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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

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #81

    @66

    And the way he cheers when Willock scores.

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  • Mund

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #82

    Weak effort bringing others into it to start and support your claim rather than do it on your own lol

    Coming up 50th was it? Not 15?

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  • Regan

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #83

    Carltoon…

    Keep the faith ..all will be ok..

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #84

    I think if we were to get a win against Burnley it might knock the stuffing out of Fulham its the fact we can’t get any wins which is giving them hope every week

    I think Wolves will have too much for them so its really down to us to get that gap to 6 points as we do have games where we can get points depending on how we setup

    Arsenal at the moment are certainly a team you want to play and Leicester are not firing on all cylinders either although the other side of the coin West Ham, City and Liverpool could hammer us if they are on form

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #85

    Regan, got no faith left.

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  • Mund

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #86

    All this off because I said he didn’t say well played once again 🙄 haha

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #87

    Do Fulham play before us, and could they go above us?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #88

    Oh dear, it looks like he’s having an episode 🙁

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #89

    Pottsclock

    Can’t find any match by match running stats, but found this – which is a round up of last seasons averages

    https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/11996016/premier-league-running-stats-this-season-revealed.

    You might have to await this seasons end to see the same stats for 20/21 season.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #90

    Carltoon

    Fulham play Wolves on Friday night

    We play Sunday lunchtime.

    and yes, if Fulham win, we are in a relegation spot for a day and a half at least.

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  • Regan

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #91

    After the wolves game Fulham have..

    Arsenal….away
    Chelsea…away
    Burnley…..home
    S oton…away
    Manure….away

    On paper you’d say 6 points…maximum..
    Lot of away games in that run in mind..

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #92

    Ron yes there’s a clip after he passed the ball and he’s mimicking, heading and kicking the ball it then the shear joy of Willocks scoring. It as so funny.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #93

    Pottsclock

    Just had a read through those stats – they only represent the times when a player ran the furthest – not an average.

    For example, Sean and Matty Longstaff both did over 12km of running about in the game on 26/12/19.
    However, that was the 4-1 defeat to man U at Old Trafford, so you would expect that they would have been given the run around during that match and not representative of their average over a season.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #94

    Hi Lesh, it wouldn’t surprise me if he changed it but seriously hope he doesn’t.

    None of Murphy, Ritchie and Jo deserve dropping after the weekend (can’t believe I’m saying that about Jo, spent nearly all year slagging him off).

    So for me it’s Wilson for Gayle (if properly match fit) I’d play Fraser for 1st hour in that role if Wilson can’t do the 90. Then switch them with 30 minutes to go.

    Fed has to replace Kraft because he’s a better defender – end of.

    Also I’d bring Willock back into starting line up instead of Jonjo as we need some pace in midfield.

    Genuinely expect us to win 0-3 if we make those changes and everyone turns up again. 🙂

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #95

    Tackle, why do we always play later, it’s so annoying, why can’t we all play Saturday 3pm. Greed by tv companies surely it gives teams advantage. It puts us need pressure, all the time.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #96

    I was referring to young Murphy, carltoon! But yes, that’s a great clip of Ritchie too!

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #97

    Tackle From Behind – 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.

    If that’s the case is Jones to blame for the woeful Brighton performance + the handful of points we’ve picked up since he came?

    Many were giving him all the credit for the Everton win after he’d been here three days yet we’ve shown nowt like it since.

    I’m no fan of Bruce but I don’t believe at all that the 351 set up and team selection was all Jones with Bruce just the the mouthpiece.

    IMO Bruce made those decisions + the subs and it worked enough to get a point against a poor Spurs team.

    It doesn’t hide Bruce’s lousy past mistakes but as I said, I’ll give him credit for the gamble he took. Every point, no matter how we get it, is priceless.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #98

    Under pressure!

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #99

    Ha ha Ron, sorry, yes I love Murphy, because he’s a fan, and just loves playing for us. I would just love for him to keep getting better.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #100

    Is Fernandez fit enough to come straight back into the team against Burnley? Hes been injured for ages and wasn’t even on the bench last week?

    Clark would be the option to come in for Krafth by the looks of things if that’s the change they make?

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  • geordietom

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #101

    simon …

    i think when you start your youtube chanel up you should get MUND & jail on the first show that would really get the ratings up 😀 …

    followed by jib to be the referee 😀

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #102

    Bruce! He thinks he’s the only one that can get us out of this mess, well we’ll see. I just think God help us. Hopefully with Wilson back, we can get the goals we need, because that’s the only way.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #103

    Carltoon

    We played before Fulham last weekend – not always after them so no advantage.

    It’s not TV greed, they aren’t really getting anymore money than before and the games are spread out because all of them are on TV somewhere and the TV companies don’t want them to clash.

    We do still have a game in hand on Fulham, so an “on paper” advantage – however, that game in hand is v Liverpool, so you can probably scratch it out.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #104

    Bills son

    There does seem to be a conflict of input between the two of Bruce and Jones.

    History has told us that Bruce doesn’t do coaching or tactics, so that input must be from Jones.

    For Brighton, I think Bruce decided that we should be extra careful, hold them back and try to hit them on the break or stay in the game and hope for a chance.

    Mistakes were made and by the time it was 2-0 it was too late to change.

    Then, in the international break, they must have had a rethink and decided to go back to the press and attack set up which at least showed a threat in pre Brighton games.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #105

    Tackle, I’ll go with my theory that the whole worlds out to get us. 😮

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #106

    BSIB,
    The players tried to get Bruce sacked against Brighton, no two ways about it.

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  • carltoon

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #107

    Tactics! He told Willocks to go on run around a bit and try and score a goal! And unbelievably it worked

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #108

    Lee CBP

    If you play on the right of a 3 at the back, you have to have experience of playing CB and RB – which is Krafth or Fede.

    Clarke and Dummett both play left side and would struggle if put on the right and Manquillo is no CB so he has to drop out.

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  • onmeedsun

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #109

    It’s all about picking the right formation and putting the players in that make that formation as effective as possible against the next opposition. Personally I’m not qualified to get that right, but I know when I see it whether it’s working or not. So Burnley very different from Spurs. Important that Bruce gets this one right, as if he does and the players show the same attitude as Sunday, I think we can win. And it’s vital we do given the matches coming up after that. We must keep ahead of Fulham.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #110

    @Tackle

    Very true although Fernandez hasn’t been fit so not sure if he would even have the fitness to do that role against Burnley?

    Against Burnley its usually an aerial battle which does suit Lascalles, Clark and Dummett not sure Krafth could be trusted against the likes of Wood and Vydra!?

    Maybe all this talk about who plays it might even be Dummett who makes way for Clark rather than Krafth………

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #111

    Pottsclock

    Going back to that running stats table –

    I went through the whole 10 pages and the only Newcastle players to top 12km in a game for ALL of 19/20 season were Sean and Matty Longstaff.

    That to me shows a lack of intensity across the whole team and the whole season – or a lack of fitness in general.

    Then you see the likes of Milner who regularly puts in 12km+ – because not only is he running about disrupting the opposition, but also running about creating for his team and attacking, and he is 35 years old.

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Apr 6, 2021 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #112

    Bills
    I said before KO and again at HT when we were losing that Jones has gone for this to compromise with Bruce. Jones’ whole game rests on the fullbacks getting down and pressing high but Bruce was putting defensive full backs in and messing it up. putting two fullbacks in CD would have assured Bruce.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #113

    There’s certainly a bit of a problem if Fed isn’t fit to play. Given that, we’d probably have to keep Kraft in with Lascelles and either Clark or Dummet on left.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Apr 6, 2021 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #114

    I sometimes forget that Fernandez plays alongside Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero and must train with them which must sharpen your defensive abilities.

    He is far and away our most experienced defender and if fit, should always play in whatever set up.

    He has had an illness recently – which hasn’t been explained (possible Covid or long Covid related) and also a calf injury/strain which came back to haunt him in the run up to the Spurs game – the reason he wasn’t on the bench.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Apr 6, 2021 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #115

    I think we need 43 points to stay up, so we need 4 more wins and 2 draws. I think we’ll beat Burnley. We need Fernandez and Schar back asap. Team to start the next match:

    Darlow

    Manquillo Fernandez Lascelles Ritchie

    Murphy Willock Shelvey Saint-Maximin

    Almiron

    Joelinton

    Subs

    Dubravka
    Clark
    Dummett
    Matty Longstaff
    Fraser
    Wilson
    Carroll
    Gayle

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 6, 2021 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #116

    Pukki gets hatrick, remember him?
    Norwich demolish Huddersfield 7-0.
    Remember them a former Premier League side.
    Pleased that Tim Krul will be back in the Premiership. He would have been great in a top six NUFC side.

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