The results of the Newcastle v Derby player ratings by fans.
Newcastle banking three points thanks to a very decent first half and then resolute defending when put under some pressure late on, so who did supporters think were the strongest and weakest in landing the win?
Star man was DeAndre Yedlin (8.0), who covered an unbelievable amount of ground in both defending and getting forward, plus heading off the line from that Darren Bent header in the final seconds.
Next best was Matt Ritchie (7.5), the winning goal and a performance a bit like Yedlin’s, non-stop running in both the attacking half and when trying to curb Derby’s attempts to get back into the game.
Next up we had a quartet of players all getting marks above 7.0.
Mohamed Diame (7.4) made a welcome return and was full of attacking intent in the first half as well as tracking back impressively, then had a more withdrawn role as he dropped back into Hayden’s position after the midfielder was forced off.
Jonjo Shelvey (7.3) was involved as usual in all of United’s decent forward play and he was joined on that 7.3 rating by defenders Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett.
Clark was very good as is the norm and Dummett stuck to his task really well and got tight on Tom Ince to stifle Derby’s best player.
At the other end of the spectrum, Aleksandar Mitrovic (4.8) was bottom of the pile. A handful of times he linked play up quite well, including the goal, but missed a sitter and even after 10 minutes into the game he looked absolutely knackered when trying to run for the ball. Another strange thing is that for such a big bloke he hardly ever wins a header in general play.
Ayoze Perez (5.0) played all but a few minutes of the second half and like Mitrovic, offered little going forward. It is a strange thing that whilst the pair of them have an odd moment this season, the truth is that they both look even less effective in this division than they did in the Premier League.
The player Perez replaced, Isaac Hayden (5.7), was next lowest. The 21 year old has been very in and out recently in his form and looks like a young player who has had to be called upon too many times and needs to be taken out of the firing line, a bit like Jamaal Lascelles yesterday. After going off injured he may now get that ‘rest’ regardless of the lack of options to replace him effectively.
A trio of players were give average to fair marks, with the highest of those being Grant Hanley (6.8), the defender doing the simply things pretty well – getting his head on the ball and shifting the ball up the pitch out of danger.
Karl Darlow (6.4) had relatively little to do until the odd scare later on, whilst Yoan Gouffran (6.2) ran about a lot but his impact was minimal.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 3pm on Sunday:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Derby player ratings, go HERE and you can still input your own marks out of 10 for each player, then check back later to see whether the overall interactive ratings have changed for the team as more fans vote.