Bradford 0 Newcastle 4 – Match ratings of all United players
Bradford 0 Newcastle 4 – Wednesday 26 July 7.30pm
Elliott 7 – A quiet first half with very little to do! Should be tested more over the next two games in Germany.
Yedlin 7 – Good going forward, lacks the final product much like last season.
Lejeune 8 – Looks very confident and comfortable on the ball. Wasn’t really tested defensively but good signs from tonight.
Clark 7 – Comfortable as always.
Dummett 7 – Solid as ever, although more competition is needed at left-back for sure.
Hayden 7 – A good performance, very encouraging. Be interesting to see if he can do it in the Premier League with Shelvey.
Shelvey 9 – Always the best player on the pitch for me, head and shoulders above the rest… no pun intended.
Ritchie 6 – Not match fit yet but plenty of time and three more games to get there.
Perez 6 – Quiet and still looks too lightweight for me.
Atsu 5 – Did very little, had one great chance but dawdled on it when he should have hit it with his right.
Gayle 7 – Little service, looked isolated at times, but scored his usual goal! Great.
Diame 6 – You know you’re rubbish when the fans sing “we’re on the pitch if you score”.
Murphy 7 – Two goals, looks quick, strong and lively. Could have had three but was very unselfish in laying on a chance for Mitro.
Manquillo 6 – Had little to do but did everything he needed to comfortably.
Aarons 9 – A couple of positives runs and two assists for Mitrovic and Murphy. Also, didn’t rise to it when in confrontation with a Bradford player. A promising performance.
Woodman 7 – One good save from a free-kick, other than that had nothing to do!
Mitro 7 – Could have done better from Aarons’ run and a De Jong cross but eventually got his goal via a tap in from Rolando Aaron’s cross. Also missed a right sitter.
Gamez 7 – Slotted in comfortably at left-back.
De Jong 6 – Not much time to have an impact but he was taking free-kicks and corners – a sign he will be kept on??
Mbemba 7 – Just like the rest of the defence, very little to do!
Not enough involvement to have an opinion on the following:
Saivet – N/A
Colback – N/A
Bradford 0 Newcastle 4
Newcastle: Gayle 50, Murphy 51,79 Mitrovic 76
Elliot (Woodman 61), Yedlin (Maquilo 46), Lejeune (Mbemba 61), Clark (Saivet 77), Dummett (Gamez 61), Atsu (Aarons 61), Shelvey (de Jong 61), Hayden (Colback 77), Ritchie (Murphy 46), Pérez (Diame 46), Gayle (Mitrovic 61)
Crowd: 7,601 (2,404 Newcastle)
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
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