The Newcastle v Norwich player ratings by fans will surprise many who weren’t there
The Newcastle v Norwich player ratings as voted by United fans.
Always interesting to see what the supporters collectively come up with.
You come away from the match and you try to sort out what you have just witnessed in your own head, though we all see any match in very different ways.
That’s why, I’m always intrigued to see how our interactive player ratings come out, with it being the collective marks out of 10 coming form thousands of Newcastle fans contributing.
So what did the Newcastle fans make of each player on the pitch?
Top of the pile was maybe not surprisingly Dwight Gayle (8.9) with his hat-trick.
Yet he could and should have had a hat-trick before his tap-in midway through the first half, then if he had been subbed when Rafa was waiting to make his changes with 20 minutes left, who knows what mark he would have got for his profligacy?
Instead he scored a superb goal with 19 minutes left to get Newcastle back into the game, plus the dramatic late winner.
Next best was Jonjo Shelvey (8.0), who played very well going forward and his passing was at times sublime. However, his lack of mobility is always potentially a negative and along with other teammates, he struggled with the pace of the Norwich counter-attacks that looked to have won the visitors the game.
If you weren’t there you are probably wondering why everybody’s marks aren’t higher – but whilst the team did come back and win so brilliantly and didn’t give up, they did lose their way for most of the game after looking excellent for the first 35/40 minutes.
Only three other players managed to get 7.0 or better, with Matt Ritchie (7.9) his usual busy self, playing a full part in the win but even he missed a real sitter, hitting the bar with a totally free header.
Defenders Yedlin (7.5) and Clark (7.1) were the other two, the USA international giving Newcastle a totally different dimension with his pace, whilst Ciaran Clark was fully committed, nowhere more so than a last gasp saving tackle when United were 3-2 down and pushing to get back into it.
At the other end of the scale, Mohamed Diame (3.9) was rock bottom, contributing next to nothing.
Whilst Paul Dummett’s (5.5) obvious limitations are now really being shown up by Yedlin’s contribution on the other side of the pitch, with similarly Jack Colback’s selection ahead of Isaac Hayden for such an important match, looking a puzzle.
The other three starters all had average games at best – Darlow (6.3) had very little to do but could do nothing about the three goals, Lascelles (6.6) was exposed at times on the Norwich counter-attacks, whilst Gouffran (6.9) saw his crucial 3-3 goal mitigate the fact he was quite poor and gave away a daft penalty.
Anybody blindly believing that Aleksandar Mitrovic (6.3) contributed an awful lot would be wide of the mark, his touch was poor and he struggled to get involved, though his very presence seemed to unnerve the visitors.
Hayden (6.7) impressed when he came off the bench, whilst a lively Atsu showed some promise with his dribbling ability.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 10am on Thursday.
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Norwich 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.
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