Newcastle 1 Burnley 1 – Wednesday 31 January 2018 7.45pm
Darlow 6 – Don’t think he did an awful lot wrong but he doesn’t exactly ooze confidence between the sticks. Don’t think he came for a cross all night.
Yedlin 6 – Offered nothing going forward and wasn’t great defensively either.
Lascelles 7 – Struggled in the first hour but got his act together and chipped in with a captain’s goal.
Clark 6 – Both Clark and Lascelles were bullied by Barnes at times tonight. Clark especially was dragged all over the place at times.
Dummett 6 – The usual Paul Dummett tonight. Gives you a solid defensive display but doesn’t offer us enough going forward. Nonetheless, a welcomed addition back to the side from now til the end of the season.
Merino 7 – A cool and calm display, looked confident on the ball in the middle of the park and did his best to make things tick. I don’t think him and Shelvey work together as a combination and I prefer Merino to Shelvey.
Diame 9 – He was all over the place tonight! If we can get performances like that out of him from now til the end of the season he actually would be like a new signing! Apologies for using that phrase… I just hope tonight wasn’t a one-off
Kenedy 7 – Good debut! Looked dead after 60 minutes but I’d much rather he ran himself into the ground after an hour. A welcome boost to a very weak squad.
Perez 7 – Had something about him tonight. Pace, grit, determination. A much better performance from him tonight.
Atsu 5 – A poor performance from him. Also didn’t look his self fitness-wise. With Kenedy having a good performance, Murphy picking up form and Ritchie being a reliable player, his place will be under pressure for sure.
Joselu 5 – I’m not going to come on here after a game and slag him off. A missed penalty and an absolute sitter in the second half. the guy tries his best, he works his socks off, wins his fair share in the air. yes it’s not good enough but there’s been many a player walk through these gates who care a lot less than him.
Murphy 7 – Offered a lot going forward, fresh pace, but his final ball was lacking (apart from that one when he set Joselu up for the sitter!). I’d expect him to start at the weekend.
Ritchie N/A – Not on long enough.
Gayle N/A – Not on long enough.
Flags 10/10 – A strong message sent before the game. The right message too. Keep going, don’t give up because of one man. For anyone thinking about giving up, there’s a poignant example only 12 miles down the coast of what happens to a football club in which their fans have totally given up on the team. Keep going.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Burnley 1
Newcastle: Lascelles 65
Burnley: Darlow OG 85
Possession was Burnley 48% Newcastle 52%
Total shots were Burnley 11 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Burnley 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Burnley 4 Newcastle 7
Referee: Simon Hooper
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Atsu (Murphy 64), Diame, Merino, Kenedy (Ritchie 72), Perez (Gayle 85), Joselu
Woodman, Shelvey, Manquillo, Hayden,
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Burnley match HERE)
(There were 8 loan deals in and out of Newcastle on deadline day – Details HERE)
(Newcastle fans protest against Mike Ashley with quality Flags protest – Read HERE)