst been subjected to daily abuse from jail daily For the last two years. Credit to you mate.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Jail the difference between the defensiveness of Rafa and SB, is that you claimed that Rafa was a world class manager. I therefore expected that he would do more than play the sort of dull football that we saw. More to the point, les miserables defended every manner of dull performance by blaming anyone but their ‘world class manager’. Yet now the same Miseries hang the new guy for the same style. F*kc right off Jail. And take your puppy with the Sunderland avatar with you.

  • Munster Mag

    Jan 19, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Cheers C Dog. I don’t think the blog is turning on Jail. And I don’t care whether it does or not. We are all Nufc fans, or so it seems. There are many Munster haters on here, but I don’t give a toss. My simple principle is that any flaws errors etc by Rafa benitez were shouted down on this blog. And that was never acceptable and it took an awful lot of effort to get to the stage we are now, where rational discussion happens without the bullies wetting themselves.

  • Big Archie

    Jan 19, 2020 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #16

    I disagree bigtime with the Shelvey 5. I thought he pushed the ball around well and was a lot more accurate than most of the others in the team. It’s difficult to push the team forward when you’ve got 10 players in your own box.

    He was as solid as anyone on the field.


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