Newcastle 0 West Brom 1 – Saturday 28 April 2018 3pm
We asked Kevin Christie to give us his match ratings after today’s game.
A very disappointing result after a hugely frustrating performance – totally lacking penetration and bereft of ideas.
This team is at their best when they’re up against it, need to dig in and can play on the break. We just don’t have the personnel to unlock the opposition when they sit back and let us have the ball.
Lumping it long for the last half hour was playing right into West Brom’s hands but our allegedly more subtle, creative and incisive pairing of Gayle and Perez also failed miserably.
Time to dust the cobwebs off that chequebook, Mike!
Had very little to do. Couldn’t do anything for their goal.
Whipped in a few good crosses and always offered himself as an outlet.
His usual reliable self. Didn’t put a foot wrong.
Another decent performance. Some of his long passing was a bit off though.
His worst performance of the season.
Arguably at fault for the goal.
Offered nothing going forward.
A bad day at the office after so many great recent performances.
Our stand-out performer.
Willing runner as always. Sent in a few dangerous deliveries too.
Our most composed attacking outlet on a day when others floundered.
Back to his worst today, unfortunately.
Broke up a few West Brom attacks early on but lost his way badly as the game progressed.
Misplaced lots of passes, occupied the same space as team-mates and, generally, ran about like a headless chicken.
Poor performance, far too hurried with his deliveries. Lots of misplaced ‘Hollywood’ passes. Some seriously wayward balls over the top and into the channels.
Grew increasingly frustrated as the game progressed, the only saving grace being that he didn’t lose his head.
‘More haste, less speed’ springs to mind!
To his credit, he constantly showed for the ball and tried to make things happen. However, like Shelvey, a bit hurried in his actions.
Ran into trouble a lot and struggled to find team-mates. Neat combination play in first half nearly resulted in a goal.
Poor end product today but at least was alert and willing all afternoon.
Out-fought and out-muscled all day.
Struggled to make an impact or link with team-mates.
Another frustrating day that only served to highlight his attacking limitations.
Put himself about and tried to press the West Brom defence but again offered nothing in an attacking sense.
Has a tough gig in this side but seriously lacks the cutting edge required to wear the famous #9 shirt.
Took a little while to settle after his introduction – misplaced some simple passes and was poor positionally but eventually grew into the game.
Was a useful outlet on the right and the side looked more balanced with him in it.
However, seems to have a severe lack of self-confidence which is a worry – especially for an attacking player.
A big summer ahead for him if Rafa takes him under his wing – could possibly play as a #10…? Or could be shipped out…?
Offered exactly what you’d expect – he was physical, he held the ball up well and he gave us a focal point but to no avail. Constantly out-numbered.
Peppering West Brom’s box with long balls for the last 20 minutes was bread and butter to them.
Worrying show of petulance in his clash with Dawson as well.
Still a little ring rusty but sharper than he was against Everton on Monday night. Hard to see what he offers that Mitrovic didn’t…
Wasn’t on for very long and offered little but had one gilt-edged headed chance which he failed to even hit the target with.
Was also ahead of the ball and too slow to react on one of the few occasions that Slimani did win an aerial duel in the box.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 West Brom 1
West Brom: Phillips 29
Possession was West Brom 36% Newcastle 64%
Total shots were West Brom 9 Newcastle 17
Shots on target were West Brom 2 Newcastle 2
Corners were West Brom 1 Newcastle 5
Referee: David Coote
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett (Murphy 58) Ritchie, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Joselu 78), Gayle (Slimani 65)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden
Crowd: 52,283 (1,000 West Brom approx)
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