The results of the Newcastle v Barnsley player ratings by fans.
Not surprisingly, Newcastle supporters were generous with their marks after Sundays game.
A comfortable three goal win, some decent play AND the fact that these three points gave Rafa Benitez the Championship trophy.
Right at the top of the ratings is a player who has regularly disappointed but today showed far more determination and ability than has been the norm – after a very good all round performance and quality finish for the first goal, step forward Ayoze Perez with 9.5 out of 10.
In the main support role was Chancel Mbemba (8.9), getting a rare second game in a row the DR Congo international scored his first ever Newcastle goal and put in a very composed display at centre-back.
Next best was Christian Atsu (8.3), the winger a constant threat and like Perez, showing far far more than he has done at times this season.
Whether playing for a place/permanent deal next season at Newcastle, Atsu and Perez for once looked a class above this division. Barnsley were pretty poor but they still had to be beaten.
The generosity continued with four other starters getting a mark of 8.0 or better.
DeAndre Yedlin (8.5) did everything asked him at the back and bombed down the right at every opportunity, getting an assist for the first goal.
Paul Dummett (8.4) suggested once again that centre-back could be his best position, defending well there and along with Chancel Mbemba playing the ball out well from the back – Hayden’s early injury seeing him switch to the middle with Haidara on at left-back.
Another 8.0 score (or better) for one of the first eleven was Rob Elliot (8.0), though that seems a little generous as he made one very good save in a one on one but other than that didn’t have loads to do.
Jack Colback (8.0) bounced back to form and had a far bigger influence on the game than usual.
The other four players all scored good marks as well, with Shelvey (7.8) maybe not at his dominant best but a brilliant first-time left-footed pass helped create the opening goal, whilst Gouffran (7.6) was extra busy today and maybe another one hoping he can convince for a place in the squad next season and a new contract.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (7.4) didn’t really contribute a lot and will be more remembered for his entertaining role in the post-match celebrations, whilst Isaac Hayden (7.2) was only on the pitch a handful of minutes before being forced out of the action through injury.
Late sub Dwight Gayle (8.0) was rewarded for his late goal, whilst Massadio Haidara maybe deserved higher than his 7.5, as when he came on he added an attacking threat down the left that has been missing the vast majority of the season.
Not much of a let-up for Mohamed Diame (6.9) though, the only player rated below 7.0 and that mark indicative of a very poor season, for a player who was expected to be a key performer.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 5.30pm on Wednesday;
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Barnsley 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 3 Barnsley 0
Newcastle: Perez 23, Mbemba 59, Gayle 90
Possession was Barnsley 44% Newcastle 56%
Total shots were Barnsley 8 Newcastle 15
Shots on target were Barnsley 3 Newcastle 8
Corners were Barnsley 4 Newcastle 10
Referee: James Linington
Elliot, Yedlin, Mbemba, Hayden (Haidara 13), Dummett, Gouffran, Colback, Shelvey (Diame 72), Atsu, Perez, Mitrovic (Gayle 80)
Darlow, Lazaar, Anita, Murphy
Crowd: 52,276 (2,789 Barnsley)
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