The results of the Newcastle v Stoke player ratings by fans.
They tell us quite a story on this occasion.
Matt Ritchie (8.7) continued his excellent start to the season, making both goals and with a superb workrate, what is not to love???
A close second comes Jamaal Lascelles (8.4), a very good defensive display and roused the troops when the equaliser went in, scoring the winner in consecutive matches is such a bonus from a central defender.
A strong supporting cast then followed with the excellent Mikel Merino (7.8) third highest, making Newcastle tick.
Then followed very good performances from:
Rob Elliot (7.7) – made vital saves when needed and Shaqiri’s goal was very good.
Ciaran Clark (7.6) – you just take it for granted he plays well every week.
Chancel Mbemba (7.5) – brought straight back in by Rafa and you could see why, did exceptionally well in winning nearly every header as Stoke sent repeated diagonal balls into our left-back area.
Christian Atsu (7.5) – scored one and brought down when about to get a second – still can’t believe the referee bottled the penalty decision.
DeAndre Yedlin (7.3) – the odd time caught out of position but he gives so much going forward, a great return to the team after injury.
You then had a trio of lesser performers.
Ayoze Perez (7.1) did get over that 7.0 mark and had his best game so far this season – but despite some clever work on the ball, he still struggles to really impact on games due mainly to his lack of pace.
Isaac Hayden (6.7) did ok but didn’t really manage to get into the game enough, still providing a valuable role though.
Now the interesting one, Newcastle fans only giving Joselu 5.8.
He did everything asked of him apart from his main job.
He could and should have had a hat-trick, if he had scored those three sitters he would have had the match ball and no doubt have been your man of the match.
That is reality for both centre-forwards and goalkeepers, yesterday those missed easy chances almost cost Newcastle the win.
If say Rob Elliot had done everything else right but let in three soft goals, he would have been similarly marked down – or probably worse.
The fan reaction isn’t to say Joselu should be left out but if say at Brighton next Sunday, Newcastle create three similar chances for the Spaniard and he wastes them, it could well be a different story to yesterday in terms of result.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 10.30am on Sunday morning:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Stoke 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 2 Stoke 1
Newcastle: Atsu 19, Lascelles 68
Stoke: Shaqiri 57
Possession was Stoke 58% Newcastle 42%
Total shots were Stoke 10 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Stoke 13 Newcastle 14
Corners were Stoke 5 Newcastle 7
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 69), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Diame 86), Joselu (Gayle 78)
Woodman, Murphy, Manquillo, Lejeune
Crowd: 51,795 (approx 1,500 Stoke)
(Phil Thompson admits he could have been wrong about Newcastle players – Read Here)
(Read what Rafa Benitez had to say after beating Stoke Here)
(Alan Shearer a very happy man after Newcastle went top four – Read it Here)
(The instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to win over Stoke – Here)
(Give us your Newcastle v Stoke player ratings Here)
(Mark Hughes’ comments Here – he was watching a different game!)