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Who Won Our Poll As The Man Of The Match Against Tottenham?



Newcastle relied on some unlikely heroes to gain a valuable point against Spurs on Sunday. Steve Bruce handed some forgotten Magpies an opportunity and they definitely grasped their chance.

Matt Ritchie, Jacob Murphy, and Sean Longstaff have played sparingly over the past few months. The trio were surprisingly named in the starting eleven and by the game’s end were some of the standouts.

However, one name and one claim has echoed since the 2-2 draw on Sunday. That is Joelinton and what some are calling his best performance as a Magpie. It started straight after the match when Alan Shearer tweeted the following.

Bruce’s take on his number 9’s performance was along the same lines saying this after the match:

“I am delighted for him because he has had it tough and the one thing about Joe, he doesn’t shy away from it.

“The chance he missed in the second half, he does all the hard part, he controls it and you’re just hoping that he hits the back of the net.

“But the one thing he does, he doesn’t shy away from it, he keeps rolling up his sleeves.

“Yes, we have to improve him on his goals tally, but over a tough period of eight, nine, 10 weeks when we’ve been without Almiron and Allan, he’s done very, very well in certain games and today, arguably, was his best.”

Joelinton put in a Man of the Match display at St. James’ Park. It was possibly only bettered by Harry Kane whose two quick goals following Joelinton’s first-half strike gave the Magpies a second hill to climb.

But the lads regained their composure and resolve to get an unexpected result. Joelinton played a key role in Joe Willock’s equalizer by heading Matt Ritchie’s deep delivery back across the face of goal. Almiron got a slight touch before Willock powered the ball in.

For his exploits, Joelinton has topped our poll as Newcastle’s Man of the Match. He collects 38% of the votes with the two wing-backs, Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy, coming in second and third.

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116 comments so far

  • Not another deJong

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Good to feel some positivity after the result at the weekend, but how many times have we been in this situation this season where we fail to carry the performance forward and it becomes evident the opposition were not in form.

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  • simon376

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Tom
    1st one after Ed

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  • simon376

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Tom
    Actually I got on alright with him, so be no problem for me, though do know he said some things not right or good at all, I just tried to ignore them

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #225
    We need a midfielder, to break up play, and get the ball back. A Diame kind of player, although Hayden can play that role, I’ve never been convinced he’s quite good enough, he’s like the rest of the midfielders he sometimes looks lethargic. Although they can all have good games. Think we need to bring a couple of really good central players, get rid of the others, (that includes Shelvey) even though the stick he gets is way over the top.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    OMG, MY FIRST EVER COPY AND PASTE ON THE BLOG! 😀

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    simon376

    First one after Ed?

    That’s akin to showing the rag man’s cart after the Lord Mayor’s show!

    Now if you were to invite jane…..

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t want to see us fall flat on our faces in the next match and I hope Bruce can pick a team based on the opposition rather than the previous match. At the beginning of the seaon I recommended that Dummett and Krafth would form a mobile defensive three. in the more modern style of football that is being played. With more use in matches to bed in it would become a successful strategy, however Burnley are a more traditional robust team that we may be better going with a four man defense as we did earlier in the season and attempt to control the midfield again.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Sorry Jail, about the repost, but I didn’t think it would work. I may be trying it out again, there’s no stopping me now.

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #9

    carltoon

    There you go, a girl of many hidden talents and no doubt, charms too.

    😉

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  • geordietom

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    simon …

    if you did invite him on at least he’d get your ratings up 😀

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Lesh! It just goes to show, you can teach an old wife new tricks. ( I was never going to put DOG ) 🙂

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    carltoon

    At least you’re copying your own words, not plagarising others’ as though they’re your own – unlike what a former Googlemeister did!

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  • geordietom

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    carltoon …

    for your copy and paste … https://youtu.be/HgzGwKwLmgM

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #14

    NADJ. Krafth, i only watched the highlights, he seemed to do well going forward, but definitely not a good defender, I like Dummet, but I still think he’s getting over the long lay off.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Tom, ha ha. I’ve tried loads of times, but just can’t seem to control those blue cursor things. They sometimes cover the full page. So a bit more practice,

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  • geordietom

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #16

    carltoon …

    divint worry you’ll get there in the end …

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #17

    Carltoon

    An old girl? You do yourself a dis-service.

    You’re a gem.

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #18

    Posting Queen’ll tempt jane out of his pit

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    @carltoon

    Yeah Diame at times under Rafa was very good probably old age eventually got the better of him but he should have been replaced with a younger version which I imagine Rafa was demanding before he left

    @Nicky

    Bruce confounds me with some of his choices he just hardly ever thinks to put a balanced team out always someone out of position when there is a logical option sitting on the bench for example ASM on the left wing with Hendrick on the right with Fraser and Murphy sitting on the bench…… leaving us lop sided!!

    At the weekend was the first time we had width on either side for a while meaning there was a quick switch of play to get us out of trouble rather than losing possession constantly

    Also I think Willock and Longstaff would make a good pairing in the middle both have the energy to make it work

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 6, 2021 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #20

    GUARDIAN – Toon step up a gear in relegation fight

    Newcastle were unrecognisable from the side that surrendered 3-0 at Brighton two weeks ago – and it was not just down to the change in formation which shifted Steve Bruce’s team from 4-3-1-2 to the wing-back propelled five-man rearguard drilled into them by his predecessor Rafael Benítez. Granted, that default system helped immeasurably as they earned a deserved point against an unusually slapdash José Mourinho defence, but there was also a wholesale shift in attitude. Have players who seemed to want Bruce sacked reached a rapprochement with their manager or did they simply raise their game against top-six opposition? The answer is likely to be revealed at Turf Moor where Burnley lie in wait next Sunday, and then again at home to West Ham the following weekend. LT

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  • geordietom

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #21
  • Not another deJong

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #22

    carltoon

    Krafth lack quality and needs better decision making, which could be coached into him. He is not the long term answer but he does drive forward and has the chance to surprise. Dummett and him both need matches but we are at the wrong end of the season for experimentation.

    The way Bruce picks the team reminds me of the game Mastermind, he may have two of the right colours but in the wrong places and he changes his strategy to find a correct colour in the right place but lost the previous to correct colours. He has 8 more chances to try and get at least 3 of 4 colours in the right places to make us stay up!

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23
  • Adamn_92

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    Good result on Sunday, in the end it was a bit disappointing not to get all 3 points but I had us down to get 0 before kick off so will definitely take a draw. The team seemed to have more fight and effort about them and I think that’s down to Ritchie being in the team. No coincidence that we suddenly look like we care when he’s on the pitch, could see him barking out orders multiple times throughout the game. We need him playing at this crucial time. Longstaff was hit and miss, great awareness for the pass to Joelinton but quite a few passes went astray throughout. Joelinton for me had a great game, caused no end of issues for Spurs with his strength and was getting himself into good areas. Took his goal well and was a great header back to lead up to the equaliser, should have had another goal to his name but he isn’t a natural goal scorer, we have to accept that. He isn’t a striker. His all round performance was fantastic in my eyes.

    It must have been a crushing defeat for Fulham against Villa, having been out of the relegation zone 1 minute and just minutes later finding themselves back in it. Let’s hope it really dampens their fighting spirit and they start to accept relegation. Still a lot of work to do and anything can happen, but nice to feel a bit more positive after a game for a change!

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  • lesh

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #25

    Geordietom

    Would that be the same Andros Townsend Ashley wouldn’t sign for Rafa? Another indication that Ashley drove Rafa out.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #26

    Townsend would maybe be decent but then why are Palace letting him go? If he is not good enough for them maybe his pace has gone which means hes not really going to be good enough for us?

    Lundstram is half decent but is he going to be an improvement on Shelvey etc? I would rather we went for Willock and Connor Gallagher on loan next season get some youthful energy in the middle

    Willems still unsure on him if hes 100% fit then great but its a big risk

    Bartley would rather just keep Schar and Lejuene thanks very much

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  • toonbrother

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #27

    @Not another deJong

    completely agree.
    I think the performance was largely due to Spurs’ lack of form
    I hope we switch back to a 4 man defence , bring back Wilson and ASM in the next game
    That means (unfortunately) dropping Murphy and Ritchie for the next game

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #28

    Jo had a decent game and is starting to get the hang of holding the ball up against Prem defenders.

    But, for me, Ritchie especially and Murphy were the big plusses.

    Say what you like about Ritchie but the guy gives his all and is a real motivator on the pitch + LWB is defo his best position.

    Ritchie and Murphy were a constant threat down the flanks and both worked their socks off covering, closing down and defensively.

    Get Wilson in for Gayle, Willock for Longstaff and Fede for Ktrafth, keep a back three, show the same attacking aggression and we’ve got every chance of staying up.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #29

    And, I’ll give Bruce credit for the change to 3-5-2.

    It was a big gamble and he would have been hammered if the performance reflected what many fans predicted before the game.

    Next, he needs to stick with it and use ASM as an impact sub – he can’t drop Murphy and his work rate when we are desperate for points.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #30

    toonbrother

    We are toothless in midfield and attack with a 442, 4411 or 451.

    Just my opinion.

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  • Nufc 4ever

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #31

    After seeing wolves last night dont see them doing us a favour. We have led so many teams at home and not won.
    We will get what we deserve at the end of the day. With the clown in charge and the club not getting rid its ridiculous.
    If bruce got a managers job in France it would be the team Toulouse he does what it says on the tin

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  • simon376

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #32

    Jane has to come on as well, but not before our Queen of the blog, Carltoon and of course the Wife

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #33

    Although Wolves came back well, and were unlucky not to draw level, mind I’m going off limited highlights. That Traoré he’s fast and made a great goal.

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  • Geordie-john

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #34

    A half decent performance from a team that has shown nothing of late. However, I have serious doubts about Dubravka. Most of the goals he has let in since his return I STRONGLY believe that would have been a normal save for Karl Darlow and when the cameras showed Darlow sitting in the stands etc he face said it all.
    I feel as if young Freddie Woodman would have done better, Dubs has lost his edge in my opinion.
    Well Done Joe From Linton best performance so far !

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #35

    toonbrother

    Alex Hurst said on True Faith, after 68 (plus cup) games does Bruce actually know what his best side is?

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #36

    Bills son

    I give Bruce credit for nowt but scapegoat excuses and lacklustre management.

    Jones is coaching the players in a more attacking manner – perhaps similar to what Bruce wanted to play but didn’t know how to implicate.

    Jones sets the team up, gives them instructions and then tells Bruce what he’s done and Bruce stands at the front as the mouthpiece.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #37

    Just hope one way or the other the league position is sorted before the last game.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #38

    Bruce credit!!! No me neither, his interviews are a disgrace,

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #39

    Heard a little of the excuses for Bruce by Luke Edwards, this morning, saying he wants to put right what he’s got wrong this season, and he thinks he’s the only one capable of doing this. 🙄

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 6, 2021 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #40

    bruce thinks we’ve made progress because we beat morecambe and newport.
    as someone said, whu now 23 points ahead of us.

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