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:

newcastle v stoke player ratings

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

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Shelvey 69), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Diame 86), Joselu (Gayle 78)

Unused Subs:

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)

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(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!)

  • Andy Mac

    Relived the highlights yesterday and the Elliot save from Diouf’s header was Banksesque. Had it gone in we’d have had a real fight on our hands. So deserves more than 7.7 imo

    • Philippines

      I wonder how many folks reading your post will realise what “Banksesque” means? I do – I watch the save from Pele live at the time. Possibly the greatest goalie save of all time.

      • Wor Lass

        …. and Pele applauded him. Them were the days!

      • Andy Mac

        There’s some clips doing the rounds of that Elliot “Banks style” save. Well worth watching again as you do with the original one ?

      • Colin Brumwell

        PeterShiltons 80th minute stop from Paul Goddards 3 yard diving header in 1988 was just as good

      • Rich Lawson


  • Jezza

    “Now the interesting one, Newcastle fans only giving Joselu 5.8.
    He did everything asked of him apart from his main job.”

    That’s the whole point. He didn’t do the one job he was on the pitch to do.

  • Steve Pearce

    So how is Hoselu’s 5.8 rating surprising?

    The geet gowk missed the chance of a hat trick and should have been subbed at half time!

    • ToonNL

      Aye he threw a lot away. Was still working to get ahead of his man and get into the right places though, less hopeless than some of our recent striking options.

      If it wasn’t against his old team and a half-time sub then likely to ruin his confidence He probably would have been

    • Paul Patterson

      Oh yes, that would’ve done his confidence the power of good.

  • Paul Patterson

    Strikers miss chances, even Alan Shearer missed chances. He even apologies when he missed a pen against Ipswich that cost us a win.
    People need to be a bit more supportive of Joselu. At least he was in the positions to miss the chances..

    • Rich Lawson


  • 1957

    Personally I thought his rating for yesterday would be around the 6 mark so I’m not surprised.

    The Hoss isn’t going to score piles of goals for us he simply has never been a prolific goalscorer throughout his career and I can’t see that changing. He does have real value to the team in his general play though and fits in well with tactical approach adopted by Benitez, he is more of a Wyn Davies or John Tudor than a Bryan Robson or Supermac.

    To me we need a striker/attacking player who can play the role Perez occupies, who can work alongside Hoss and be the primary goalscorer.

  • Jezza

    In my opinion 5.8 is generous for a striker who failed to score and mised three absolute sitters. What rating would you give a keeper who did everything right apart from letting in three soft goals?

  • NUFCDan

    If Mitro had have missed those chances we would have been universally slated and condemned as hopeless for the rest of time.

  • fistsofsteel2

    Mitrovich is our best striker, and most likely to score goals. He should be first choice from now on.


    Good match by Yedlin