The results of the Newcastle v Leeds player ratings by fans.
Normally I pretty much agree with the fan ratings after each game, after all, when so many supporters are giving their collective marks out of 10 surely it can only give a true reflection?
Well I think this game is a one-off, with so many Newcastle fans reacting far too much to the last gasp equaliser and their subsequent massive disappointment with it.
On the positive side, no surprise to see three Newcastle midfielders getting the top three ratings.
Matt Ritchie (7.7) just edging out the returning Isaac Hayden (7.5) and Jonjo Shelvey (7.4), as there were 22 shots and 19 corners for Newcastle.
Other than that trio though, only one other Newcastle player managed 7.0 or better, with Vurnon Anita turning in a decent display at right-back. If Newcastle had won 1-0, then I have a feeling that pretty much all of the starting eleven would have had at least that 7.0 rating from fans.
Two other players just fell under that rating, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba having been out of favour for most of this season but putting in good displays at either end of the pitch to get a 6.8 rating.
At the bottom of the scale – quite unusual to have the only Newcastle goalscorer with the very lowest score and especially when he is a defender who has helped keep a clean sheet for 94 minutes.
However, Jamaal Lascelles (5.4) has that honour, sharing that mark with Yoan Gouffran.
Lascelles allowed Chris Wood to be totally unmarked as he scored that late equaliser and continues to struggle at the back, though I did think this was one of his better games!
As for Gouffran, yet again another match where it passes by and I can’t really remember him contributing anything of consequence. Worked hard but that is what every player should do for starters.
Ayoze Perez (5.6) was third worst mark, also for him another game where he threatens to do something but very rarely does. At times play opened up and he had acres of space to run into but his lack of pace meant he just checked back or lost the ball most of the time – I just can’t see how he can ever play this number ten role when he is so slow.
Completing the starting eleven, Karl Darlow (6.6) made a great save for Leeds’ first chance on target right at the start of the game, then had no chance with their second chance in the 95th minute.
Bit harsh as well on Paul Dummett (6.3) who had one of his better matches I felt.
None of the subs were on for long but that didn’t stop Jack Colback (3.4) getting such a low mark after he had a shambolic cameo which involved a booking and needless free-kick given away in the build-up to their goal.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 12 noon on Sunday:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Leeds 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 Leeds 1
Newcastle: Lascelles 67
Leeds: Wood 90+5
Possession was Leeds 44% Newcastle 56%
Total shots were Leeds 4 Newcastle 22
Shots on target were Leeds 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Leeds 0 Newcastle 19
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Darlow, Anita, Lascelles, Mbemba, Dummett, Ritchie (Yedlin 84), Shelvey, Hayden (Colback 79), Gouffran, Perez (Diame 90), Mitrovic
Elliot, Hanley, Murphy, Atsu
Crowd: 52,301 (Leeds 3,200)
(The instant fan/writer reaction from Friday night’s match HERE)
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