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Our Player Ratings For The 3-2 Win Over West Brom

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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37 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 4, 2020 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Sadly I didn’t see the game but was Joel played through the middle or on left? Good to hear we are getting up the pitch as a unit a bit more. See how it goes against better opposition though.

  • Jib

    Mar 4, 2020 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Joelinton and Miggy transitioned really well
    Sometimes it looked like 4 – 4 – 2
    Sometimes 4 – 4 – 1 – 1
    with them switching the front man role
    both comfortable drifting out wide

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #3

    jimiley, you need to separate Mike Ashley the man from Sports Direct the corporate entity which invests in the High Street chains.

    Mike Ashley owns NUFC through MASH Holdings, he also holds a controlling stake in Sports Direct. However, these two entities are legally separate and money cannot pass directly between them unless it’s declared. Ashley could draw money out of NUFC and he could invest it in Sports Direct, but only realistically by buying shares.

    There is no evidence of this happening in the club accounts. Ashley wouldn’t do it, he would be taxed massively on the money he took out of NUFC and would be less than certain to get the money back from Sports Direct in the future.

    He takes money out from nice little deals on the peripheral services – I’ve described before how his 51% ownership of KBA allowed him to reap the benefits of the hundreds of thousands of pounds of consultancy fees paid to Keith Bishop’s PR agency – but to say he withdraws money and invests it in the High Street is just nonsense, sorry.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #4

    Neil, not sure Darlow deserved a ‘6’ – looked decidedly shaky at times, flapping at driven shots, playing them like a volleyball. Bit weird, honestly.

    Very pleased to have Dubs as our number one, Darlow has never progressed since we were promoted.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #5


    From previous thread, agreed, mid table and cup run is a good season for us

  • Bladey

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #6

    So Steve I have a question for you
    Are you a good manager
    Your a liar
    The player ratings are a joke by the way
    And frankly they are pointless
    The game last night at 3-0 a good team would of seen it out comfortably we have played supposedly inferior teams and nearly bottled the lot now we are at the business end
    The completion starts now

  • Bladey

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #7

    I know there are oxford scholars on here

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #8

    Joelinton was the focal point last night, amazing how he looked a completely different player as we managed to get runners off him. He had support alot closer to him and was the focal point for all 3 goals with his initial hold up.

    Played through the middle aswell, he needs almiron in the no10 role who also looks like that is his actual position, made really good runs and looked a threat all game.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Bentaleb didn’t bungle that pass to Al – Al is all left foot and the pass caught him off balance to take it with his left.

    He could/should have taken it on his right but that’s the problem sometimes with being one footed.

  • JDdubai

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #10

    4231 for the rest of the season please Brucey.

    Miggy clearly as a 10, bellmay-esque bussing around the CF, closing down, running the channels.

    CF and CM look our weakest areas, I really think Matty has more potential than Sean in CM, needs much more development but potential is clear, really will be gutted if they mess this up with him and we lose him.
    thought joe did alright in his link up play, offers more when he has Miggy around him and other team mates within 30m of him strangely enough…!

    Back 4 looked good again, Lascelles was excellent i thought without getting much praise.

    Soton at the weekend, first test to see if Bruce sticks with this formation or reverts to the defensive crap we have had for the past few months. Be brave Steve, push them back!

  • Australian Pie

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #11

    You have to be careful being to harsh on Hope, I think he does try to bring out the stuff that thr powers at the club try to hard but will get it wrong at times and look like he’s just stirring trouble. We do need people who are happy to call the club out

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Dont see what people are complaining about, it wasnt the tactics but the players down tooled like oxford game. We simply dont know how to game manage and just panic instead.

    That’s nothing to do with tactics or management but more to do with experience of controlling games.

    I do find it funny tho that people are quick to blame bruce for the 2 goals conceded yet refuse to praise him for getting us to a quarter final in the cup. If it was the previous manager I can only imagine the hype talk of his greatness

  • Australian Pie

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Bladey are you toon22’s conjoined twin? You both have the IQ of Bobby’s gold fish (sorry Bobby)

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #14

    Problem with southampton away is they normally play 532 or 5311.

    If that’s the case then 442 or 4411 wont work.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #15

    We always seem to make a mess of the two-on-one situations against opposition defenders. Definitely something that could / should be worked on in training. Gayle messed up two similar situations at the end, one through not making a run for Miggy to pass him the ball, the other through making a dogs’ ear of a pass to Shelvey.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #16

    The novelty of a comfortable lead unsettled the players.

  • Australian Pie

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Great to see the win I managed to knock off work and turn it on just in time for Miggys first. His second was an incredible finish and great assist from Joe.

    Bruces subs killed our game but can see why he wanted to drag off his prize gem miggy to protect for the weekend. It’s a shame the lads coming on couldn’t step in and control the game

  • JDdubai

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon

    Any formation can work, maybe tinker a little bit, let them worry about our pace on the break and maybe force them to change the way they play.
    Midfield will be key tho, can see our 2 getting overrun possibly unless our 4 squeeze in a bit or Miggy drops onto their holding CM to balance it out.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #19


    Gayle was clueless, went for the wrong option. As I keep saying about him, the lad simply isnt good enough. Maybe he was trying to be nice to WBA as he was on loan to them last season

  • Australian Pie

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Our Toon, exactly right, it’s much more the players to blame anyone who has played football know that when up 3-0 this lapse can happen. Shelvey didn’t look interested as we were easily winning and felt there was no Motivation for him to influence

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #21


    Any formation can work if the players are good enough for it to work, I just think it leaves us far more open defensively, at home I’m happy with 442, away from home not so much. Especially against a good team like southampton who have been in good form

  • IrishRob

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #22

    I for one think Bruce IS lying. The way Almiron celebrated with Maximin after his assist just screemed of he was giving him a pat on the back because hes under pressure at Newcastle atm. You dont get under pressure for being injured. Falling out with the coach tho……

    Secondly like I said yesterday it doesn’t make sense that he could be so bad that he doesnt start last sat then 3 days later he plays a practically a full match.

    I genuinely think Bruce is lying here. He got mad because reporters are meddling in club affairs, not because he felt he was in the right.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #23


    I see that celebration as something else, biggest criticism of ASM is he doesn’t get his head up to pick the right pass, he had a similar situation against oxford at home and delayed far to long before playing joe in who was offside.

    That celebration to me says that’s what you need to do more of and glad you got it right

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #24


    Got to diasgree with you on ASM being off in the summer for £40M.

    Not a chance, unless we are relegated or the club deem he is injury prone with his hammy’s.

    I’ll say it again…

    The club for all it’s stated aim of buying younger players has absolutely no history of cashing in on players whose value rises. The exception being AC.

    Players who have gone either pushed to get away ie., Cabaye, or were sold after we got relegated.

    Dubs, Lascelles, Schar, Lejuene and SLongstaff could all have been sold for hefty profits in the summer but they are still here.

    The 5/6 year contracts can work against us but what it does mean is that if a player does well in his first one or two seasons he will only be leaving for a price way above what he is really worth – and not for a price a buying club wants to pay.

    £40M for ASM to the likes of Wolves no chance. £60M i’d sell him but I seriously wouldn’t be surprised if the club didn’t.

    Take Sean, if ManU had offered £40M+ that was a price too good probably to turn down. Turning down £25M didn’t surprise me at all.

    And – if we do sell the likes of ASM or Miggy for massive money that doesn’t make us any different to the likes of Leicester and Spurs, never mind Lpool, who have all had to sell top players for daft money in recent years. Chilwell will probably be off in the summer.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #25

    Final note from me before I go, people need to remember WBA made 9 changes from normal starting xi. No surprises they made subs and the first team players could us problems.

    Food for thought before clamouring for the same formation going forward in all games

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #26

    IrishRob, is it not possible that ASM was disciplined for poor training last weekend by being dropped to the subs’ bench and that this was as far as it went? Or is it not reasonable that if a player’s hamstrings were a little sore that he isn’t asked to play a full 90 minutes but can do so a few days later?

    Even if the former, for Craig Hope to suggest that there was a ‘fallout’ and that the lad’s future at NUFC is on the line is a stretch on what should have been a routine internal disciplinary matter.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Not sure how motivated WBA were, given their priorities elsewhere, however, first half showing from us was a vast improvement and really enjoyable to watch. Hanging on a bit at the end but never really in trouble but that Edwards and 1 or 2 others looked useful for them.

    Shame it’s only taken 30 games to change formation and finally play some players in their correct positions, which makes a mockery of bruce saying they couldn’t play any other way. 3 at the back is ok if it doesn’t become a permanent back 5 as it had. Playing a back 4 makes the extra body in midfield massive, as evidenced in the last 2 games. Has bruce finally twigged or has someone like big Al had a word in his shell like.

  • No.9

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #28

    I was at the game last night. What an atmosphere in the away end. Let’s hope for another good away draw.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #29

    our toon

    Tbf we haven’t really played anyone unbeatable yet.
    Hope the draw is kind again.

  • Mag52

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #30

    There are some on here, Bladey in particular, who will never give credit to the team or its manager, no matter what they do, or what results they get.
    It’s all too easy to heap on the criticism following a poor result, and put it all down to luck, or a weakened opposition after a good one.
    For those with long enough memories, it was exactly the same under Pardew.
    As far as Bladey’s ‘ ASH IN CARVER AND WISE IN BRUCE IN’ goes, what the flippin’ f@ck does that mean ?

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #31

    I think SB reaction shows that if there was an incident it’s been blown way out of proportion and he doesn’t want it harming the squad.

    The celebration for the first goal looked like Miggy acknowledging a brilliant run and pass and then two young lads enjoying the moment.

    Things had seemed a little off in the squad lately but first 60 last night was as good as we’ve been this season.

    Bring on the siege mentality and get them points on the board sharpish.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #32


    Or does it have to do with 3 loan signings to add to the quality which allows the change in formation / style?

    Rafa told us the players didnt have the quality to stay in the league yet we did stay in the league, doesn’t make him a liar does it?

  • Our Toon

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #33


    Agreed on the draw mate, its been kind. Tbf we’ve hardly had really tough draws previously though but still failed to progress past 3rd round

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 4, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #34

    our toon,

    1) No, bruce has played 3 at the back for years.

    2) No, just a b—y good coach.

  • Reilly

    Mar 4, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #35

    If the story is bollix im sure ASM will tell us.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 4, 2020 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #36

    We’re in a quarter final regardless of any of it. That makes me happy.


  • IrishRob

    Mar 4, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon you could be correct, I mean we are all only guessing in the end. But there was something about how animated he got, almost like he was trying to say we are behind you here.

    Leaving that aside, the fact he played him screams he wasnt injured. Every single time somone has had a tight hamstring or was a doubt he integrated the player over weeks. Not throwing him in 3 days after it was too risky to start him.

    Its possible he had a hamstring injury but imo I dont believe it. It’s easy to get angry and pretend like you are in the right even if you’re in the wrong.

    I have a strong suspicion players are talking to the media in confidence because they are all sick to death of Bruce.


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