Newcastle 1 Leeds 1  – Friday 14 April 7.45pm 

Newcastle v Leeds match ratings from Friday’s match:

Darlow – 7

Made one key save in the first half, aside from that had very little to do and could not be blamed for the Leeds goal. I would still rather see Rob Elliott or Tim Krul between the sticks next season.

Anita – 8

One of his best performances in an NUFC shirt last night.

Solid at the back, calm in possession and gave us good options on the overlap. He probably won’t be here next year but hopefully he can give a few more performances at that level in the run-in.

Lascelles – 5

Would have been a 7 along with Mbemba if it wasn’t for the equaliser which for me highlights Lascelles’ main fault.

Too hesitant and not wanting to get the game by scruff of the neck… i.e. taking responsibility and picking up the no.9 (who also happens to be the best striker in the Championship). Still not enough leaders in this team.

Mbemba – 7

Has looked OK since coming back into the side, nothing special. Although I would like to see him paired with Clark, I just can’t see it happening this season as Rafa looks happy with Clark and Lascelles.

I think he will be playing in a top division next season…even if it’s not for NUFC.

Dummett – 8

Continues to perform brilliantly as of late. Again, a strong and confident display.

He will be giving Rafa a headache in the summer about whether to bring in another left-back. Many will disagree with me but I think he should definitely be kept this summer.

Hayden – 7

Brought some much-needed confidence and composure in the middle of the park. The Hayden and Shelvey duo will likely be Rafa’s preferred choice over the next few games.

Shelvey – 8

Like most games this season he was Newcastle’s best player and looks dangerous whenever he was on the ball. Should have provided an assist for a Perez goal, who was denied by Green.

Ritchie – 8

A constant menace last night. I have criticised him for not getting at players, not running with the ball, or rarely looking like he can beat a man.

Last night he proved me wrong and I think he had his best game for Newcastle. Also provided an endless supply of good deliveries from corners.

Perez – 3

As a small footballer myself, I know that if you haven’t got the physique, then you need to have something else about you.

You need to be fast as lightning, you need to be able to beat a man, or you need to be so good/intelligent that the other team can’t get close enough to you in order to take advantage of your lack of physicality. Perez (for me) has none of these attributes and showed last night that he simply isn’t good enough in this league or the PL.

On a side note, even if he is good enough, I have no time for players who spend the whole game waving their arms in the air, or diving/cheating in an NUFC shirt.

Gouffran – 5

It is clear that Rafa likes him for the role he plays in the team, but again, he doesn’t seem to offer anything to the team. Even defensively I think that he is weak.

Can Yedlin do Gouffran’s job better? These next few games look set to be his last for us, so lets hope he gives it his all.

Mitrovic – 6

He did OK last night, but as Alan Shearer pointed out on twitter, he is just not good enough.

I would love to be able to carry on defending him but at the moment it’s not good enough.

We are desperate for goals, desperate to win games to get us over the line, and if he can’t offer that then Rafa will probably cash in on him this summer.

I don’t think any of the subs were on for long enough, so can’t really rate them.

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(What the Leeds United media said about the game HERE)

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  • Exasperated

    Dangerous is the right word for Shelvey. He didn’t deserve a red card – he deserved 2 years in the jug for GBH. How does he manage to get away with it so often?

    • Jimblag23

      For what? Do you mean when that guy stooped down and the ball was there to be won?

      • Exasperated

        You blind or just horribly biased. If that studs-up high tackle had hit his thigh, most refs would have given a red, far less his head. Probably just a coincidence too that he assaulted Leeds playmaker & effectively killed his (& Leeds’) game. And let’s face it, it’s not the first time he’s assaulted players on the pitch. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

        • Jimblag23

          Horribly bias obviously.

  • James Palmer

    I couldn’t agree more with your comments about Perez the guy is a waste of a shirt in my opinion .Mitro too I’m afraid seems more worried about getting a free kick than getting the ball.hopefully if we manage to limp over the line then we get the opportunity to rid the squad of these two and the likes of lascalles , Sammy ,colback etc I.e. those who aren’t good enough for this division who can’t possibly cut it in the top league

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    I would have given Hayden 8, we never looked in trouble in the 2nd half until he was subbed.
    Big Vern was very good until he along with Diame let that guy get the killer cross in.
    as for Jamaal, he let himself down again with his lack of concentration

    • Mal

      Agree with you about Hayden. I think we have possibly missed him more than anyone and it’s a pity he had to be subbed as we lost our shape after he’d gone.

  • Mal

    It’s all about opinions but I just think the 3 for Perez is stupid. Still, if he has a good game next week he’ll no doubt be the best thing since sliced bread. You do blow hot and cold. Given some of your past comments about the likes of Anita and Dummett I can’t help smiling at what you’ve written above.

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      I just write what I see in the game. If anything, I am rarely inconsistent.

  • Blackburn1066

    I think we should be happy about where we are at the moment, and give the team a pat on the back for what has been a slog of a season. A lot of the playing staff will at the end of the season move on to other clubs not because they are bad players but because they have done the job that the club employed them to do.
    After the game against Leeds I was so mad with NUFC that I came on the Mag and had a RANT! Prat comes to mind and a few too many pints. Its not that we got beat its the way we got beat that gets to me.

    • Andy Mac

      Pretty sure we drew with LUFC Blackbun but I know what you mean.

  • MadMag83

    Anita and Dummett both looked good at full back. Mbemba was decisive which was reassuring to see.

    As for Gouffran and Perez, I’d like to see Rafa play Gouffran as a second striker because he’s got an eye for goal. Play Lazaar wide left and drop the number ten role midfielder role altogether because we haven’t got a player consistently good enough for it.

    • Andy Mac

      Said that before MM. IMO the true test of a good manager is to select players who’ll do a job in their best positions rather than choose players and shoehorn them into a formation you’re comfortable with ?

      We havent got a No. 10 on the books right now but we do have secondary strikers and Goof is a s good as any of the others ?