Ipswich 3 Newcastle 1 – Monday 17 April 3pm
Darlow – 2
Looked like he had never kicked a ball. How a professional footballer can’t put on the right studs before a game is beyond belief.
Yedlin – 4
Shambolic defensively. Although he tried to offer something going forward it was to no avail.
Lascelles – 0
Absolutely, well…truly terrible.
Just as well I took 10 minutes after the game to write this, otherwise it would have been a -10 and there would have been some bad words.
The captain walked straight off at the end of the game.
Hanley – 2
Equally as bad a performance than Lascelles. Not quite sure why he got the nod over Mbemba.
It seemed Rafa was rotating for the sake of it if you ask me. Not as if Ipswich had a big man up front that Hanley was specifically put in for.
Dummett – 7
Newcastle’s best performer on the day. Didn’t do anything wrong defensively and was the reason we scored our only goal with a world class pass to Atsu.
Shelvey – 6
Tried his best but it wasn’t good enough today. Didn’t see a lot of the ball and had no space on a tiny compact pitch.
Hayden – 5
Tired from Friday night perhaps?
Given he hasn’t played at all recently it was a surprise to me that he got the nod over Colback. It showed, as he was ineffective and played poorly.
Ritchie – 4
Another one who looked tired. Gave the ball away for the first goal after missing a great chance. Another poor performance.
Atsu – 5
I feel like five is too generous but he was our most dangerous player and the only way we were going to score a goal today.
An assist for the goal but ineffectual and all round not good enough.
Diame – 2
A sorry excuse for a footballer since he joined Newcastle.
He has coasted through this season.
No movement, no creativity. Definitely not a no.10.
Murphy – 6
Had nothing to feed off all day but still popped up in the right place with a goal. He was often isolated by two giant centre halves.
Gouffran – Too late to mark.
Why was he brought on? I’m not so sure. Offers nothing.
Gamez – Too late to mark.
Another pointless substitution. My apologies if Yedlin was injured but he didn’t look it…
Mitrovic – Too late to mark.
Brought on with 10 minutes to go. What’s the point? Too little too late.
It was obvious at half-time that things had to change, he should have been brought on then.
I’m Rafa’s biggest fan, and he is the sole reason we are where we are this season, but let’s get out of Walter Mitty-land for a second.
If we continue to think that he can’t be criticised then that can only be a bad thing for Newcastle United.
Huddersfield are 1-0 up as I write this. I’ve said for a while now that promotion is not guaranteed and many have laughed at me.
We must step up now and the leaders in the team need to step out of the shadows or this will go down in Newcastle history as one of the biggest capitulations of all time.
Pressure is on BIG time. Let’s react.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Ipswich 3 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Murphy 62
Ipswich: Sears 42, McGoldrick 69, Huws 90+3
Possession was Ipswich 45% Newcastle 55%
Total shots were Ipswich 9 Newcastle 12
Shots on target were Ipswich 3 Newcastle 4
Corners were Ipswich 2 Newcastle 7
Referee: Tim Robinson
Darlow, Yedlin (Gamez 78), Lascelles, Hanley, Dummett, Ritchie (Mitrovic 82), Hayden (Gouffran 61), Shelvey, Atsu, Diame, Murphy
Elliot, Perez, Mbemba, Colback
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