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 )
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