We don’t carry player ratings as part of our match report but after putting it to the editorial team I was officially appointed as The Mag jury and here are my marks (out of 10) for the Stoke match;

Krul (7)
Simpson (7)
Coloccini (8)
Williamson (7)
Santon (8)
Gutierrez (8)
Tiote (9)
Cabaye (9)
Ben Arfa (8)
Ba (7)
Cissé (8)

Gosling (For Simpson 82mins) 
Perch (7) (For Cabaye 60mins) 
Ameobi (7) (For Cisse 69 mins) 

Newcastle really went to toon/town today as once Cabaye nodded United in front there was only going to be one winner.

Krul and his defence hardly had to break sweat as they comfortably snuffed out the likes of Peter Crouch, while the midfield dominated and the Stoke defence were chasing shadows much of the time.

Santon was my pick of the defence as he did everything he had to at the back but on top of that his surging runs up front cause all kinds of problems for the opposition as they are already havinng to deal with the threat of the likes of Ben Arfa, Ba and Cisse.

Yohan Cabaye was only on the pitch for an hour before getting a knock on his ankle, in that time though he pulled the strings and scored two, also adding a wonderful assist for Cisse.

Of the front three Ben Arfa marginally took the honours as he teased and tormented the visitors, a sublime drop of the shoulder to set up the first goal was my personal highlight.

Overall a great team performance but on balance Yohan Cabaye can be my only choice, what do you think?


  • Porciestreet

    Don’t know what Tony Pullit had been smoking, but to suggest that the potties should have scored 3 goals, let alone a hatrick when they didn’t even have a shot on target is beyond comprehension.  Ticking time-bombs and all that must be having a strange effect.   HWTL.

  • Paul Soulsby

    Aye, Walters might have scored a hat trick but for the first touch of a rapist.

  • Glenufc

    What’s the problem with toon fans and Danny Simpson.At the time of writing this he is the only outfield player who started the game not to register a vote.How can James Perch and Dan Gosling(???) get votes when the game was won by the time they came on.Start giving the lad some credit for being a constant part of a team that is playing way beyond any of our expectations

  • Anonymous

    Cabaye was the man today. However, the main thing for me is that confidence is brimming with every player, and, all are putting in solid, disciplined performances. Long may it continue.

  • Brontosaurus

    Didn’t even know Jonas was playing until you posted this.