The results of the Newcastle v Aston Villa player ratings by fans.
It is definitely a team/squad effort this season but Monday night saw once again the club’s best and most reliable players as the top performers.
Newcastle fans almost take Ciaran Clark (7.7) for granted now, the centre-half rarely, if ever, putting a foot wrong and once again rated by supporters as NUFC’s best player against his old club.
The main support acts were Karl Darlow (7.1) and Jonjo Shelvey (7.0), the keeper having little to do but looking confident after his howler at Norwich, plus making an outstanding stop from Villa’s best chance when two goals up. Shelvey as usual behind anything good going forward.
As for weaknesses, Dwight Gayle (4.5) clearly wasn’t anywhere near his usual self and injury forced him of after half an hour.
Otherwise, it was left to Mohamed Diame (5.5) and Yoan Gouffran (6.0) to be once again the players who fans were expecting more from.
Otherwise, it was steady performers all round.
The rest of the back five (Dummett, Lascelles and Yedlin) all scored 6.8 as another clean sheet was registered and the right-back often looked Newcastle’s biggest threat going forward.
Matt Ritchie (6.6) put in a good shift and Jack Colback (6.5) put in a better performance than has become the norm for him.
Credit to Mitrovic (6.5) as well, the striker coming on and helping Newcastle to look a better team, he also seemed a bit more mobile!
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 10am on Thursday:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Aston Villa 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.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Aston Villa 0
Newcastle: Gouffran 42, Lansbury OG 59
Possession was Villa 45% Newcastle 55%
Total shots were Villa 8 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Villa 1 Newcastle 6
Corners were Villa 4 Newcastle 6
Referee: Peter Bankes
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback, Shelvey, Gouffran (Atsu 89), Diame, Gayle (Mitrovic 33)
Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Perez, Lazaar
Crowd: 50,024 (Villa 1,707)