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Our Player Ratings For Miraculous Comeback At Goodison Park

Here is the lineup Steve Bruce selected for our historic last-minute comeback at Goodison Park, including the three second-half substitutions.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 8

  • Martin had another strong game for Newcastle. He should have done better on Everton’s opening goal as he let the ball get under him. However, he could do nothing on Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s second. Made some crucial saves in the second half when Everton were pushing to put the game out of reach.

Isaac Hayden – 5

  • Hayden struggled last night at right wing-back but was a bit better when he moved to the midfield at the 60-minute mark. He floated in an excellent cross late in the first half that Joelinton headed over the bar. He failed to do enough at right-back to solidify the right flank.

Fede Fernandez – 5

  • Fernandez had a tough time on Tuesday. He didn’t track Moise Kean on Everton’s opener. However, Fede continued to battle and made some crucial clearances.

Jamaal Lascelles – 6

  • Jamaal looked a bit off the pace at times. He was slow to react on the Moise Kean goal and made a rash attempt at the ball on Everton’s second goal giving Calvert-Lewin space and time to turn and put the ball past Dubravka. He did make a number of interceptions and clearances.

Ciaran Clark – 6

  • The defense was out of sorts all game. However, Ciaran Clark was again our best defender. His yellow card in the second half turned out to be a key moment in the game. He was subbed off for Florian Lejeune in the 70th minute.

Matt Ritchie – 7

  • Matt Ritchie put in another intense performance and never gave up even when it looked bleakest. He got no help from Christian Atsu on the left flank. Ritchie tried to get things going when on the ball but couldn’t quite get anything to work. Had a very good corner on Lejeune’s goal. His grit and determination kept the struggling side in this game.

Sean Longstaff – 4

  • Both Sean and Matty had very shaky nights. They did not do enough to shield the backline. Sean lost possession far too often and just didn’t create anything going forward.

Matty Longstaff – 4

  • Matty struggled all night but kept at it. He was not well-positioned at times, and his inexperience showed against Everton’s savvy midfield. Matty also was indecisive on the ball deep in our end. However, he battled hard and put in some crunching tackles.

Miguel Almiron – 7

  • Almiron was similar to Ritchie in that he battled all night long and was a spark of energy in a very lethargic team. He was our main attacking threat throughout the game and made some bursting runs at the Everton defense. However, nothing really came off for him but wasn’t from a lack of effort.

Christian Atsu – 3

  • Another woeful effort from Christian Atsu. He’s just contributed nothing in his last few Premier League outings. We don’t think he put in a cross all game long and didn’t do enough to help Matt Ritchie on the left.

Joelinton – 5

  • Joelinton started brightly in the frenetic first 15 minutes of the game where both teams just continually lost possession. He couldn’t get this header on target in Newcastle’s only real chance to close the first half. However, the 23-year-old is still suffering from a groin injury and had to be pulled for Fabian Schar late in the game.


Emil Krafth – 6

  • Emil came in at right wing-back on the hour mark and did a decent enough job. However, he didn’t offer anything going forward but did well to contain Everton’s attacks late in the game.

Florian Lejeune – 9

  • Lejeune came on for Ciaran Clark with 20 minutes to go. He added a pair of fresh legs to the backline. However, it’s his two goals that get him the 9 mark. Lejeune’s first goal could be a Newcastle goal of the season contender. His second goal was just a scramble, but he got the ball past the line as Jordan Pickford had been forced into the goal. The Frenchman’s final couple of minutes at Goodison will be etched into Newcastle lore.

Fabian Schar – n/a

  • Not on the pitch long enough for a rating. Fabian played in a deep-lying midfield role and held his own. It’s good to know he can come in and do a job there as we all suspected he could.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 2-2 Draw At Everton?

  • Florian Lejeune (64%, 1,662 )
  • Martin Dubravka (17%, 433 )
  • Miguel Almiron (11%, 296 )
  • Matt Ritchie (3%, 67 )
  • Federico Fernandez (1%, 24 )
  • Fabian Schar (1%, 18 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 18 )
  • Ciaran Clark (1%, 17 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (1%, 16 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 16 )
  • Matty Longstaff (1%, 16 )
  • Sean Longstaff (0%, 11 )
  • Emil Krafth (0%, 11 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 8 )

Total Voters: 2,613

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51 comments so far

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #1

    that Daily Star article was interesting, confirming what i thought of Bruces tactics/ managerial style. his strengths are being a canny bloke and his tactics are trying to out run the other team. i think thats all he has in his locker. seems to confirm hes responsible for the injuries with his double running tactics.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #2

    that Daily Star article was interesting, confirming what i thought of Bruces tactics/ managerial style. his strengths are being a canny bloke and his tactics are trying to out run the other team. i think thats all he has in his locker. seems to confirm hes responsible for the injuries with his double running tactics.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    GeordieTom, Jib obviously didn’t count on Storm Gloria – he’ll have been getting no sun, but plenty of snow / wind / rain in Spain if he’s anywhere near the Mediterranean coast.

    Good luck to anyone out there, seems like you’re getting a bit of a battering.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #4

    Good ratings Neil.

    I think we’ve got to be very careful that we don’t mishandle the Longstaff’s.

    Sean was way over hyped last season and Matty, although a decent finisher, is nowhere near Prem standard yet.

    I predicted before the game that they would be out muscled and overrun in centre mid and the truth is it’s happened every game they’ve been paired in, Matty’s goal against Man U blinded some to that.

    If they do play they have to be one of a three, Hayden looked after Sean at the back end of last season and these are two young Geordie lads who some have got carried away with.

    There may well be good Prem players in there, but they need al ot more TLC first.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #5

    The next Mike, that’s a rather cynical summary, don’t you think?

    Do you think Bruce deserves any credit at all for the season so far? If not, who does get the credit, unless you think the season has been a washout?

  • martoon

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #6

    To be fair to Lascelles he’s probably not back to full fitness yet so found 2 games in 3 days hard work however I thought he over-reacted to the elbow in the face as it looked accidental, saying that Calvert-Lewin’s reaction was also very provocative.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Atsu should never have been signed. He wasnt that good in the championship or at any of the clubs hes been at.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle United FC
    Over 42,000 tickets have been sold for this Saturday’s #EmiratesFACup tie against Oxford United at St. James’ Park, with the lower sections of the stadium now sold out.

    Tickets are now available to purchase in level 7 of the Milburn Stand. #NUFC

    Looks like it’s gonna be a canny turn-out this weekend. Sadly without me being there…..

  • geordietom

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #9

    Rob …

    i know mate he would of been better off staying here , the weather in derby is canny at the moment …

    also Atsu i’d get rid of him ASAP he’s crap gone downhill sell him ( if we can ) free up another squad place…

  • martoon

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    RobLeenio- don’t worry I’m going so I’ll represent you 😀

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #11

    John Potts #NUFC
    Florian Lejeune appreciation tweet:

    Joined the club & most had never heard of him.

    Quickly became 1st choice centre back.

    Had a horrible injury.

    Came back.

    Had another horrible injury.

    Came back.

    2 late goals at Everton to rescue a point.

    Great with dead bodies.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #12

    its been a washout. from game one my only hope was to not go down, get rid of bruce and build. i actually expected bruce to play slightly better football than rafa so im shocked hes worse than i predicted, although i expected a similar points haul as i rate our players quite highly.

    i can barely see any evidence of bruce using his brain or making decisions. its just bodies behind the ball defending – not even organised. rely on saves and corners etc. score from one shot, while saving 5 shots. worse than burnley, but theyve got the excuse of having crap players.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    How else would you describe the season. We’ve had our two consolidation seasons unless we’re starting again because we have a new manager. What’s the plan for next season?

  • c-dog

    Jan 22, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #14


    I think given better funding Rafa would far succeed where Bruce couldn’t if indeed the ways of the modern game haven’t bypassed him.

    Bruce is doing very well. And there’s no more to be said about it really. He inherited a very well drilled backline and he’s kept them consistent. Let’s see if he has what it takes to better our attack

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #15

    is this Wuhan SARS like virus in the news in England? Its spreading like wildfire here. half the people are wearing masks today.

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Jib won’t be getting any sun at the moment – we’re being lashed with Storm Gloria past few days, weather here is pissing down rain and 80kph winds!!!!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Bruce said we need six more transfer windows playing this cack. and it’s probably the best squad weve had since Ben Arfa Cabaye days if you go off talent plus application.

  • geordie157

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    My ratings

    Dubravka 8, solid and made some crucial saves to keep us in the game.

    Hayden 6, struggled for the most part but improved slightly when moved into midfield.

    Fernandez 5, seemed nervous and I think is currently my 6th choice centre back.

    Lascelles 6, battled well but cost us a goal and seemed rattled by his mistake.

    Clark 7, pick of the starting defenders.

    M.Longstaff 6, made mistakes but ran his socks off and improved when Hayden moved into midfield.

    S. Longstaff 6, similar to his brother improved when Hayden moved into midfield. Still seems way off the form he hit last season.

    Almiron 7, great effort and energy first half, faded a bit second half.

    Atsu 3, can’t think of anything he did that added any value to the team or game. Time to move him on.

    Joelinton 5, was clearly struggling


    Schar 7, not on the pitch long but felt his presence lifted us and he helped us push forward.

    Kraft 7, usually first to criticise him but got forward well and bailed out Lascelles and Fernandez on at least two occasions.

    Lejuene 8, great first goal and similar to Schar helps us pass forward quicker from defence.

    Motm lejuene will get the votes but for me Dubravka, if not for him it could have been 3 or 4 nil.

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t actually think our team is that bad – certainly better than last season if we had a decent striker, we should just try and sell Linton for whatever we can get for him if we just keep insisting on playing him as a striker which he clearly isn’t

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #20

    If the excuse was that Graham Potter had all pre-season to change Brighton’s style where as Bruce didn’t, then surely with an exodus of players in the summer and Bruce’s desired choices coming in then are we going to move away from this backs against the wall hoping for the best type football.

  • geordie157

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Clarks really a 6.5 but I was feeling generous.

    I’d start Schar for Fernandez at the weekend.

    Put Kraft on the right, move Hayden in the middle with Bentelab and start Allan instead of Atsu.

    Ideally rest Joelinton and give Carroll a start.

    If Kraft is poor move Ritchie over to right and bring on Gibson.

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #22

    If Darlow or Elliot had been in goal it would have been 4 or 5 nil so wouldn’t have mattered if we scored 2 goals in injury time – Dubs already our player of the season

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23


    Boo hoo, is the big bad OP upsetting you?

    Get back to making stuff up and lying, like you do on the blog and like you do to a room full of people.

    You’re a worm, lower than a snakes belly.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #24

    How many more seasons knowing that we go in to the season facing a relegation battle with the excuse that so are 14 other clubs.

  • TomaKaThor

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #25

    Steve Bruce – “If somebody better can improve the squad, then I’ll try and grab. But what’s the point if Andy Carroll and Dwight Gayle and (Yoshinori) Muto are going to be fit in the next two or three weeks?”

    Certainly tainoly doesn’t look like we have anyone secretly lined up sigh

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #26

    What’s the crack with Ki ?

    I always thought he was a,decent player at Swansea, he’s just disappeared here

    Never looked like the player he was at Swansea, seems like a real waste

  • DaveD1000

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #27

    have never been impressed by Ki for us

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Not sure what the plan for next season is – we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. I’m not sure I know what the plan is for the rest of this season, yet, but then again that’s not my job, it’s Bruce’s and I think we’ll do fine.

    We’ve come through the two worst runs of this season in terms of fixtures and haven’t looked like being dragged into the relegation fight since the first few games. If results had been slightly different (beaten Burnley) we would have been sixth at Christmas.

    We’ve beaten Man U, Spurs and Chelsea, plus Sheffield United who are an unexpectedly good team this season, have a chance of a cup run and with a good run of fixtures ahead are looking up the table not down, with fifth place only four points away at the time of writing.

    Now, credit to Rafa for drilling defensive discipline into the squad and bringing together a group of players who perform for each other and with each other. He set a highly effective model for how the first team operates, which Bruce has acknowledged too.

    But also credit Bruce and his coaches for keeping that shape and discipline, with a way less effective striker and having also lost Perez, bringing new players into the squad and instilling that same desire and mental strength in them.

    It hasn’t been pretty for a number of years, in terms of playing style, but Bruce has those players grafting for him and the joy with which they are playing is great to see – to see Matty skipping over to the away fans last night…..

    Well, there’s a few hard noses out there, but I’m warming to the guy and I’m not alone.

  • toon kk

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    Jail @24
    As long as Mikey owns the club.

  • swisstone

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Nice to see some realistic ratings compared to the utter horse turd the Chronicle put out.

    The Longstaffs can not play together as our central 2. Bruce needs to lose the sentimental ideal of it and pair with a more experienced partner.

  • toon kk

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #32

    I wish the Joelinton money had been spent wisely. We’d be lucky to get a couple of mil back now.
    The story of our club is either don’t spend or waste.

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #33

    To be fair to SB the results have been better than expected and comes over as been “a canny approachable bloke’ But the huge difference between him and Rafa is Rafa could build a club from the bottom to the top… I don’t think SB is skilled enough to do this

  • toon kk

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #34

    Agreed but with lack of quality in depth and injuries someone has to play. It’s when we come up against teams with a bit more quality we are shown for what we are.

  • giimps

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #35

    I think the “secret player” was Bentaleb, looks like Lazaro has gone for the schnitzels over the Greggs pasties so it is looking like the slug might have to shell out on Bowen if we still want him.

  • swisstone

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #36

    I know last night he had little alternative but it is a few times now he’s paired them together.
    Overall I’m quite happy with the job he’s doing btw, just think he’s letting the geordie/brother thing influence that selection

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Steve Bruce is proving it’s better to be a lucky manager than good a good one.

    Pardew all over.

    Has one Oposition player ever had more touches than our entire team over 90mins?

    Like it happened against Chelsea on Saturday, reported on SSN

    Results are blinding people to the performances.

  • JDdubai

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #38

    4 wins should see us safe, that would leave possibly the final 5 or 6 games of the season to try switching to a back 4 and show some kind of application to cohesive attacking play before picking it up again pre-season.

    Dont mind just surviving with 5 at the back this season but it isnt sustainable playing this way, luck will run out eventually and we will get the defeats our play deserves so we need to be ready to make a switch.

  • RobLeenio

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #39

    The Sheikh’s Mate “Rafa could build a club from the bottom to the top… I don’t think SB is skilled enough to do this”

    Agreed on that. Luckily, Rafa has already overseen the infrastructure at the Academy being put in place in the shape of Ben Dawson as Academy Director. He has his own budget, has freedom to hire the coaches he wants to and essentially Bruce needs to do nothing other than reap the benefits of a (hopefully) improved pipeline of junior talent.

  • toon kk

    Jan 22, 2020 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #40

    There is no getting away from it Rafa was /is a world class manager. But to be world class or at least build that reputation you have to be at the right club with the right backing.
    Rafa shut up shop at Newcastle with the players we have Bruce is having to do the same but I’m sure Bruce will have us on the front foot if we get the right players in the future.


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