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Who Did Our Readers Select As The Man Of The Match At West Ham?



Joe Willock is recapturing the form that propelled him to folk-hero status during his loan spell last season. The midfielder provided 8 goals in his 14 appearances helping Newcastle to a respectable finish.

The 22-year-old was Newcastle’s only summer signing ahead of what has become a very eventful season with the takeover and battle against relegation. Willock has twice been dropped only recently getting back into the team in the win over Leeds.

Willock has taken this chance and run with it. He raised his levels once again in the 1-1 draw at West Ham. The box-to-box midfielder was full of confidence and intent in the absence of Allan Saint-Maximin.

Willock was Newcastle’s main goal threat with 5 shots. He got his reward just before halftime with a splendid opportunistic goal at a critical point in the game. His performance was pivotal in Newcastle keeping their unbeaten streak alive.

Joe has easily captured our poll as the Man of the Match with over 50% of the vote. Last week’s winner Dan Burn comes in a distant second with the reborn Joelinton close behind him. Matt Targett finished fourth with another solid display at left-back.

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If Willock can keep up his form, it will bode well for Newcastle moving forward. He, along with Jonjo Shelvey and Joelinton, have formed a great partnership in the midfield. They all have to continue at this level as Bruno Guimaraes is patiently waiting to take his chance.


46 comments so far

  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Feb 21, 2022 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    136
    FFP – don’t think it’ll be a problem… If we stay in this league.

    We get almost nil commercial revenue (or the same rate as in 2009).

    In the coming season(s) if we finish higher more league position money.

    The top 6 get 150m+ per team in commercial revenue.

    If we get another £50m a season or £100m over 3. That will help us grow proper and sustainably.

    We all know that once Ashley agreed a sale he stopped drip financing NUFC. He paid nothing for stadium advertising.

    It will be very interesting how the club changes in the next 2 seasons.

    It could be purely belta 😎

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 21, 2022 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #2

    How often are stadium tours held?

    Are they ever done on a friday ?

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Feb 21, 2022 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Yes Munster, just asked the guy.

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  • IrishRob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Ye Mund they do it on a Friday at 12:30pm or 2:30pm.

    Unless it’s a matchday! No tours on a matchday

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  • IrishRob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Meant Munster not Mund.

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  • IrishRob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #6

    Seems like they have Paid Brighton off and he won’t have to take Gardening leave.

    https://twitter.com/FabrizioRomano/status/1495712653469171717?s=20&t=AZrq6yoUgoQzbyZHFYqTUg

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  • Mund

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    IrishRob

    Good news on Ashworth mate.

    I always thought the owners would negotiate that gardening leave.

    Onwards and upwards

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Massive credit to Howe for sticking with Willock.

    I’ve hammered away saying he has contributed little this season and that Bruno should have been brought in for Willock from the start…

    I was dead wrong.

    More organisation in defence and better passing from the CB’s has allowed Willock to play higher up the pitch and make those forward runs of last season, but now he is adding dribbling and ball carrying whereas last season it was blindside runs into the box.

    The only way Bruno is likely to get in now is injuries or if Howe rotates the squad to cope with the extra rearranged games in March.

    Hats off to Willock, and Howe, for his performance on Saturday.

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  • Mund

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    Bills

    Fair play mate. I’ve always said when we criticise any player we all want to be proven wrong.

    You were spot on about Willock and there being little chance he would carry on that scoring form but for me it was about making sure we bring in one of the best young English talents in the league.

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  • IrishRob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    Mund ye I think it was almost impossible it wouldn’t happen, I just found out his leave was 9 months long. Couldn’t see them waiting that long under any circumstance tbf.

    It will be brilliant to have him in the door a few months before the window opens.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #11

    I got 16/20 in that football stadium quiz in that link!

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #12

    Adam,
    I don’t think the reason we got pinned back the last two years was because we didn’t have a target man. It was because we were rubbish, unforganised, weren’t playing as a team, and crucially our style was to concede possesion, sit back, and counter attack. We were getting pinned back either because it was our desire to do so, or because we were inferior, depending on your viewpoint. Most the best possesion, attacking, high press teams play without a target man, while many low block, park the bus teams use a big man. Although there are some teams play direct to a big man and swarm around him, I can’t say I’ve noticed us do this often.

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  • Mund

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #13

    IrishRob

    Aye mate the gardening leave as it stood would of went passed the summer window so I’m glad it was sorted out as we need him in asap

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #14

    I think with Willock, Bruce and then Howe were asking him to stay back and protect the defence. He was moved from a sort of number 10 position with few defensive resposibilities to being asked to assist Shelvey in protecting the back 4. Then Joelinton took that role, and Willocks back in a similar position to last year. We no longer have Almiron, Willock, Fraser being asked to play DM or wingers playing fullback. No wonder we’re doing better.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    With these Brighton staff coming in, you have to wonder if a) they recommended Burn, and b) will go for Potter should Howe leave in the next few years, which in modern football is almost inevitable even if he does well.

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  • Raj of Hailsley

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #16

    In Jonjo Shelveys box.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #17

    Jail, I think Amanda might be tied up with court cases, just a guess 😉

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Zhongguo

    I’m sure that’s playing a big part, our general improvement overall with better coaching and organisation. But similar to I said to Sparky earlier, we’re currently playing passing football with decent build up play as it is. That’s with Wood in the squad. So currently we are playing passing and moving football, getting results and also have the option of Wood to go long if we absolutely have to or need to go more direct. Surely it’s good to have that option in the team when results are going our way, rather than remove it? It’s not stopping us from playing attractive football and gives us another dimension if needed.

    I also still think it is to some extent allowing our midfield and defence to squeeze up the pitch. It’s far less of a risk to squeeze up when we’ve had to clear it with someone like Wood up top. As opposed to an Almiron, Gayle or Murphy for example, who will lose the aerial duel more often than not and means the ball just comes straight back at us.

    Wood came in, our results have improved and at the end of the day that’s the most important thing. He’ll be upgraded in the summer i’m sure and possibly even replaced by Wilson before the season ends. But for not it’s clearly working and it’s showing in performances and results.

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  • Adamn_92

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    * for now

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #20

    For those who may not actually see what they are watching;

    Chris Wood won 7 aerial battles on Saturday. According to Who Scored.com

    Facts win. Opinions (though valid) lose. 🙂

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    For the record, that was his lowest number of won duels in last 4 games. 😉

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #22

    ZG
    @#14
    Nailed it!

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #23

    The way we are playing, which is brilliant to watch, after years of dross effectively leaves the “striker” isolated in the centre of the penalty area.

    This means that he’s almost always going to be marked by at least 2 CB’s. On Saturday it was Zouma and Dawson.

    That’s a big ask from anyone and requires the support of midfield runners getting into box more often to support. Despite our massive improvement, we aren’t quite getting that yet. So our Striker (whoever he is) is fighting a bit of a one man battle.

    When ASM is playing, he drags defenders towards him and leaves a bit more room for Wood and others (aerial duels won last week 13).

    For balance, I’m not a huge Wood fan, but I can see what he’s currently bringing to the team and Eddie seems more than happy which is therefore OK by me.

    The next step is to get the other players around him (ASM, Fraser, Willock) a bit closer and more involved in the opponents penalty area. Then we’ll begin to see what Wood can do.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Feb 21, 2022 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #24

    Seems all Wood needs to correct/nail is timing his movement in the box and not freak when he’s presented with a chance.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #25

    I’m not saying he’s useless and is definitely a premiership quality player. But are 7-10 headers that have so far not really had any effect, worth 25m when you consider he probably has a year left at this level? I think most of us still have the mentality we need value, and a resale value. Even in the Hall days we couldn’t pay huge fees for a guy to fill half a season unless we could get some or most the money back. I know every team gets their expensive flops that end up worth nothing after a year or two, but we’re knowingly doing that here. He’s kind of just like a supply teacher, filling in for Wilson. Although as a sub next season he will offer something different for when desperation forces us to go route one, or we are winning and want to see a game out so he’ll still have his uses. And who knows, maybe he’ll find his feet (literally and figuritively).

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  • Mund

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #26

    TheOther14
    @Other14The
    ·
    2m
    Team Pass Accuracy from TheOther14 teams in #PL week 26.
    @Other14The

    @LCFC
    the most accurate passers this weekend.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FMHqqXeWUAEv6yM?format=jpg&name=medium

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  • albert albert

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #27

    Maybe wood isn’t upto the fitness levels of the rest of the squad yet, not been there that long really also been away.with New Zeland . Hopefully more to come from him .

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  • Mund

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #28

    What’s the right price for Wood?

    He will play his part in our survival.

    How much is that worth?

    Priceless!!!

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #29

    If we get those players swarming around him and getting goals, he will be far more useful. So far we’ve not really seen that. Maybe because they’re not used to him yet, maybe because we aren’t that sort of team.

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  • martoon

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail – it’s been a while since I did a Stadium Tour but they are always good – normally the guy doing it is a bit of a character!

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Arguably Gayle or other players would have played a part in our survival. It was never a case of Wood or nobody. If it was, then he was a 100% necessary signing. I said earlier I was confident we’d have stayed up even if Trippier was our only signing, as the signs were our defence was sorted and our midfield vastly improved. So far Wood’s not playing a 25m part, certainlyb not a priceless one as that would imply we couldn’t stay up unless we’d signed him.

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  • Zhongguo Geordie

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #32

    ps – I’m not saying I’d play Gayle or he’s better than Wood. Just using him to make the point Wood wasn’t the only option on earth.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #33

    In my opinion we have to remove the price tag from the Wood situation.

    He’s not worth £25M even in Today’s inflated market. His true value is between £12 -15M and if we’d got him for that, not much would be said.

    However, we only got him as we activated his release clause which was £25M and as Wilson had just “crocked” again we needed to get a PL ready replacement immediately. In any other circumstances we would never have paid that amount for him and everyone including Wood is well aware of that. We shouldn’t jump on his back because of the price tag, no one had any control over that situation, it simply was what it was.

    And let’s be honest, if we survive this year and looks like we could and in some style, that £25M is the bargain of the century and we could maybe recoup up to half of it by selling on anyway.

    He’s a big lump of a lad who’s not particularly mobile or nimble footed, he’ll never be an ASM, his turns are a bit like watching the Queen Mary turn around. But he’s ours, he’s doing the job required of him by EH and we’ve not lost a game since he joined us.

    We all know he’s not PEA or Kane, but not many are. He deserves our support until the Summer when we can bring in the fleet footed younger upgrades we need.

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  • Mund

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #34

    Wood has featured in every game so he has played his part in those results and to have 10 points out of the last 12 available says it all.

    You can think hypothetically but all you can be sure of is what’s happened not what could or couldn’t of happened.

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Wood ain’t fashionable!
    But, injured cf, jan window, rumours of ‘don’t deal with nufc’, bottom of the league, money no object, limited choice, needs must…

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  • 9

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #36

    Zhongg: you’re barking up the wrong tree, mate, crabbing Wood and his price tag. We absolutely, definitely, undoubtedly needed cover for sicknote, and he is it, exactly as required (no, not required, needed). Mund has a far more realistic view of his value, and I don’t think you’ll find many fans disagreeing.

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  • tom

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #37

    I dont get why people are knocking Wood , think long and hard we have had far worse players than him at wor club . IMO hes doing a job up top dont worry he’ll come good …

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  • cleveleysbob

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Clint, perfect summation. I’ll have to learn to be less verbose and more succinct 😀

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  • CLINT FLICK

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Cbob,
    Mate, you also nailed it, imv.
    We handed in our work at the same time.
    😀
    Both got the job done.
    😉

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  • Sparky

    Feb 21, 2022 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Cleveleys…he might have got his head on the ball 7 times in direct duels, but how many times did we retain possession as a result!

    Facts can also be misleading! 😀 😀

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