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 Chelsea match;
Ben Arfa (9)
Shola (For Ba 74mins)
Ryan Taylor (9) (For Tiote 67mins)
Obertan (For Ben Arfa 87 mins)
Undoubtedly one of the easiest jobs I’ve had to do this season. A brilliant team performance with Tim Krul never having to put himself out as Che;lsea were restricted to long range hopeful punts.
Yes Santon did clear a corner off the line but that is what he’s there for!
That dominance was reflected all over the field as Newcastle strangled the life out of Chelsea and then added their own touch of flair/class going forward.
Tiote led the team overall with a masterful display until Mikel’s sly and cowardly assault.So I would mark him just above the rest but how could you deny anybody lower than 9 out of 10?
As for Cisse, maybe there isn’t a mark to reward a pair of goals like that but 10 out of 10 is better than nothing!