Newcastle vs Watford, Newcastle United, Watford Football Club, Premier League

Player Ratings: Watford 2 – 1 Newcastle United (11/07/2020)

Premier League

Disappointing result for Newcastle United at Vicarage Road, as Watford come from behind to beat United 2-1. After what was a promising start for the Magpies with a Dwight Gayle goal in the 23rd minute, Watford slowly but surely took a hold of the game and ended up with the victory.

Both goals for Watford came from the penalty spot, the first one less blatant than the second. Nonetheless, after going down in the 23rd minute, Nigel Pearson’s side looked far more composed and dangerous until the final whistle. Contrastingly, Newcastle looked progressively worse and complacent as the game went on – some questionable substitutions and tactics will no doubt be on the mind of plenty of the Toon Army.

So without further ado, here are your match ratings.

Martin Dubravka: 7/10

Conceded two penalty goals which he can hardly be blamed for. Guessed the right way the second time but didn’t manage to get a hand to it.

Javier Manquillo: 4.5/10

The weakest performance he has had since the return of football. He has looked decent until Watford, but gave away a very silly penalty that ended up costing United the game. He’ll be looking to bounce back against Tottenham on Wednesday!

Jamaal Lascelles: 7.5/10

Defence looks far more structured and solidified when he is on the pitch. Put in an incredible goal line clearance and tried to motivated his players throughout the game. Most notably were his words with Danny Rose whose complacency almost cost Newcastle United a goal.

Federico Fernandez: 5/10 (Assist)

Despite getting an assist, it was one of his poorer performances in the Black & White. Made a few errors and looked a bit hesitant at times which isn’t common for Federico.

Danny Rose: 5/10

Still not managing to find his feet at Newcastle. Working hard but it hasn’t clicked just yet, another average display from Rose.

Fabian Schar: 5.5/10

In all honesty, it’s hard to understand why he was being played in the midfield. Looked well off the pace and out of position a number of times. Hardly to blame as CDM/Sweeper is clearly not ideal for him.

Jonjo Shelvey: 5.5/10

Another sub-par performance from Shelvey. His consistency has always been the main point of criticism rallied against him and his last two performances have given weight to that claim. No doubt, he missed his partner Isaac Hayden who brings stability to the mid and the opportunity for Shelvey to move further forward. I believe this is the last Shelvey/Schar partnership we’ll see this season.

Matt Ritchie: 4.5/10

Doesn’t look his usual self and although he is working hard, he has been rather sloppy of late. Gave away the first penalty and didn’t look very threatening at all. As one of the leaders in the team, he’ll need to pick up his game.

Allan Saint-Maximin: 6/10

Doesn’t look fully rested. Had one or two nice runs and completed 4 dribbles in the match but wasn’t able to completely run riot as he normally does. He was tightly marked by Watford, and the fact that he found himself isolated so often didn’t help.

Miguel Almiron: 5.5/10

Worked hard as always but lacked the final product. He has been moved around a bit and a question being asked is ‘what is his correct position’?

Dwight Gayle: 7.5/10 (Goal)

Gayle slotted him from close in the 23rd minute as his hard work and finishing has earned him a well-deserved starting spot. He has now scored 3 goals in 5 games and will be hoping to add onto it as he continues to receive more game time.

Substitutes (Must play over 20 minutes to receive a rating)

Bentaleb: N/A
Joelinton: N/A
Krafth: N/A

Player Ratings: Manchester City 5 – 0 Newcastle United (08/07/2020)

Premier League

Woeful from Newcastle United. As a result, the match commentary will be short as there isn’t much to say. United are safe from the drop but somehow keep reverting back to old tactics that just don’t seem to work.  

It was like watching the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan – an absolute butchery.

So without further ado, here are your match ratings…

Martin Dubravka: 5.5/10

Horrible night to be a Newcastle United Goalkeeper. Made 5 saves and one of those was a fantastic effort to deny David Silva.

DeAndre Yedlin: 3.5/10

A night to forget for DeAndre! Stand out statistic was a 45% pass competition rate – not his finest.

Emil Krafth: 4.5/10

Played out of position at Centre-Back, which is bizarre after his fantastic performances at wing back the last 2 games. Looked a bit out of sorts for a large part of the game, hardly his fault.

Federico Fernandez: 3.5/10

Worst performance in a Newcastle jersey for some time. Ended up scoring an own goal, which he can’t be blamed for – but positional play was all over the place.

Danny Rose: 5/10

Made the most tackles last evening with 4 in total. Tried to create space out wide and worked hard. Still yet to win over Newcastle fans as he tries to secure his future at the club.

Fabian Schar: 3.5/10

Arguably one of United’s most talented players – but he looks well off the player he was before the virus hit. Playing like he wants out and could be seen casually trotting back whilst Man City scored their second of the night. Won’t be surprised if he leaves in the transfer window.

Jonjo Shelvey: 4/10

Forgettable night for Jonjo (as well as the whole team). Played further up the pitch but gave the ball away far too easily – once actually leading to a goal being conceded. A pity, as he has played superbly the last few matches.

Nabil Bentaleb: 4/10

Couldn’t seem to find any rhythm and looked awfully disjointed at times. Made a few good tackles but costed United for their 5th conceded goal of the evening.  

Valentino Lazaro: 4.5/10

Does work hard and had one or two good dribbles but dispossessed for United’s second concession of the evening. He has the ability but has yet to find his feet.

Matt Ritchie: 4/10

Didn’t look himself and maybe because he has just come back from injury.

Joelinton: 4.5/10

Another lonely afternoon for big Jo. Completely isolated up top and can hardly be blamed for not producing anything magical.

Substitutes (Must play over 20 minutes to receive a rating)

Manquillo: 5/10 (66′ minute sub)
Arrived on the pitch to an onslaught.

Dwight Gayle: 4.5/10 (66′ minute sub)
Not sure if he even touched the ball.

Matty Longstaff: 8/10 (66′ minute sub)
Nothing to report on.

Christian Atsu: N/A
Yoshinori Muto: N/A

Newcastle United, Aston Villa, Premier League

Player Ratings: Newcastle United 1 – 1 Aston Villa (24/06/2020)

Premier League

Newcastle United took on Aston Villa at home after a well earned victory at St James’ Park on the weekend against Sheffield United. Going into this game Aston Villa find themselves in 19th place and staring down the barrel of relegation having only 26 points. Newcastle, on the other hand are looking to be clear of relegation this season sitting 13th on 38 points.

The first half was a fairly dull affair. Villa looked slightly better, creating a few more chances with 11 goal attempts to Newcastle’s 5. ASM was by far United’s most threatening player, never shy to attack and take on players.

The second half saw Newcastle come out the blocks a bit better as they started to threaten Villa. Carroll and Gayle were brought on for Joelinton and Ritchie respectively and made an immediate impact. One minute after coming on, Gayle gave Newcastle United the lead after a receiving a stunning pass from Carroll who did immensely well to get control of a loose ball.

Unfortunately for United, Villa drew level from an Elmohamady header. One of Newcastle United’s best players, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, made a hash of this as it was most definitely saveable. This led to a deadlock result at 1-1, leaving Newcastle one point off the much desired 40 point mark and Aston Villa lingering second last on 29 points.

Martin Dubravka: 5.5/10

Quiet afternoon for the lions-share of the game for Dubravka, until the 83rd minute came. A flick-on header from Elmohamady fell low and Dubravka failed to deal with it, essentially forfeiting 2 points for United. A mistake he’ll want to forget, nonetheless, a key player for Newcastle going forward.

Javier Manquillo: 6.5/10

Solid afternoon for Manquillo. Worked the flank well and put in a shift as always. One or two passing errors as Newcastle looked slightly disjointed at times.

Jamaal Lascelles: 7/10

Skipper had a decent game with only one poor clearance coming to mind. Commanding in the air and will be disappointed that Newcastle aren’t walking away with all 3 points. Picked up a yellow in the 59th minute.

Federico Fernandez: 6.5/10

Looking a formidable CB partner with Lascelles. Some great clearing headers and solid tackling from the Argentinian. Picked up a yellow in the 74th minute.

Danny Rose: 6.5/10

Danny Rose had a better afternoon today. Some great link up play with Almiron, one almost leading to a great opportunity had Miggy passed back to Rose. Hopefully, he will find his feet at United and start delivering performances he is capable of.

Isaac Hayden: 7/10

One of Newcastle United’s best players. A real cornerstone for this team. To the passerby, he may seem like he is not doing much – but this lad puts in the hard graft. Made some crunching tackles today and held the ball up nicely. A bit worried to see him limping off in the 86th minute before a massive Cup quarter against Man City on Sunday.

Jonjo Shelvey: 6/10

Villa made a concerted effort to lock up Shelvey this afternoon. He was tightly marked from the get go and had little influence over the game. Still managed to put in one or two decent passes for United, but overall a quiet afternoon for Jonjo.

Matt Ritchie: 6.5/10

Ritchie, along with ASM, were our most exciting players going forward today. He looks like he is enjoying himself in the left of the midfield. As always, puts in a shift and had one or two lovely crosses today. Ritchie was subbed in the 67th for Gayle.

Allan Saint-Maximin: 7.5/10

Newcastle’s most dangerous player by a country mile. ASM continues to wow football fans with his dazzling runs and his ability to glide past opposing players. A bargain he was for £16m – there is A LOT more to come from this very special player. Had another good afternoon, giving the Villa players plenty to worry about. United will need him at his best for Sunday’s Cup game.

Miguel Almiron: 6/10

Not Miggy’s best afternoon. Looked sloppy at times and missed one or two opportunities to play his teammates who were making runs in and behind the defence. Nonetheless, worked hard and will hopefully continue to improve.

Joelinton: 6/10

Another goalless afternoon for Joelinton. Holds the ball up well and makes some tidy runs into space, just can’t seem to find the back of the net. Had one good opportunity that was blocked by Mings with some excellent defending.

Substitutes (Must play over 15 minutes to receive a rating)

Carroll (64′) : 8/10

Was fantastic from the get go. Held the ball up lovely and was brilliant in assisting Gayle for the goal. Controlled it nicely and then played a lovely pass through to Gayle, who duly finished it. A possible start for the local lad on Sunday in the Cup quarters?

Gayle (67′): 8/10

Was as energetic as always! Made an immediate impact, scoring 90 seconds after coming on. Collected a fantastic passes from Carroll and then seamlessly buried the ball beyond the keeper into the bottom left hand corner. You could see by his celebration how much that goal meant to him. Does he deserve more game time for United?

Bentaleb (86′): N/A
Lazaro (86′): N/A

Player Ratings: Newcastle United 3 – 0 Sheffield United (21/06/2020)

Premier League

Newcastle United took on Sheffield United at home for the first match back after the Corona virus break. Newcastle looked dominant and well organised. Credit to Steve Bruce for a great tactical setup, that led to a well deserved win for the Toon Army!

The first half was fairly evenly matched but the lions-share of chances fell to Newcastle. Most notably was Joelinton’s chance which he failed to test the keeper with. He later rectified this, with a great finish off an Almiron assist. I couldn’t be happier for the lad!

The second half started off with John Egan getting his second yellow in the 50th minute thus reducing Sheffield United to 10 men. Newcastle broke through in the 55th minute with Allan Saint-Maximin capitalising on a Enda Stevens defensive error. Matt Ritchie then made it 2-0 in the 69th minute with an absolute cracker of a strike, and in the 78th minute, Big Jo put the final nail in the coffin and sealed the game up with the 3rd.

Martin Dubravka: 7.5/10

Surprisingly quiet afternoon for one of Newcastle’s best players. Nonetheless, rock solid from Dubravka – what an asset he is to this club!

Javier Manquillo: 8/10

A player who is just improving as each week goes by! Great performance from Manquillo who worked that flank up and down.

Jamaal Lascelles: 7.5/10

Solid game from the skipper, he’ll be happy with the way his team has performed this afternoon! 3 points gives Newcastle almost certain assurance that relegation will be avoided this season.

Federico Fernandez: 8/10

Another fantastic performance from a player who has been patient to get his CB spot back. He is solidifying his position at the back and was a strong cornerstone for the team today.

Danny Rose: 6/10

Still trying to find his feet at Newcastle and not entirely convincing out there today. The potential is there, maybe more time is needed?

Isaac Hayden: 8.5/10 (Assist)

One of the most underrated players in the Premier League. Was absolutely outstanding today, practically didn’t put a foot wrong. Superb performance!!

Jonjo Shelvey: 8/10

Controlled the midfield with Hayden today. When Shelvey is on song, he is a treat to watch! Great game from this talented individual!

Matt Ritchie: 8.5/10 (Assist + Goal)

Loved seeing Ritchie back in the midfield and what a goal with a thunderous strike!! Grabbed the assist too for ASM’s goal. A great afternoon for a fan favourite!

Allan Saint-Maximin: 9/10 (Goal)

Took his chance when it came and gave United the lead. Terrorised defenders the whole afternoon – just getting better and better! Deserved Man of the Match!

Miguel Almiron: 8/10 (Assist)

Worked as hard as ever and put in a wonderful pass to assist Joelinton today. Making fantastic runs and was a nuisance for the defence today.

Joelinton: 7/10 (Goal)

Couldn’t be happier for the lad! After squandering a relatively easy chance, he did EXTREMELY well in the third goal for Newcastle. Started it all off by playing a lovely ball to Almiron down the wing and then worked extremely hard to get into the box and score with a great finish! Onwards and upwards big Jo!


Bentaleb: 6.5/10
Carroll: 6.5/10
Schar: N/A
Lazaro: N/A
Yedlin: N/A