Sky Sports have made an unlikely choice for man of the match from the Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2 match.
Despite the eventual scoreline this was a match where Newcastle were by far the better team, so it isn’t a shock that they have picked one of Rafa’s players as the pick of the game.
However, the individual that Sky Sports have picked out, is a little strange.
It is almost as though whoever has made the choice, has maybe only seen a couple of clips from the match, or maybe read the basics in another match report.
If Jonjo Shelvey had been subbed when say Kenedy was taken off after 64 minutes, then you might have had a case for saying Shelvey had been one of Newcastle’s better players.
However, he then went on to miss a more or less open goal that would have made it 3-0 and totally killed the game off.
Then as Frank Lampard so vividly showed on Match of The Day, on both Bournemouth goals Jonjo Shelvey failed to go with runners and ended up looking back at his own goal, bent over with hands on knees some 10-15 yards outside the box, watching the ball hit the back of the net, twice.
Shelvey definitely did some good things in the game but his later contribution has to be factored in.
Apart from the last 10 minutes it was a very good team performance with plenty of very good contributions, the likes of Dubravka, Gayle and others would be some way ahead of Shelvey if picking a man of the match.
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Bournemouth 2-2 Newcastle – Jonjo Shelvey
It was an assured performance from Shelvey at the Vitality Stadium, especially in the first half where Newcastle looked very comfortable.
He had a hand in setting up Gayle’s opening goal with a superb pass over the top, and produced a few more although they did not prove as fruitful.
He also put a shift in when taking advantage of some sloppy Bournemouth play and showed off what a talent he can be.’
Stats from BBC Sport:
Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Gayle 17 and 45+1
Bournemouth: Smith 80 Gosling 89
Possession was Bournemouth 64% Newcastle 36%
Total shots were Bournemouth 18 Newcastle 15
Shots on target were Bournemouth 5 Newcastle 4
Corners were Bournemouth 8 Newcastle 1
Referee: Roger East
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Manquillo 84) , Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Hayden 78), Perez
Darlow, Clark, Merino, Joselu
Crowd: 10,808 (Approx Newcastle 1,400)
(Instinct reaction from NUFC fans/writers to the match HERE)
(Eddie Howe reaction to the game HERE)
(Rafa defends his substitutions after later Newcastle collapse – Read HERE)
(Give us your player ratings HERE)
(Alan Shearer accentuates the Jonjo Shelvey positives – Read HERE)