Newcastle v Cardiff player ratings – Players back from injury make the difference
The results of the Newcastle v Cardiff player ratings by fans.
Key players getting fully fit after coming back from injury, are giving a lift to Newcastle’s end of season.
Man of the match Isaac Hayden (8.1) rounding off an excellent display with a great strike that ensured the win.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch Ciaran Clark (7.6) had the next highest mark as he reminded fans of what we have been missing.
Sharing that rating was Christian Atsu, his exquisite free-kick was the best moment of a very good second-half performance that was a big step up on his recent matches.
Chancel Mbemba was the only other player to rate 7.0 or better, alongside Ciaran Clark they have given Rafa Benitez something to think about, as it looked far better than recent games with Jamaal Lascelles in the team.
Those just missing out on that 7.0 or better rating were Rob Elliot (6.9), Paul Dummett (6.8), DeAndre Yedlin (6.8) and Ayoze Perez (6.9).
The four of them all doing quite well and reflective of the team overall, looked much better once Newcastle went ahead and the players relaxed a little bit.
Jack Colback (6.2) did a little better, whilst bottom marks were awarded to Mohamed Diame (5.7) and Daryl Murphy (5.5).
Diame did do a bit better in the second period whilst bit harsh on Murphy who had little support in the hour or so he was on the pitch.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 6.30pm on Monday;
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Cardiff 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:
Cardiff 0 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Atsu 55, Hayden 65
Possession was Cardiff 42% Newcastle 58%
Total shots were Cardiff 13 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Cardiff 3 Newcastle 5
Corners were Cardiff 5 Newcastle 4
Referee: Graham Scott
Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Clark, Dummett, Perez (Sterry 90), Colback (Shelvey 73), Hayden, Atsu, Diame, Murphy (Mitrovic 66)
Darlow, Lazaar, Haidara, Gouffran
Crowd: 23,153 (Newcastle approx 4,300)
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