This is the team that Steve Bruce selected for the 3-2 win against West Brom in the FA Cup, including the three second-half substitutes.
Here are our individual player ratings for the match.
Karl Darlow – 6
- Darlow wasn’t forced into any spectacular saves though he faced his fair share of shots. It started right out of the gate as Fabian Schar had the balled nicked by Karl Edwards just outside the box, but his rocket of a shot was straight at Darlow. Karl got the job done but was unconvincing at times and required two goal-line clearances from his teammates.
Javier Manquillo – 7
- Manquillo played well just four days after making his first start after a lengthy lay off through injury. He was solid defensively and got forward quite a bit. Karl Edwards waltzed by him a little too easily for West Brom’s second goal. The left-winger then found Kenneth Zohore who brought West Brom within one goal. However, Manquillo is our clear number one at right back with his performances this season.
Jamaal Lascelles – 8
- Jamaal was outstanding in the air once again continually winning his aerial duels. The captain made the safe plays as West Brom kept pushing for goals throughout the second half. He got caught a little flat-footed on West Brom’s second as Karl Edwards got to the byline. Though the winger ended up beating three Magpies on his run.
Fabian Schar – 7
- Schar tried to get us moving forward early in the game. He launched a few stellar long balls out to the right flank early in the game. We were a bit worried with Fabian in a back four but he did quite well making some critical interceptions and blocks and even another goal line clearance. Though he was a bit casual at times and it almost cost Newcastle early when he was dispossessed by Karl Edwards in the 4th minute. Schar also didn’t do enough to help Manquillo when Karl Edwards got by him during the second goal. Though it was a good performance from Fabian and he offers more going forward that Federico Fernandez but likely didn’t do enough to unseat the Argentine for this weekend.
Danny Rose – 8
- Danny had his best performance so far in a Newcastle shirt. He was excellent defensively, though he didn’t venture forward too much. He made two crucial clearances one of which was off the line just minutes after Lazaro’s goal.
Nabil Bentaleb – 6
- Bentaleb played much better than he did over the past two weeks. Though he’s still lacking match sharpness. He bungled an excellent chance when he robbed Gareth Barry and broke into the box, but his pass to Almiron was well behind the Paraguayan. He’s got the ability but sometimes makes poor decisions which puts his teammates under pressure or squanders chances.
Sean Longstaff – 7
- Sean started very brightly for Newcastle. He battled hard to keep possession and tried to push Newcastle forward from deep. However, Longstaff had some wayward moments and wasn’t always stout protecting the backline in the second half. He was pushed forward when Almiron came off for Shelvey and had terrific effort saved by Bond. While it was a lot better than against Crystal Palace and Arsenal, the midfield pairing of Longstaff and Bentaleb sometimes leaves a lot to be desired.
Valentino Lazaro – 7
- Playing a more advanced role on the right wing, Valentino looked very composed and was a constant threat down the right. He still tracked back, and his off the ball movement was outstanding. He made an astute run for his goal when he got in the perfect position for the ball to bounce off his torso and into the goal. Valentino tired late but latest 90 minutes before being brought off for Florian Lejeune.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 8
- Allan started very sluggishly and looked like his hamstring was troubling him early. However, he came to life after a 30-yard bullet struck the post at the 30-minute mark. Showed everything he is about on the first goal with his strength, power, pace, and skill as he played a perfect ball to the running Almiron. An outstanding performance from the Frenchman with his two assists on the night.
Miguel Almiron – 9
- Almiron was superb once again playing the number 10 role. He scored two absolute beauties and was a constant threat all night long. He gracefully played off the back of Joelinton while also helping Longstaff and Bentaleb with defensive duties. He once again ran all over the pitch before being replaced for Jonjo Shelvey in the 70th minute.
Joelinton – 7
- This was much better from Joelinton in the number 9 role. He worked very well with Miguel Almiron, and the two looked a threat all night long. His best moment in a Newcastle shirt, other than the Spurs goal, was when he gathered a ball down the left and easily beat his man to get a shot off in the box. He was almost knocked out by Gareth Barry, but it was a confident run we’ve seen too little of from the Brazilian. He got an assist on Almiron’s second goal with a lovely back heel in the box. Joelinton also did a lot of the physical work that allowed the other three forwards to shine.
Jonjo Shelvey – 6
- Jonjo came on in the 70th minute for Miguel Almiron. He had a few decent moments on the ball but lacked the overall grit that the moment required. Newcastle were under pressure and Shelvey was sometimes too nonchalant.
Dwight Gayle – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating. Gayle came on in the 80th minute for Saint-Maximin. He had a chance to put the game to bed on a late break but failed to get the ball to Jonjo, and the opportunity was squandered.
Florian Lejeune – n/a
- Not enough time on the pitch to get a rating. Was brought on to shore up the defense in the 90th minute for Valentino Lazaro. Florian allowed Zohore to burst by him for the second goal.
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match In FA Cup Win At West Brom?
- Miguel Almiron (80%, 1,769 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (9%, 207 )
- Joelinton (5%, 111 )
- Valentino Lazaro (2%, 38 )
- Javier Manquillo (1%, 20 )
- Nabil Bentaleb (1%, 14 )
- Karl Darlow (0%, 9 )
- Sean Longstaff (0%, 9 )
- Fabian Schar (0%, 6 )
- Danny Rose (0%, 5 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (0%, 4 )
- Dwight Gayle (0%, 4 )
- Jamaal Lascelles (0%, 3 )
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