The results of the Newcastle v Huddersfield player ratings by fans.
A tremendous result and a very resilient team performance saw United go 11 points clear of Huddersfield and five ahead of Brighton, completing a very satisfactory few days for Rafa Benitez.
Newcastle fans have picked out three star performers though, who went that extra mile to get Saturday’s win.
Top marks (8.4) go to Matt Ritchie, the winger really coming into form in this promotion run-in and an all-action display was topped with winning and converting the penalty for that crucial opening goal.
No surprise to then see the next two highest marks awarded to those at the other end of the pitch.
Ciaran Clark (8.2) top quality as we have come to expect and Karl Darlow (8.0) continuing on from his excellent game against Brighton in midweek – in over three hours of football he was only beaten by two dodgy penalties, despite Newcastle being up against their two biggest rivals.
The next two highest ratings also go to members of the back five, with Jamaal Lascelles (7.7) very good alongside Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett (7.5) strong on the left. Vurnon Anita (6.6) didn’t do too badly on his return but Saturday was a reminder of how used we have become to having DeAndre Yedlin’s pace in both attack and defence – even if he is a little wayward at times.
Sharing that 7.5 rating with Paul Dummett, is Daryl Murphy. The former Ipswich striker excellent, as despite little support at times he did a great job up front, including scoring that very very good and vital second goal.
Rated at the bottom end were Mohamed Diame (5.6) and Jack Colback (5.8), a very similar story to the Brighton match where the two of them put the work in but still struggle to show they deserve a place in the starting eleven.
Christian Atsu (6.0) struggled to make much of an impact and maybe the nature of the game dictated that, going two up after half an hour meant Newcastle committed relatively few players forward most of the time and so the winger found himself outnumbered most of the time when going forward.
Similarly, Jonjo Shelvey (6.8) had one of his less effective games though he still found Daryl Murphy with the pass for the second goal. Whilst he still put a decent shift in, being on the back foot most of the match doesn’t really suit the midfielder’s strengths.
As for the subs, Dwight Gayle (7.0) looked lively in his 25 minutes and the threat he carries was summed up by the way he pressurised the keeper into the mistake for the third goal, great to have him back!
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 9am on Monday:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Huddersfield 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:
Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 3
Newcastle: Ritchie 10 (Pen), Murphy 32, Gayle 90+1
Huddersfield: Mooy 72 (Pen)
Possession was Huddersfield 76% Newcastle 24%
Total shots were Huddersfield 16 Newcastle 6
Shots on target were Huddersfield 6 Newcastle 5
Corners were Huddersfield 9 Newcastle 3
Referee: Roger East
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Colback (Gouffran 72), Shelvey, Atsu (Yedlin 82), Diame, Murphy (Gayle 66)
Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Perez
Crowd: 23,213 (Newcastle 1,900)
(Go HERE to view the interactive Newcastle player ratings and to add your own)
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction go HERE)
(To read what Daryl Murphy said after the final whistle go HERE)
(To read what David Wagner had to say go HERE)