The results of the Newcastle v Manchester City player ratings by fans.
Always interested to see what supporters have collectively made of the latest performance, when using our interactive ratings system.
Each player marked out of 10 and the averages below.
Interesting to see that the fans’ man of the match in black and white was only on the pitch for 13 minutes.
Mikel Merino (7.3) was the third and final sub brought on and he looked much more like his old self, strong and clever on the ball, plus almost put Gayle in with a perfectly threaded ball. A massive help if he is now back to his best for Brighton and Stoke.
The top spot was actually shared, as Rob Elliot also picked up that 7.3 rating, pulling off one brilliant save, a few other decent ones, though maybe could have done better for the goal and then he would have been easily man of the match with a far higher rating.
One other player got a mark above 7.o and that was predictably Jamaal Lascelles (7.2), superb at the back as he organised the defence.
Easily fourth highest was another sub, Christian Atsu (6.8) following on from his excellent display at West Ham, he looks another player who will be key in these upcoming relegation six pointers.
Four other players rated 6.0 or better and maybe no surprise that they were the other members of the back five on the night.
DeAndre Yedlin (6.5) impressing again, with Paul Dummett (6.4) making a decent return, as well as Chancel Mbemba (6.3) and Javier Manquillo (6.0) putting shifts in.
The players in the front five starting positions all found themselves lowly rated.
Rolando Aarons (5.1) might not have started previously in the Premier League under Rafa but his performance was shocking, no desire at all to be the first to the ball and did nothing to suggest that Rafa has been wrong to ignore him this season.
Jacob Murphy (5.2) struggled to make an impact as Newcastle couldn’t get out of their own half very often, with Joselu (5.2) also finding it very difficult as he ploughed a lone furrow up front.
The middle pairing fared slightly better, Shelvey (5.6) having the odd moment, whilst Mohamed Diame (5.9) showed some decent workrate to go with his West Ham performance.
Dwight Gayle (5.7) could have proved a late late star after coming off the bench. Looked lively but the key moments didn’t happen for him, a late header going just wide of the post whilst why on earth he dived for a penalty rather than just shooting is a mystery.
Below are the ratings as voted by Newcastle fans up to 1pm on Friday:
If you haven’t already put in your Newcastle v Manchester City 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 0 Manchester City 1
Man City: Sterling 31
Possession was Man City 78% Newcastle 22%
Total shots were Man City 21 Newcastle 6
Shots on target were Man City 6 Newcastle 2
Corners were Man City 8 Newcastle 3
Referee: Andre Marriner
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Mbemba (Merino 77), Dummett, Manquillo, Diame, Shelvey, Murphy, Aarons (Atsu 71), Joselu (Gayle 62)
Darlow, Clark, Perez, Ritchie
Crowd: 52,311 (Man City 3,000)
(Rafa Benitez claims he played his best team…Read it HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game – Read HERE)
(Surely Rafa has to take notice of managerial genius Gary Neville…Read it HERE)
(Pep Guardiola “It’s not easy when Newcastle don’t want to play” – Read it HERE)
(Jamie Carragher calls Rafa’s tactics ’embarrassing’ – Read it HERE)