Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Monday 30 October 2017 8pm
Elliott 5 – Without doubt a good shot stopper, but there’s more needed from a goalkeeper, especially in the Premier League. Distribution was shocking all night long. Didn’t provide us with any confidence at the back.
Yedlin 7 – Brightest player, provided a decent outlet going forward. Sadly his final ball, like the rest of his teammates, was awful most of the night.
Lejeune 6 – Got a real test tonight and struggled to impose himself but did ok all round.
Lascelles 6 – Had an ok game but looks more comfortable next to Clark in my opinion. Still looked steady though.
Manquillo 5 – Really struggled defensively and offered little going forward on his right foot. Always prefer to have a left footer at left-back.
Shelvey 5 – Had a really quiet night and struggled to cope with the pressure he was put under by the Burnley midfield. Was constantly picking up the ball far too deep to have an impact on the game.
Diame 3 – Pretty shocking. Doesn’t ever really look like he knows what he wants to do with the ball. Incredible that he manages more than 70 minutes really. Memories of Geremi away to Scunthorpe tonight for me, not good enough for me at all.
Atsu 6 – I write this most games but he huffed and puffed to no avail. Found it hard to get any time on the ball, and when he did, the end product was predictably poor.
Ritchie 6 – An ever willing runner, can’t say anything wrong about his performance. The usual hard graft.
Perez 4 – Rafa can talk all day about how good he thinks he is but I’m not going to be persuaded. Useless again. To blame for the goal, too weak, not good enough. Just a shame the alternative is Diame…
Joselu 6 – We have come to expect a certain level from Joselu, which usually isn’t good enough, but he gives the team something. Just not a lot! A few half chances but never looked like he would take any of them.
Hayden 6 – Should have started, quite bizarre that he didn’t really.
Murphy 5 – Put on to run at the defence and provide some pace (I assume), didn’t do either, still waiting for him to show us what he can do. Can’t see him getting a chance to do that any time soon.
Gayle N/A (Not on long enough) Says a lot about his fitness levels that he could only manage 5 minutes or whatever.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Burnley 1 Newcastle 0
Burnley: Hendrick 74
Possession was Burnley 47% Newcastle 53%
Total shots were Burnley 12 Newcastle 12
Shots on target were Burnley 5 Newcastle 5
Corners were Burnley 5 Newcastle 3
Referee: Mike Dean
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Murphy 79), Shelvey, Diame (Gayle 83), Atsu, Perez (Hayden 76), Joselu
Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Saivet
Crowd: 21,031 (Newcastle 2,500)
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