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

An interesting reflection on exactly who were the star performers on Sunday and did everybody really have a great game?

The Newcastle fans have given us a stand out quartet.

Ciaran Clark saved a goal at one end then scored against West Ham, now Jamaal Lascelles (8.8) has done the same to get top spot against Swansea.

Not far behind was Mikel Merino (8.3) who was by far the best midfielder on the pitch.

The other two to be highly commended were the ever dependable Ciaran Clark and Matt Ritchie, both scoring a 7.7 and having very good games.

Three others from the starting eleven were also rated as having a very decent match, step forward Rob Elliot (7.4) who mad a couple of decent stops and Jesus Gamez (7.4) who made the most of a rare start.

Javier Manquillo (6.8) was again good going forward but at times struggled a little in defence, whilst Isaac Hayden (6.4) had his moments but also got caught in possession a few times in poor positions.

Two of the team were rated as having poor games, as Jacob Murphy (5.6) struggled to make an impact, whilst Ayoze Perez (6.1) yet again contributed next to nothing in that pivotal free role he has.

As for the subs, Dwight Gayle wasn’t on long enough to form any decent impression of his efforts but Diame (5.4) didn’t add anything and Christian Atsu (5.5) was really poor in the closing stages, giving the ball away at least three times allowing Swansea to break.

Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 1pm on Monday afternoon:

newcastle v swansea player ratings

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

Swansea 0 Newcastle 1


Newcastle: Lascelles 76

Possession was Swansea 62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were  Swansea 10 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Swansea  4 Newcastle 8

Corners were  Swansea 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Mike Jones

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Gamez, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 69), Merino, Murphy (Atsu 59), Perez, Joselu (Gayle 78)

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Shelvey, Yedlin, Lejeune

Crowd: 20,872 (2,000 Newcastle)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction after final whistle HERE)

(Read Alan Shearer’s reaction to the Newcastle win HERE)

(Give us your Newcastle player ratings v Swansea HERE)

(Credit to Swansea boss Paul Clement for this post-match reaction HERE)

(Steve Claridge says Newcastle ‘Nicked it’)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    The usual suspects are always there, SloMo & Perez are not good enough for this league

    • ToonNL

      I do like Perez but he is looking worse than he did in his first two seasons here He is not a complete waste of space (he can move, he does put a shift in and he has scored some important goals for us, like in our last away win against spurs) but he isnt what we need from a number 10

      Would be interesting to average out all the player reviews from the last season and a half and see what happens

      • Jimblag23

        Yeah it’s a shame he hasn’t improved. I would love him to come good, but it’s not really going to happen is it?

        • mentalman

          i’ve criticised Perez quite heavily over the last two season’s but i actually think he could come good, he’s a young player who has never been given an opportunity to settle in to one position. He’s been played as a striker, winger on either side, advanced forward, No10 and also as Rafa’s version of a deep playing No10.

          His best performances have came when he’s played as a proper number 10 just off a striker like mitro, unfortunately his opportunity to do this will be very limited in our current set up.

          • steve

            I think he’s been much better the last two weeks, playing off Joselu, playing off Gayle he is terrible.

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      The Perez thing bothers me because of all the effort he seems to put in and his genuine love of the club. It’s much easier to call for a player’s head when they aren’t really trying and just see the Toon as a stepping stone (see Sissoko et al). I think he’s someone who we’ll remember more fondly once he’s gone.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Been going for nearly fifty years and this is the first team who fights for the shirt. Even under Keegan we had players who would not track back and work. I would them all ten but would like to thank the captain and Elliot and for having great games. For Gamez to have such a great game was the highlight for me. Keep it up lads never been so proud.

    • Grahame Johnson

      Last season we had a squad who seemed to have passion,heart and commitment, the last to games have shown that’s still there,playing Murphy on Sunday after atzu had played 2 games in a week and the way he an Gamez kept the young Portuguese lad quiet is why Rafa’s the boss,we are TOON-UNITED

      • Martin


  • Steve Pearce

    So why is Perez still playing? Hoy him in the Tyne and replace him with Merino and Shelvey in his usual position because he isn’t even up to Subeteo let alone grown-up’s football…

    • StevieB

      Perez is very fortunate to still be in the team. If I was Mbemba I’d be scratching my head wondering why he was made an outcast for 1 bad game v wolves last season when Perez has been afforded the entire of last season and all of this season to just purely under perform in a vital position (no 10) . Very strange

  • Andy Mac

    I have no evidence to back this up but I’m reasonably sure that in any given team performance there will be those who are below par. I would imagine its very rare for all 11 plus subs to shine on the same day ?

    • 1957

      I’m sure you are right. Our problem is that it’s the same players under performing in most games, the stand out example being SloMo unable to have an effect even late in the game when players are tiring. Not starting now at least but the go to substitute for Benitez when he makes changes.

  • ToonNL

    First half was a very messy performance but,as we did often last year, we grew very well into the game and found our feet and rhythm and weren’t ever really put against the ropes after Lascelles’ heroics. A far cry from the previous managers where we never grew into a game and god forbid we go a goal down.

    Joselu looked to pose the right questions with the limited involvement he had, Merino certainly got himself all over the pitch but I don’t think he played particularly well. not sure Perez strung a pass together.

    Murphy didn’t have a clue, Ritchie had one of his off days and Manquillo will give us all heart attacks as the season goes on. Biggest weak link I can see.

    We do need to be careful against counter attacks though. If Sanches was on his game we would have been punished a few times

    • Jimblag23

      I thought Manquillo was good tbh.

    • Gordon Pattison

      Murphy looks nervous. He is still one hell of a prospect.
      Give him a break.

  • StevieB

    I’d move Richie into the number 10 role on Saturday , I think he’d play it excellent, anything around 20 yards out and it’s going to be a vicious shot on target as he’s deadly in that range , I watched Andros Townsend yesterday and I can just see him back on our right wing with Atsu on the left and Richie in the central number 10.
    What’s anyone’s thoughts on that ?? I think it all of a sudden looks a great attack off Joselu, or dare I say it he allows a striker in January as well

  • Wozzey

    There was a bloke in a Newcastle shirt who first half ran and chased down defenders with little success, little things didn’t come off but he kept getting in to positions. Second half as Swansea pressed he began to find room and began getting our full backs in the game then he created space with a great run and was unlucky with a shot low to the keepers left, then he produced a wonderful run and cross that Atsu should have got on the end off, as Swansea tired he got better and better linking midfield with our strikers and helping to see the game out. Can’t remember his name but believe he plays in the number 10 role. As someone brought up on Pingle, Shinton, Rob Macdonald and a few other duck eggs give the lad a break, he loves the black and white shirt and plays with a passion and when he’s having a bad game he doesn’t hide and we’ve seen hundreds of those over the years with so called better reputations. He’s still young and despite all the criticism of not bringing players through because of so called bad coaching, I think he’s a success and let’s get off his back eh? Great performance lads I’d give none of them anything under 7, made Swansea look average and we’ve seen some drubbing here over the years!

  • mentalman

    Hayden’s score was a bit harsh he did well and lost possession when he was given sloppy passes or given the ball when he shouldn’t have been.

    He’s the Dummett of the team when Dummett isn’t playing