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