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Our Player Ratings For Newcastle’s Timely Win At Southampton

Newcastle got back to winning ways on Saturday in a 1-0 win at Southampton. Allan Saint-Maximin bagged his third goal of the season and the first for the Magpies after drawing blanks for four straight in the Premier League.

This is the team that Bruce picked at St Mary’s, including the three substitutes.

Here are our individual player ratings for the match.

Martin Dubravka – 7

  • Southampton only had three attempts on target, so Dubravka had a quiet afternoon. Once Moussa Djenepo went off, Southampton dropped deep and Newcastle had the bulk of possession. Though Martin was on his toes to parry Shane Long’s attempt in the second half. The striker deftly collected an Alex McCarthy kick to get off a shot just outside the box. But the Slovakian was alert and made the save. Dubravka also held his ground after a few aerial battles. However, he was hobbled for the second straight match with a leg injury. Martin was spotted on crutches after the game but Bruce seems to think he’ll be ok.

Javier Manquillo – 7

  • Another excellent performance from the 25-year-old. He was solid defensively despite Southampton trying to test him early. He made an excellent tackle to win the ball from Boufal after slipping and falling down. Javier got forward constantly but also kept it tight at the back. He was able to get off three crosses down the right but they didn’t amount to much.

Jamaal Lascelles – 8

  • Both Lascelles and Fernandez did a great job in keeping Danny Ings quiet. The skipper was very composed and made some crucial clearances in the first half. With Southampton going down to ten men, they were forced to sit deep. Lascelles did well to push Newcastle forward from the back and keep the pressure on the Saints. He also clipped a few decent balls to the flanks.

Federico Fernandez – 7

  • Fernandez was composed and comfortable all afternoon. He was good in the air and made some critical clearances. The Argentine also helped to contain Southampton’s front duo.

Danny Rose – 6

  • Danny Rose seemed to turn a corner midweek at the Hawthorns. He was again solid defensively after some shaky moments early. He really hasn’t shown much going forward since he joined other than a few moments against Crystal Palace. Though with Newcastle going to a back four, Danny has done well defensively. He’s also linking up better with Saint-Maximin down the right.

Isaac Hayden – 6

  • Hayden was solid if not spectacular against the Saints. He was better in possession than last weekend as he looked up the pitch more instead of turning to play it to a defender. Isaac’s ball-winning ability and tough tackling are a good complement to Shelvey’s ball skills. They worked very well together at St Mary’s.

Jonjo Shelvey – 6

  • If Jonjo could have carried his first-half performance through the entire game, he could have had a 10. However, he followed up his stellar first 45 with a dud in the second half. That said, he was outstanding early, always looking to move Newcastle forward. He continually tried to release Allan Saint-Maximin, but not all of his attempts came off. Jonjo played a perfect ball to Dwight Gayle in the 30th minute, but the striker’s header was straight at Alex McCarthy. Everything ran through Shelvey but he lost his way after the break.

Matt Ritchie – 5

  • Ritchie put in a performance full of determination and grit. He had a brilliant sliding tackle on Moussa Djenepro in the box early as the Malian turned to shoot. The 30-year-old was full of desire, but he lacks the movement and acceleration that Valentino Lazaro showed on Tuesday. He also failed to convert on the penalty late in the first half. Ritchie adds a lot through his leadership and passion, but Lazaro is a better fit in this system.

Allan Saint-Maximin – 8

  • Saint-Maximin had another outstanding performance in a Newcastle shirt. The Frenchman was always looking to attack and made some astute runs that Shelvey read. The 22-year-old flew by Sofiane Boufal and Yan Valery to get to the byline and picked Dwight Gayle out expertly in the box. However, Gayle side-footed the ball wide of the goal. Allan made his goal by bursting at Yan Valery, who didn’t handle Sean Longstaff’s hopeful punt very well. Allan nicked the ball off his compatriot and skillfully poked it underneath McCarthy’s trailing leg.

Miguel Almiron – 6

  • This was a somewhat quiet afternoon for Miguel after his monster display at West Brom. However, his constant running and energy caused Southampton problems. Almiron had two point-blank efforts saved early by McCarthy. Southampton were very hard to break down after the sending off. Due to that Almiron just couldn’t find much space to exploit like he did on Tuesday.

Dwight Gayle – 5

  • Dwight Gayle didn’t take his chances today though he was up against a brick wall in McCarthy. He missed an early chance when Jonjo’s cross found him about from 8 yards out. His shot was right at the Saint’s keeper, who also saved Almiron’s two follow up attempts. Dwight’s best chance was again from a Shelvey pass. Gayle made a brilliant run and Shelvey picked him out with pinpoint accuracy. However, Gayle’s header was tame and right at McCarthy. Dwight is getting in the right places and is still shaking off the rust. However, he really should have put one of his three clear-cut chances away.


Joelinton – 6

  • Joelinton replaced Matt Ritchie in the 60th minute. The 23-year-old put in a solid shift but didn’t create anything of note. He dropped deep when needed to win the ball back but was also sloppy in possession at times.

Valentino Lazaro – 6

  • Valentino was brought on for Javier Manquillo in the 71st minute. Though he was part of the back four, Lazaro was slightly higher up the pitch than Manquillo. He was solid defensively while trying to get forward down the right.

Sean Longstaff – n/a

  • Sean come on for Isaac Hayden in the 78th minute. He lumped the ball forward after it came off Shelvey minutes after coming on. The ball was speculative at best but it led to the goal as Saint-Maximin pressured Valery and won the ball just outside the box. Not on the pitch long enough for a rating.

Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Southampton?

  • A. Saint-Maximin (69%, 1,251 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (14%, 252 )
  • Miguel Almiron (4%, 77 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (4%, 64 )
  • Martin Dubravka (2%, 34 )
  • Javier Manquillo (1%, 25 )
  • Isaac Hayden (1%, 20 )
  • Federico Fernandez (1%, 19 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 17 )
  • Matt Ritchie (1%, 16 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 12 )
  • Sean Longstaff (0%, 8 )
  • Danny Rose (0%, 6 )
  • Valentino Lazaro (0%, 4 )

Total Voters: 1,805

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259 comments so far

  • coming home

    Mar 7, 2020 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #1


    Couldn’t of put it better
    Totally agree

  • coming home

    Mar 7, 2020 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Yeah agree with your ratings Niel but think shelvey was at least a 7

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 7, 2020 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Seems very fair in terms of scores.

    Most would’ve taken a point beforehand so 3 points is very welcome indeed.

    We still need to see the back of our wonderful owner and to find some ambition in order to ever move forwards but two wins in a week is always a good thing.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Re left footed penalty takers I was always dubious but I believe Tommy Craig was ok.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2020 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Are you actually a fan

  • toon kk

    Mar 7, 2020 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Well done to the team and Bruce for pulling off a good win.
    One thing I will say about Brucey he may not be classed as world class but he’s proving he’s got a direction, and clearly wants us to leave the Boring Rafa football behind, something that simply was/ is proving difficult for our players to break away from.
    I know many loved Rafa but tbh we’ve moved on and now with a few good signings we can maybe enjoy some exciting football again.
    We have a basic squad but under Bruce maybe just maybe we can move to the next level.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Looks like these two have really fallen out.


  • toon22

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Once we are mathematically safe
    What excuse do you think the PR will come up with for the lack of a sale ?
    Jabba has kind of ran out of excuses a while ago
    Im guessing he will see some kind of light and decide he wants to make a success of the club somehow
    Maybe another 5 year plan

    Just the usual lies

  • jane

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #9

    “How many penalties have you saved Jane ?”

    did you mean watched? or were you just struggling for a response?

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #10


    You must know that Jib’s always looking for a response – he needs the psychological strokes, the attention – it gives him a sense of purpose.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve saved a few penalties in my time.

    Very much a case of trying to read the taker and hoping to go the right way.

    The worst ones are the ones fizzed in with pace and to the corners.

    Today’s was a decent save but Ritchie has certainly taken better penalties in his time.

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #12


    I’m not stroking Jib, there’s no hand sanitiser left in the shops

  • NY Mag

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #13


    Tbf, Ritchie has taken worse ones and scored from them – I would imagine he’s as upset as anyone that he didn’t score today.
    (Their keeper was in top form)

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Re gib needs physiological strokes.
    Thanks jib for another stream

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Hi ny and the night shift sensobles

  • NY Mag

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Hello JAF,

    Good 3 points today mate…..let’s hope it’s the start of a positive run 🙂

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #17


    Wasn’t having a pop at Ritchie, keepers done his job. And he played very well indeed. As a goalkeeper myself I always feel that the power is with the taker. It didn’t matter in the end.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #18

    I’m off to bed for obvious reasons

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Always wanted to go go to New York but now I can afford it don’t fancy long hall .

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Just toodle around the med in jibs footsteps lol

  • NY Mag

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #21


    Too much liquid celebrations?
    Nowt wrong with that 🙂

    Get yerself to NY, I’ll buy you a pint 🙂

  • NY Mag

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #22


    I know you weren’t…..just saying that their keeper was a bit ‘inspired’ today….

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #23


    If it was against any other team I’d have enjoyed watching his performance. It looked like one of those days for a long time. But we have our maverick to thank today.

  • NY Mag

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #24


    We spoke about this a couple nights ago….and we both said we thought we’d win.
    I never thought it would unfold the way it did. But, I’ll take the 3 points anyway we can get them 🙂

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #25


    Indeed we did.

    I predicted a great red card for them too.

    If you take the dreadful owner and the baggage he brings out of the equation it’s been a good week for the club.

  • Just a fan

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #26

    New York was the dream when one was younger.
    One just gets old.
    My daughter wants to go so who knows.
    Elvis is my favourite but I do listen to old blue eyes.

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #27


    Your predictions came up today, err fancy going half share on next week’s lottery?


  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #28

    Just a fan

    Do you really need someone to find a stream for you?

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #29

    NY Mag

    Good day to you and no doubt you’ll be delighted with today’s results. All good and long may it continue to the point where Ashley goes, sooner rather than later.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #30

    The Wife

    Well said regarding having a say on what occurs in the day to day and the overall picture at the club you love in Newcastle United .

    You have indeed invested your heart and soul and Into Newcastle because of your family bonds and ties and all that Ed brought to you ..its in the blood .

    For anyone to preach that you and anyone else should not have a say in any matters Newcastle United is short sighted and frankly very very stupid .

    Bobbeebee you should apologise .

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #31


    Aye why not.

    2 13 19 26 34 41

    I’ll expect my half in the post.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #32

    Thats right bobbeebee .

    No one is twisting your words

    You did say why do people who don’t attend think they have a right to any say on Newcastle United…

    Well take this in …many people have invested thousands of pounds ..love and money over the years and I’m damn sure they have the right to have a say .

    And me a dummy you say ? Nasty .

  • NY Mag

    Mar 7, 2020 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #33


    Yes, very happy – as are we all!!

  • NY Mag

    Mar 7, 2020 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #34


    Not wanting an argument on this……but that’s not actually what Bobby said.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2020 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #35


    Lay of the Rafa agenda eh ? And try not to refer to writers here in a derogatory way that you involve yourself in daily with the first strike ….thus bringing people into your self-perpetuating arguments.

    Deal ? You will help this blog become a freindly place and not a divided place, as you are promoting daily.

    It does not exist for that.

    Totally cease with your trouble making ways .

    You done ?

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2020 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #36


    Go back and read last week’s bile.

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2020 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #37

    droppy in Wallsend

    It’s a deal 50-50 and I trust you’ll not be following the Ashley model by seeking any extras you can squeeze out of me.

    I won’t even charge you any fees associated with the cash transfer….. or if you’d prefer cash, that can be arranged.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 7, 2020 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #38


    If your referring to his post today it’s different from last week and not what I’m referring to . Hes twisted the wording .

    He gets Nasty .

  • droppy in Wallsend

    Mar 7, 2020 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #39


    What’s another £10 million to a lottery winner?

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2020 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Online Guy

    As you know, customer feedback’s considered critical to ongoing improvement of any business and its products and/ or service but the only feedback Ashley’s interested in comes from his accountants.

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