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Our Player Ratings For The Underwhelming 0-0 Draw Against Norwich


This is the team that Bruce selected for the 0-0 draw against Norwich City, including the three second-half substitutes.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 8

  • Dubravka was outstanding against Norwich on Saturday in claiming his 7th clean sheet this term. Once again, he made the saves to keep Newcastle in the game. It started early for the Slovakian with a reaction save on a header from Sam Byram on a fifth-minute Norwich corner. Martin made another excellent save on a blistering Teemu Pukki shot in the 16th minute. Then in the 72nd minute, he did well to save another Pukki effort after a Jamaal Lascelles error led to a one-on-one.

DeAndre Yedlin – 3

  • This was not the type of performance DeAndre Yedlin should be putting in with Valentino Lazaro coming in last week. The American found plenty of space down the right flank and proved a good outlet. However, his touch and deliveries were pathetic. He had one good cross in the 20th minute that found Joelinton in the box. Bruce pulled him for Lazaro early in the second half.

Federico Fernandez – 8

  • Fernandez was our best defender on the day. He made some crucial clearances and interceptions. Fede made a fantastic last gasp effort on a Pukki breakaway in the 28th minute. The Argentine also did well moving the ball forward despite his limitations and put in a few crosses. He should have done better on a late Matt Ritchie corner which he tamely headed over the crossbar.

Jamaal Lascelles – 6

  • Our captain was suspect at times in this one. He made a howler in the 72nd minute when he controlled a long ball in front of the box only to pass it straight to Teemu Pukki, who ended up through on goal. Lascelles did have a lot of clearances, but they often resulted in more opportunities for Norwich. He also struggled to contain Pukki, who on a better night, could have had another hat trick. That being said, Jamaal marshaled a defense that held out for a clean sheet.

Ciaran Clark – 7

  • It was a typical Ciaran Clark display on Saturday. The 30-year-old threw himself about to block shots and make clearances. Ciaran did very well to recover with a sliding goal-line clearance after Dubravka’s save on a Pukki effort bounced off him and was goalbound.

Matt Ritchie – 6

  • Ritchie struggled a bit against Norwich. He was beaten a few times defensively, but Ciaran Clark did well to cover for him. His lack of explosion going forward is very apparent compared to what Willems brought to the team. However, his passion is always there, and he did much better in possession than many of his teammates.

Nabil Bentaleb – 6

  • Our new midfielder had another decent performance as he works his way back to match fitness. He was able to last the full 90 minutes but faded late. Nabil made some tidy passes and will only get better with more time on the pitch. Bentaleb showed a bit of his aggression with a late challenge on Emi Buendia that earned him a yellow.

Isaac Hayden – 5

  • Hayden had a tough afternoon dealing with an attack-minded Norwich midfield. He did well winning the ball at times and made some crisp tackles. However, he showed little inclination to move the team forward. Isaac was replaced by Sean Longstaff in the second half.

Miguel Almiron – 5

  • Almiron was a willing runner all afternoon, but it didn’t amount to much. He had the best chance on the day and should have scored when he headed a rebound from a Tim Krul save wide in the 20th minute. Miguel also didn’t track Sam Byrum on a 58th-minute corner which the Norwich defender got on the end of, but his downward header bounced over the goal.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 8

  • We hope that Valentino Lazaro can have a similar impact down the right to complement Allan’s threat on the left. The Frenchman is so direct and created a fair few chances against Norwich. His runs scared the daylights out of Norwich’s defenders as he often drew 2-3 players his way. He had a terrific effort in the 68th minute that Krul’s outstretched reach just managed to tip wide of the post for a corner. Allan gets hacked down a lot and is still adjusting to the physicality of the Premier League. Our already minimal threat on the break practically disappeared when he was brought off in the 78th minute for Danny Rose. However, he was shattered, so Bruce had little option but to make the change.

Joelinton – 7

  • Joelinton maintained possession very well and dominated his aerial duels. However, he was again far too isolated and had no chances other than an early header that went straight to Krul. He took an ill-advised shot after a pass from Bentaleb in the 56th minute but could have sent Almiron through on his right if he’d passed instead.

Subs

Valentino Lazaro – 7

  • We were surprised that Valentino did not get a start against Norwich. However, he made his Newcastle debut coming on for Yedlin early in the second half. He looked a bit tentative going forward but was very composed on the ball. What impressed us most was his defensive awareness and positioning. We think he’ll get more adventurous going forward with a few more games under his belt.

Sean Longstaff – 7

  • Sean Longstaff came on for Isaac Hayden close to the 60-minute mark and was much more proficient on the ball. Sean looked more assured than against Oxford where his confidence seemed shot.

Danny Rose – n/a

  • Rose made his Newcastle debut coming on for Allan Saint-Maximin in the 79th minute. Not on the pitch long enough for a rating.

71 comments so far

  • lesh

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Jib

    Are you seriously suggesting that Bruce instigated the supposed bid for Boubakary Soumaré? You’ll be saying he asked for Joelinton next.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Jib,
    I wonder if Bruce flew out to meet the lad, explain our philosophy and where and how he was going to play him. If it is true that St Max video called him and showed him the wheelie bins then Churnleys claim that a player has never turned us down due to the facilities has been blown right out of the water.

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  • AncientC

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Online Guy, a fair attempt. I bet somewhere out there is a fellow using the CB handle ‘Joe Sophistication’, give him a try for an answer to that question.

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Last season we made loads of chances but couldn’t finish them.

    This year Joelinton gets shit because we can’t make chances.

    We can’t even do the basics like stretch a team, make runs off players and pass the simple straightforward pass.

    We’re where we are through luck not good judgement

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  • FloridaToon(SDFC)

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #5

    A 3 for Yedlin….that’s harsh. His crosses were bad but he made good runs all day and didn’t have any issues defensively.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Essex
    My problem was mainly second half when he had chances to pass inside to Ritchie but tried one dribble to many
    Jail
    Ain’t got a notepad and hate bovril

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  • yorkymag

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Jib
    Can I ask why you immediately start calling people when a different view is expressed to your absolute s..t

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  • Reilly

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #8

    We had zero chance of signing Soumaré.All the top clubs in europe are looking at him ffs.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Not getting a striker in is suicidal. Could we not even gamble on a bench warmer from the Championship? No one on loan? Free agents? ANYBODY!? We have been EXTREMELY lucky this season. Our goal threat is literally none existant.

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  • yorkymag

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Not in “Jib world”

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  • coming home

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #11

    3_ for yedlin is ridiculous he was at least a 6 that said I think Lazaro looked a good upgrade

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  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #12

    We fully deserved to get beat today and are lucky to get a draw! I think that’s now the 4th or 5th game in a row now…

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  • yorkymag

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Ranger
    I understand your point ,but I guess the view is we will get the 7 points that will achieve safety
    And then we can re group
    I am not saying I agree with this but I guess there was little chance of signing a striker just lots of noise to make us think we tried

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Florida,
    I doubt Bruce has got his players. The summers business was already in the pipeline before he arrived. The actual sum spent is irrelevant, the squad was weaker at the start of this season, given our attack, and missing Diame in midfield.

    The managers really don’t matter. We have had these performances occurring throughout most of Ashleys tenure. Who the manager is, their history, previous success/failings is irrelevant. A lacklustre, negative performance like today isn’t acceptable at home against bottom of the table.

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  • toon kk

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #15

    Basically Bruce is getting the same off people as Rafa did off some after a bad performance.
    No manager wants their players to under preform or give the ball away cheaply.
    Rafa used to say I don’t know what went wrong.
    A win everything is rosy a defeat or a under par performance Sack the manager.
    I always look at the players individual performance.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Yorkymag that is the view the NUFC hierarchy will share too, unfortunately that ain’t good enough for me. It might be for the 52k who will likely turn up aimlessly every week. Not signing a striker when our combined total of goals amounts to ONE when we’re over half way through the season is ridiculous… And a frightening sign of the times.

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #17

    I have a load of stuff to say but can’t be arsed to type. We need an audio function where we can record little snippets and add them to the conversation.

    Could have a lot of fun with it when the blog goes in to meltdown ahaaa

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  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #18

    Just keep playing Joelinton upfront by himself every week, the goals will come… Not. Wonder what the worst goals per game ratio in the EPL is? If Joe is here for the next 5 seasons then he’s gonna take some beating.

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  • yorkymag

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #19

    I agree
    I don’t think anyone can not think a striker was not required
    But I have given up on logic when it comes to Ashley’s rotten regime

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  • yorkymag

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #20

    And unfortunately
    Bruce now thinks he can be the mouthpiece of the rubbish they want us to believe

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  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Bit hard to rotate your fowards when they aren’t fit, for purpose, then you don’t strengthen in the window.

    Nothing better available, I dare say Bobbybee would give more of a show than one or two of them. No offense bobby.

    Today’s performance was nothing new, it was more blatant because Norwich are pants, a decent under 23 side would have spanked them.

    Hats off to Charnley

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  • coming home

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #22

    Toon tang that would be dangerous with the characters on here

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  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #24

    If you can’t rotate your forwards because they aren’t fit for purpose, and let’s face it are all shite, then why not try and sign someone? Sorry am I missing something here?

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  • stan anderson

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #25

    As for cabbage heeds comment about bidding club record for whoever,it is insulting most fans intelligence.
    The problem is a whole load of fans believe it to be true.
    They are the ones who attend the crap matches week after week and cant see past the points we have on the board at present.
    Regardless of the dire football,its just the fact we have another point towards AshLie,s target.
    People are blaming Rafa for our failings sums it up.
    You get what you deserve.
    People try to hide our inadequate performances by saying Sunlan got beat,
    We are,nt all thick because we are Geordies

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #26

    Ya not wrong CH mate. I could see a load of old skool True Geordie type rants being uploaded.

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  • investinyouthtoon

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #27

    MagpieRanger I have to disagree on a couple of points. 1- we have more than enough quality in strikers. Despite this, Muto and Joe are not strikers and gayle and Andy are injured more than humpty dumpy. 2- MA is going above and beyond what any other owners are expected to do making the owners like Mansours green with envy.I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Ashley even fetches the water himself for the oaddling pools and wheelie bins.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Are we all going mad?

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #29

    True Geordies peak before he stopped doing toon vids and went a bit to commercialised.

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Ranger, slightly aye

    Weve been driven to it though.

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #31

    Magpieranger

    It’s almost unbelievable that Bruce didn’t push for another “proven” striker! It’s quiet possible that Carroll and Gayle remain unfit leaving Muto as the only other option.
    Maybe Bruce is frightened to ask as he recommended Carroll when everyone knew he was a crock! It is a strange one because if our luck runs out we cold still be in relegation trouble even now! Didn’t they try for Giroud on loan?

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  • dougie

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #32

    Serial failure(I don’t really do tactics)Bruce and the parasite are a match made in hell for any sporting enterprise.With an inept manager and an owner that only owns the sporting institution that used to be called NUFC to advertise a tat shop empire was never going to end well.Whisper it though or bills son is back will accuse you of being a nazi that killed millions.Him and others of his ilk,(we all know who they are)don’t take kindly to any sort of criticism of Sports Direct FC.Astonishing really how any sane person would try and defend this horror show.It takes all sorts I guess!

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  • toon kk

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #33

    We’re probably sticking with Joelinton apart from we have very little option but of his price tag.
    It’s like having Joselu up front a lack of goals is inevitable.
    Although with the right players around him the goals would come, he’d never be prolific but cirtainly there would be a diffence.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Muto and Joelinton are not good enough. Gayle is a proven Championship goal scorer but can’t hack it in the EPL. Carroll is handful on his day but is passed his best and injury prone.

    Rondon was a good, proven goalscorer who was strong, good in the air and had good hold up play. Worked well this season and he would have done good for us this season. Think 99% on this blog would agree apart from Jib and his idiotic, lard arse idol Ashley.

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  • ToonMatt

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Just looking at our fixtures and the league table? 7 points off a relegation place and 13 games left to play, does anyone else think we could go down? Ashley took a gamble thinking we are safe and didn’t think we needed a striker, away to Arsenal next, we have no chance in hell of getting anything from that game.

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  • MagpieRanger

    Feb 1, 2020 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #36

    Expect Bruce to try and draw his way to safety this season cause I think even he knows how bad we are up top but hasn’t got the balls to tell his superiors.

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 1, 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #37

    Stan
    Well said! The regime is corrupt and a bunch of liars! Bruce is either VERY thick or else he’s in on the game!
    “We had a private jet standing by ready to go to meet this French midfielder”. What a load of tosh!
    If Charnley or Ashley would ever do pressers or Statements we wouldn’t be so bloody sceptical.
    Oh dear what are they doing to our great club!

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  • coming home

    Feb 1, 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Toonmatt looking at w ham Watford and Bournemouth,s fixtures I think we will get over the line and be safe,but we will have a struggle getting points fro. Now on

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  • Reilly

    Feb 1, 2020 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #39

    I dont think we will go down this season(Rafa tactics).But next season when bruce finally stamps his identity on the team then yes.

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  • FloridaToon(SDFC)

    Feb 1, 2020 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #40

    lil

    While I agree Joe was, for whatever reason, a top priority to sign by MA I believe ASM was a bruce signing as well as the 3 loans we just got. And I will respectfully disagree that the amount spent doesn’t matter. Maybe our last manager would have got the same, maybe not. Most can agree that MA is the issue but recently I feel like I am listening to Pardew or Maclaren talk when Bruce speaks…a mouthpiece supporting MA’s actions. This team is crying out for a more open style of play, especially against lower division opponents in the cup, but its the same old same old. Bruce is the manager and needs to fix the things he keeps complaining about match after match.

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