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Who Did Our Readers Select As The Best Player At Everton?



We’re still coming down from the elation of Newcastle’s miraculous comeback against Everton on Tuesday. If Saturday’s win against Chelsea was a smash and grab, then the draw at Goodison Park was highway robbery.

However, we’ll take points any way we can get them. Even if it’s 93 minutes of pure frustration followed by 2 minutes of joy.

There weren’t many great or even good performances in the game. Though many players seemed to be suffering from fatigue which is where Steve Bruce laid most of the blame for the disappointing display.

Well, that and the fact that the team was still missing some critical players. It was evident in the players that were on the bench, which had four defenders as well as two youngsters.


But this is what this team is at the moment, and you can’t help but pull for them. It’s not great to watch, but they have something about them that they are rarely out of games.

The poll for this match reflects the way the game unfolded. It was all about the final couple of minutes. In that time, Florian Lejeune scored his first two goals for Newcastle to claim the unlikeliest of points.

Of the 2613 votes, Lejeune collected 1662 for 64% to easily win his first best player poll this season. Martin Dubravka came in a distant second with 17% of the vote.

However, without Martin’s contribution in the first 90 minutes, Newcastle would have had no chance of getting this glorious point. But this game was all about what Florian did in the Everton box in the final minutes.

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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156 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #121

    Jail
    Brian Reade is a lifelong red – born and brought up in Dipperville
    He’s normally a lefty political commentator and rarely writes on
    footy teams other than LPool.
    He’s a hell of a good plagiariser mind – most of that stuff on Ashley is
    lifted straight from the Mag or True Faith.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #122

    Fair and balanced hypocrisy is the way of the positive blogger

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  • posada

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #123

    That’s true about Liverpool.
    They don’t change their tactics.
    4/3/3.
    Two quick CBs so they can push right up. It’s pointless the front three and midfield pushing up if your back line can’t as they are scared of pace. Their 2 CBs could cope one on one with the quickest.

    2 FBs who can push on and attack space. Then deliver with a cross etc.

    We simply could not play that way.
    Those 2 CBs are key. Even more so than their front 3.

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  • posada

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #124

    When you play Liverpool you end up playing within a band on the pitch.
    It’s a band 5 yards into their half and about 30 yards into your half.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #125

    It’s funny how when someone says they “hear” the players really like Bruce or a reporter claims the players like this or that its seen as FACT and has to be true.

    Yet when people who see with their own eyes we’re all over the shop like a kids team they’re told they’re negative or doom sayers idiots etc, that they don’t support the club and want the club to fail.

    Is this the NUFC blog or the daily sport blog?

    No realists here please, only fantasists allowed.

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  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #126

    Jiblets

    Brian Reade’s ‘a hell of a good plagiariser? That’s one helluva compliment coming from you.

    🙂 

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #127

    Jib,
    A lot better written than The Mag as you would expect from a professional journalist. You have to admit that he’s right. Bruce is just another symptom. While Ashley is here this is as good as it gets.

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  • Jib

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #128

    lesh
    It takes one to know one
    😛

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  • posada

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #129

    This might be as good as it gets.
    Rafa kept us up on a shoe string. That was his job. The main benefactor of his 3 years was Ashley.

    Bruce. Will he keep us up on a shoe string. looks likely. That’s his job. The main benefactor will be Ashley.

    Rafa was able to cast himself in the role of Robin Hood to Ashley’s of Sheriff of Nottingham.
    Bruce can’t.

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  • Jib

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #130

    Bruce could play Friar Tuck

    😀

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #131

    It’s good to sit back and see the comments and gauge the deliberate lies that reign here. I’d still like to see the list of posters who are disappointed when we don’t win. Theres a huge myth propagated by some to polarise those who still think Bruce is a shortfall appointment. Get on board or be a mackem, great argument. And then there’s the inflammatory ones who stole the fires, welshgeordie with his inanely juvenile “in Bruce we trust” jibes and of course c-dog doing his sniper in the belltower act, not helping, just goading. And the Rafa regurgitation – when will it end?

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  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #132

    Bruce has been running things on a shoestring has he? Ok.

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  • lesh

    Jan 23, 2020 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #133

    Jiblets

    It takes one to know one [a plagiarist]. Yup, wasn’t it you suggested that Reade had lifted his copy from The Mag?

    🙂

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  • Jib

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #134

    Sheesh lesh you don’t operate at a very high intellectual level do you ?
    My comment was mocking myself (hence the emoji)

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #136

    I am just amazed at how we have so many points especially in the last 3 games I think the majority on here would have thought a point against Wolves , Chelsea and Everton but to have 5 is unreal! Especially as we got pounded in every game!

    It does feel like its going to be a long slog like this for the whole season Bruce’s remit under Ashley would have be keep us up no matter what and you get your bonuses etc and hes achieving it so far but I do always worry with us our luck could easily run out in the games we are expected to win!

    Norwich at home will be an interesting one they pressed us all over the park and we got outnumbered and Bruce didn’t change anything until it was far too late now he should know how they play now so we should be looking to have 3 in midfield to match their energy but I wouldn’t be surprised to watch us get dominated and fluke a result

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  • posada

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #137

    Looks like it’s a sell out for the game Saturday.
    Oxford may send some of their 5K allocation back.
    Otherwise it looks like they are all gone.

    It’s a funny old club.
    This is a funny old blog.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #138

    Steve Bruce has done a good job in maintaining the great spirit in the players this season. I get the impression he is a good motivator and manner with the players and has a different style to Rafa who is very aloof.
    However, I have no doubt Rafa built this squad and Bruce is benefiting from it.
    One other point; much is made of the fact we have more points than last season, but the results in the second half of last season were better so the form continued into this season.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #139

    Posada
    Newcastle IS a funny old club mate! There is no other club like it! No trophy since 1969 and the best support in the premier league!
    The owners come and go but the support is permanent!
    Howay the Lads !

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #140

    Jail

    I shall take your advice.

    I will ignore you in future as you can only see your point of view, and if anyone dares to be pleasantly surprised by our points total or the fact that a hugely unpopular managerial appointment is somehow bearing fruit, then you try to outshout them.

    Oh and if me saying a positive thing wasn’t bad enough, I am going to the match on Saturday and I will enjoy myself too.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #141

    Another day stuck in Blackpool heliport OMGawd.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #142

    If you picked your top ten strikers to lead our line for the rest of the season, that’s 15 games. then you’d surely pick Edinson Cavani among them, and he’s available.

    However…..”Chelsea want Edinson Cavani so much they will pay a £5m loan fee and cover the striker’s £360,000-a-week wages in full to take him from Paris Saint-Germain for the remainder of the season, but are likely to find that the striker is committed to Atlético Madrid.”

    Good Lord, that’s about what we paid the entire 11 that took the pitch at Everton.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #143
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #144

    So what out of the following isn’t true. I’m struggling to argue with any of it and nice to see a fair and balanced article.

    Brian Reade writing in The Mirror:

    Steve Bruce has Newcastle squirming to safety on the cheap – but it’s an unjustly reward…a slim, grim survival will be hailed as a major success for Ashleynomics

    …a former Sunderland boss with a joke of a track record compared to Benitez’s, who was seen as another bargain basement Sports Direct purchase…he has confounded footballing logic.

    His small, injury-battered squad sit in mid-table on the same points as Arsenal despite playing football that’s almost as dire as the statistics which have them at the bottom of charts for expected goals, expected points, passes, possession and shots on goal.

    …rode their luck against a wasteful Chelsea and scored with their one serious effort on target in the 93rd minute…against Everton they had one chance in 90 minutes before substitute centre-half Florian Lejeune snatched two stoppage-time goals and stole a point. The word “inexplicable” appeared in every report and even captain Jamaal Lascelles called it “the weirdest game.”

    But Bruce doing well is a double-edged sword for many. To the thousands of season-ticket holders boycotting St James’ Park, his grinding out of results through doggedness and fortune is a painful scenario.

    Squirming to safety on the cheap, with ugly smash-and-grabs, unjustly rewards the poverty of ambition which has held the club back throughout Ashley’s tenure.
    They are still under-resourced, scraping around for loans in this transfer window when the squad is crying out for quality.

    The academy, training facilities, commercial side and support staff are still in dire need of investment.

    The main beef with Bruce is his acceptance of Ashley’s status quo. He gets the players he’s given, based on how cheap they can be brought in not the suitability for squad progression, and he makes the best of it.

    A model that Benitez ultimately refused to go along with as did all other elite coaches approached to replace him. But Bruce, back in his home city and back in the Premier League signed up without question.

    The fear among those who have ambition for a club with such huge pride and potential is that a slim, grim survival will be hailed as a major success for Ashleynomics and they’ll have more of the same under Bruce next season.

    They know he will only turn water into wine for so long. As they’ve seen before with every manager under Ashley who has enjoyed a decent run. The lack of quality on the pitch and the lack of intent to improve it, eventually catches up with them.

    It’s a dilemma for any Geordie who believes Bruce is doing a great job against horrendous odds, but who sees their club as something better than a Premier League water-treader whose only purpose is to act as a Sports Direct billboard.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #145

    droppy in Wallsend,
    Never ever had a problem with you, your joke about Churnleys head was one of the funniest things I’ve ever read on here. I disagreed with something you posted and questioned it. I wasn’t abrasive or rude and didn’t insult you. Sorry mate but your reaction to that was that of a spoiled child. “I’m allowed to comment” what on earth did you have to post that for, I never suggested for a minute you weren’t.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #146

    https://www.facebook.com/newcastleunited/videos/2159919857351582/

    Not exactly not playing for the manager and not showing spirit

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #147

    I’m glad you posted that in full Rotonda, I missed the last two paragraphs.

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  • Jib

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #148

    hibbit
    make your mind up son !

    Ashley is either a greedy git plundering fortunes out of NUFC
    or
    He’s doing SD deals on tickets

    Which is it ?

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  • Ron Knee

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #149

    “He gets the players he’s given, based on how cheap they can be brought in not the suitability for squad progression,…”

    Except when he needs to make a PR splash (Joelinton).

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  • hibbit

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #150

    Jib
    just trying to be fair and balanced 😀

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  • droppy in Wallsend

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #151

    Jail

    I posted that as you misunderstood the point I made and asked for explanation of why I had this opinion.

    I said more fight than in the comments on here, you took that as more fight than Rafa got out of them, you also seemed to think I had somehow decided that the spirit of the squad was all down to Bruce which I didn’t.

    This morning it’s that I don’t belong on the blog.

    Never had an issue with you at all and often agree with your points, but if I don’t agree I don’t feel the need to wade in.

    I like the differing views and the general decent humour of the posters here, some genuinely grate on me so I skip them. If I had a differing point I would simply state why I disagreed, not descend into name calling or perpetuating an old argument for days on end.

    Anyway have a good day mate.

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #152

    Jib; If Ashley was investing in the club and actively improving the product on the pitch to the point we could genuinely compete in the league and cups, he would not have to reduce the price of the tickets. They would be snapped up at full value furthermore he would not have to give season tickets away.

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  • hibbit

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #153

    jib
    will you be going on Saturday or is a fiver still to much 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #154

    Ok droppy,
    Peace brother

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  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 23, 2020 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #155

    Jib; with regards to Brian Reade, he writes a football column in the Mirror every week and is not limited to Liverpool. No-one can argue with his opinion in the paper today. He is 100% correct. I couldn’t care what his source material is, the Mag and True Faith will only have Newcastle United supporters reading them. The Mirror will have a larger audience and it’s pleasing the nationals are spreading the word.

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  • Moonraker15

    Jan 23, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #156

    Jib
    Your continued support for the regime is as embarrassing as it is pointless.
    Every pundit and sports journalist has seen through Ashley by now and we all know it will eventually end in relegation. The Joelinton signing is an indication of the diabolical mismanagement at the top, as was the refusal to retain the excellent Rondon!

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