This is the team Steve Bruce selected for the 0-0 stalemate at St James Park against Burnley, including the one second-half substitute.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Martin Dubravka – 7
- Dubravka was barely tested by Burnley, who managed only one attempt on target. However, the Slovakian did well to soldier on after suffering an early lower leg injury that seemed to bother him the entire match. He made one acrobatic clearance on a cross in the first half. Martin commanded his area well and was quick to come off his line when needed.
Javier Manquillo – 7
- Manquillo managed to get forward quite in his fullback role. He was defensively solid and handled Dwight McNeill very capably. The Spaniard had a few decent deliveries but squandered a lot of good opportunities with poor crosses, especially in the second half. A 17th-minute cross did find Dwight Gayle in the box but his shot was blocked. Overall, a solid return to the side for Manquillo who didn’t show too much rust despite being out since the 1st of January.
Jamaal Lascelles – 7
- Lascelles was a commanding presence in the back four. Burnley play a lot of long balls, and the captain handled them without much bother. Burnley brought Chris Wood on at the hour mark, and they started to become more of a threat. However, Lascelles and Fernandez quickly adapted to the more physical presence of Wood and kept him quiet after his initial impact.
Federico Fernandez – 7
- Newcastle played slightly higher up the pitch and Fede was almost caught out once, but Dubravka astutely came for the ball. The Argentine was solid pairing with Lascelles. They both won their share of aerial duels. Fernandez had an outstanding block on Jay Rodgriguez in the first half near Dubravka’s near post. It was a composed and safe performance from Federico.
Danny Rose – 5
- Rose is improving slightly but still looks out of sorts. He lacks chemistry with his teammates at the moment. However, he’s the only natural left fullback in the squad who can play in a back four. He made a dreadful back pass that sent Jay Rodriquez through on Dubravka in the 61st minute. Luckily, Rodriquez fired it well over the bar. There also could have been a VAR challenge for offside if it went in but still a daft mistake. He did decent defensively but showed very little going forward.
Isaac Hayden – 5
- Hayden stifled a lot of Newcastle’s play in the first half. He was ponderous on the ball and passed backward too often. Isaac improved slightly in the second half. He, however, was sound defensively and made some critical interceptions and timely challenges.
Jonjo Shelvey – 7
- Shelvey’s impact was immediate as he pinged some beautiful balls out wide to Manquillo. The 28-year-old played a stunning through ball with the outside of his left boot to a running Dwight Gayle. Unfortunately, Gayle’s first touch let him down. Jonjo was constantly looking to take shots from range and had a few efforts blocked. He faded in the second half as expected. Bruce probably should have pulled Shelvey and put Bentaleb or Sean Longstaff in at some point in the game. For Shelvey, he generally gets through games but struggles with recovery. So having him play the full ninety minutes for his first game back may not have been wise. That’s what happened against Chelsea, and he ended up out for another month. We’ve missed what he brings and need him for the run-in.
Matt Ritchie – 6
- Ritchie came out of the gate with maybe to much angst. He tried to do too much and forced some situations. However, he grew into the game and become one of our most likely goal candidates. Ritchie came so close late in the first half when a corner fell to him, and his deflected effort struck the outside of the near post. Then he launched a blistering effort that sailed just wide from about 25 yards out in the second half. Matt got into the box and probably should have done better on a couple of chances. Especially the one in the final minute on a break with Jonjo.
Joelinton – 6
- Bruce put the Brazilian on the left wing and he was decent. Joelinton worked very hard and made sure he tracked back to help Danny Rose. He was in the box defending, and he cleared a corner in the first half. However, he appeared to fade and probably should have been pulled at the hour mark if Saint-Maximin was fully fit. The 23-year-old once again posed no threat on goal. Joe needs better movement after making a pass. He does well to maintain possession and lay off good passes but should then make runs forward rather than stay so static.
Miguel Almiron – 7
- Almrion played the number 10 role and was very good. He had a few bursts and did well to get in and around the box often. However, the Paraguayan’s end product was lacking. Outstanding turn near the halfway mark to launch an attack just before the half. Made the correct pass to Gayle on his right, whose effort was collected by Pope. He made an excellent cross from byline that found Gayle but his acrobatic effort wasn’t on target. Miguel was once again his fully committed self as he ran all over the pitch. He should definitely continue in this central role.
Dwight Gayle – 6
- It’s not surprising that Dwight lacked sharpness after barely playing this entire season. This was just his third start and what he adds undeniably made a difference against Burnley. Dwight was always running the channels and getting into space. However, he was up against James Tarkowski and Ben Mee, who expertly handled most of the long balls directed to Gayle. His first touch let him down on a number of occasions, but he got away some decent efforts. He had the best cross of the game late in the first half, but Ritchie’s header was just wide of the far post. Dwight was rusty but hopefully can stay fit for the run-in and should get only get better the more he plays.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 6
- Allan came on in the 78th minute for Joelinton. In his limited time, he was desperate to create some chances. Struck the ball very well after a short corner but was straight to Pope. Unfortunately, he’s still struggling with his hamstring injury which could be an issue if it lingers for the remainder of the season.
Who Was Newcastle's Best Player In 0-0 Draw Against Burnley?
- Miguel Almiron (39%, 496 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (16%, 202 )
- Matt Ritchie (12%, 153 )
- Dwight Gayle (9%, 109 )
- Martin Dubravka (7%, 93 )
- Javier Manquillo (6%, 74 )
- Joelinton (5%, 60 )
- Federico Fernandez (2%, 26 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (2%, 21 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (1%, 13 )
- Danny Rose (1%, 12 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 11 )
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