This is the team that lost 3-0 at home to Brighton, including the three substitutions. It was another shocking dip in performance from Bruce’s boys.
Here are our player ratings for the match:
Karl Darlow – 5
Darlow was put under pressure from the start by a motivated Brighton side. He was easily beaten for the goals but made the saves you would expect him two. Did well to gather the deflection from a sliding Fede Fernandez as well as making a fine low save on a shot from Tariq Lamptey.
Javier Manquillo – 6
One of the better performers on the afternoon though that isn’t saying much. Manquillo got forward to provide an outlet on occasion especially in the second half when we had more possession. However, he didn’t generate much. The Spaniard was solid defensively and had a few key recoveries in the first half.
Fede Fernandez – 4
This was a rare poor outing from Federico. He had plenty of his typical clearances and blocks and the endeavor was there. However, he was passive and allowed Brighton too much time and space. Aaron Connolly and Neal Maupay caused the Newcastle backline all sorts of problems this afternoon.
Jamaal Lascelles – 3
The captain too struggled with the pace and agility of Connolly and Maupay. Jamaal failed to track Maupay on the second goal and didn’t close down Connolly on the third. He lumped the ball up the pitch far too often in what was a frustrating afternoon.
Jamal Lewis – 4
After an impactful debut, Lewis had a day filled with adversity and it culminated with Yves Bissouma’s studs hitting him flush in the nose. He struggled to contain Tariq Lamptey down the left but had little help early on from Allan Saint-Maximin. Lewis fluffed a few of his clearances to compound Newcastle’s early struggles. However, he passed the ball well but only put in one cross. Hopefully, his eye injury isn’t a bad one.
Jeff Hendrick – 4
Hendrick did little of note all game but was shuttled all over the pitch as Bruce constantly tinkered with things. He did well keeping hold of the ball but had little impact in the final third.
Isaac Hayden – 4
Hayden failed to prevent Brighton from controlling the match. He wasn’t his normal tenacious self in trying to disrupt Brighton’s early dominance in possession. Contributed few tackles and interceptions while providing little going forward.
Jonjo Shelvey – 3
Shelvey had an off afternoon compounded by an early yellow card which stifled his aggression at times. He didn’t spray the ball around the pitch as much and was fairly inaccurate when he did. His set-pieces were pretty dire. He did manage to get in quite a few crosses but it was an afternoon to forget for Jonjo.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 3
Allan Saint-Maximin seemed to win the ball on the questionable penalty in the 4th minute. However, it was a risky challenge to make in the box. He failed to offer Jamal Lewis adequate help with Tariq Lamptey who caused Newcastle loads of problems in the first half. Allan injured his ankle early and just wasn’t himself before being replaced by Ryan Fraser in the 34th minute.
Andy Carroll – 3
Carroll did little to impact this game and was brought off at half-time. His presence on the pitch led to a lot of longballs with little success. He rarely kept possession and didn’t link up well with Wilson. Andy’s forward movement was minimal as Wilson was isolated often in the first half.
Callum Wilson – 5.5
Wilson received next to no service all game as evidenced by us not having a shot on target for the first time since December 2018. Callum tried to will himself into the game but was stifled by a lack of support. Made some good runs and drifted out wide on occasion to try to create some chances. Wilson missed Newcastle’s best chance with a wayward header in the second half.
Ryan Fraser – 5
Ryan Fraser came on for the injured Allan Saint-Maximin in the first half. To his credit, he tried to be positive but failed to create a spark. Fraser got some balls into the box but one only one with enough quality to scare Brighton.
Miguel Almiron – 6.5
Miggy replaced Carroll at the half. He was our brightest player by far. He started on the left before moving behind Wilson. Newcastle started the second half with some possession and Miggy was the center of anything positive. His cross to Wilson should have led to Newcastle halving Brighton’s lead. Should get back into the first eleven moving forward.
Joelinton – 5
Brought on in the 72nd minute for Jonjo Shelvey. Joelinton went to the left which pushed Almiron to the center. The change didn’t do much as Newcastle looked even less of a threat as players began to fade. It wasn’t the Brazilian’s fault as he just wasn’t going to make much of a difference with the way things were transpiring.