The results of the Newcastle v Burton player ratings by fans.
He may have had a dip in form mid-season but he never stopped working and once again, Matt Ritchie (8.6) is the supporters’ man of the match, just as he was against Wigan – scoring the winning goal in both matches.
In a game where Newcastle really struggled to impose themselves on a resolute Burton side, you have a fair bit to get to the next highest rated players.
Sharing second place are two players who you might not have predicted pre-match, with Paul Dummett and Chancel Mbemba (both 7.0) turning in steady performances which helped to ensure a clean sheet and three points.
At the other end of the scale, Jamaal Lascelles (5.7) was yet again one of the lower rated players as he continues to struggle, sharing that mark with Ayoze Perez, who yet again was a passenger for most of the match.
Speaking of which, fans really want to see Christian Atsu (5.3) show he deserves his place in a more attacking line-up but difficult to remember him contributing anything on Wednesday night.
Dwight Gayle (5.9) also scored low but I think that is a bit harsh, he was fighting a lone battle much of the time against a five man defence, with little help from the likes of Perez and Atsu.
The rest of the players were fair to average, with Karl Darlow (6.6) having one decent save to make and otherwise largely untroubled during the 90 minutes.
Jonjo Shelvey (6.5) once again found it harder going to find space and openings further up the pitch as like Wigan, Burton played so deep. Midfield partner Mohammed Diame (6.1) was slightly better in the deeper role than his usual contribution but still didn’t really take responsibility in trying to make things happen.
Vurnon Anita had the benefit of no real winger up against him and saw plenty of the ball himself, though once again the pace of DeAndre Yedlin was badly missed in this type of game, as often the ball was worked around to Anita but with acres of pitch in front of him he lacks the speed to get forward and really take advantage of that.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 8am on Friday:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Burton 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 1 Burton 0
Newcastle: Ritchie 68
Possession was Burton 30% Newcastle 70%
Total shots were Burton 6 Newcastle 22
Shots on target were Burton 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Burton 3 Newcastle 4
Referee: Keith Stroud
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Atsu (Ameobi 89), Gayle (Murphy 90+1), Perez
Elliot, Gamez, Haidara, Gouffran, Hanley
(Referees Union issue apology after the game, read it HERE)
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction HERE)
(Read Nigel Clough’s post-match reaction HERE)
(Read what Rafa Benitez has had to say about Wednesday night HERE)