The results of the Newcastle v Huddersfield player ratings by fans.

Doesn’t make the greatest reading with supporters making  it obvious where they see the biggest challenges.

The two lowest were Newcastle’s attacking ‘threat’, Dwight Gayle (3.1) and Ayoze Perez (3.6). Neither played offered anything  yesterday and whether Gayle is not fully fit or has ‘confidence’ issues still, neither he nor Perez gave fans any hope of goals against Huddersfield.

As for the relative positives, Chancel Mbemba gets top marks (6.4) after a decent shift out of position at left-back.

Only three other starters got better than a lowly 5.0, with Ciaran Clark (5.9) next best, leading at the back by example as always.

Then we had Matt Ritchie (5.7) offering whatever threat Newcastle did possess, whilst Merino (5.4) did ok on his first start but was at fault for the goal.

The other five were all poor to greater or lesser degrees, from Manquillo (4.4) through Atsu (4.7), Hayden (4.6, Elliot (4.8), up to Lascelles with 5.0.

As for the subs, Joselu (5.4) at least impressed with his running/enthusiam and Murphy (5.2) showed promise in his cameo, but Mohamed Diame (2.6) was hopeless – his highlight being a pass to the referee when under no pressure.

Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 12.30 on Monday lunchtime:

newcastle v huddersfield player ratings

If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Huddersfield 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:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0


Huddersfield: Aaron Mooy 50

Possession was Huddersfield 53% Newcastle 47%

Total shots were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Huddersfield  3 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 3

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 76), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Murphy 80), Gayle (Joselu 52)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Aarons, Saivet, Mitrovic

Crowd: 24,128

Referee: Craig Pawson

(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after the game here)

(Graeme Souness slaughtered one Newcastle player for the defeat, read here)

(To view and to add your marks to our Newcastle v Huddersfield interactive ratings go here)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match, read it here)

(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction after the final whistle here)

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    you could replace half that lot with crash test dummies & not notice the difference

    • Leicester Mag

      Tempting to suggest a dummy would have been a better front man than Gayle. How we ever expected this to work when he is unfit is beyond me. Had McNugget / Carve up Etc tried this and brought on Diame to change the game they would be slaughtered. Fault lies like a trail of pasty crumbs at Ashley’s door but we sadly have to fit a system to the players we have. The current system needs far better players than we have. Closer to Real Ale than Real.

  • 1957

    A 2 for the manager, too defensive, no ambition, unable to move away from his beloved 4-2-3-1 formation. Yes he needs better players, but if they aren’t forthcoming he needs to play a system that suits what he has, not continue to be a one trick pony.

    A goal down, needing to be more offensive, don’t change the tactics bring on SloMo for more of the same…sorry to make things worse

    • Clarko

      Joselu and Murphy were brought on to be more “offensive”.

      • 1957

        In the same sterile formation that offers little threat in the box

        • Clarko

          Are you talking about the same formation that Newcastle used to score 85 goals in the Championship last season, the most in the league?

          • 1957

            I’m talking about Benitez inability to vary his tactics to suit the game situation, he got away with it last season this he won’t. I agree with John Anderson the Championship was in reality a poor league with 4 or 5 decent teams including ourselves.

          • Clarko

            “In the same sterile formation that offers little threat in the box”

            “unable to move away from his beloved 4-2-3-1 formation”

            You were talking specifically about the formation. As proven above with the statistics, Benitez did adjust the team/tactics and it had a positive effect on the game.

          • 1957

            As far as I could see he kept the same formation, he replaced Gayle with Jose Luis, Hayden with SloMo, Perez with Murphy moving Ritchie inside.

            Still 4-2-3-1 a change of personnel not tactic

          • Clarko

            I never said he changed the formation.

            His changes had a positive effect.

            The formation was successful in the 46 game Championship season.

          • 1957

            You said he “…did adjust the team/tactics…” presumably you don’t class team formation and tactics as the same thing.

          • Clarko

            I don’t know what “presumably you don’t class team formation and tactics as the same thing”, means. (I’m not asking for clarification, it’s irrelevant)

            I did not say he changed the formation. Benitez changed the team/tactics. It had a positive impact on the game.

      • Soldier

        that went well didn`t it

        • Clarko

          It had a positive impact on the game. Before Joselu was introduced in the 51st minute Newcastle had 40% of the possession, 6 shots with only 1 on target, had a 43% dribble success rate with 7 dribbles attempted and forced 1 corner. After his introduction Newcastle had 57% of the possession, 7 shots with 4 on target, had a 67% dribble success rate with 9 dribbles attempted and forced 2 corners.

          • 1957

            Statistics don’t get you points goals do.

            Jose Luis made a difference but he should have been paired with another forward be that Gayle or Mitrovic to put more pressure on the Huddersfield defence. I couldn’t see how SloMo was going to gets back in the game, any statistics to prove he would…

          • Clarko

            Yes, the above statistics are relevant to Joselu, Murphy and Diame. Do you have any evidence to support the the claims you’re making?

          • 1957

            What I saw with my own eyes.

            Your statistics are from the 51st minute when Jose Luis came on, and I agree he was more effective than Gayle. SloMo arrived in the 74th and as far as I can recollect his only contribution was to give the ball away a couple of times and try a subtle reverse pass…to the referee, so I don’t agree he made a difference. As I said before statistics mean nothing

          • Clarko

            Diame made 12 passes (10 forward passes), 10 of those being successful passes giving an 83% pass success rate, I guess your “eyes” missed those passes.

            The changes had an overall positive impact on the game.

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            It was said we hadn’t created enough chances. That wasn’t correct as far as the stats go, we had more shots on target, more possession in their box and using the ‘new’ Opta expected goals statistic, we had an expected goals of 1.0 compared to 0.3 for Huddersfield.

            Perceptions shift based on the result, some on here have a starting point that we deserve to lose and the reflection on the game will justify that position even if it’s not reality. Big mo had very good passing stats but that ‘one’ will be remembered because he passed to the ref (wearing black shorts and socks!) and the preconception is that he’s rubbish. I tend to see away games and last season, he was very good away in Rafa’s formation.

          • Clarko

            Spot on. (@disqus_WfA9m2enhe:disqus)

  • Jezza

    Our problems can be narrowed down to three areas. Defence, midfield and attack.

    • Audun_steen

      You forgot 2 key areas.

      -Elliott cant kick or toss.
      -Rafa is all too stubborn on his way of playing 4-2-3-1 and his defencive approach to games.

      • Down Under Mag

        I actually dread to think what sort of numbers of goals we would concede if we didn’t play that formation as that is the only thing keeping us relatively organised at the back. Whatever formation we play, the players need to give 100% effort and right now it doesn’t look like they are. I think there’s been too much negativ epublicity and it is rubbing off on them and giving them an easy out. But the biggest worry is Rafa, he just looks to be fed up with the whole situation…he expects better and I can see him leaving in the very near future.