Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0 – Sunday 13 May 3pm
We asked Jonathan Drape-Comyn to give us his match ratings after this afternoon’s match.
Newcastle ending the season on a real high, crushing last season’s champions 3-0 at St James Park.
Dubravka 9 – Don’t think he had a save to make in the first half.
Made two key saves in the second half. An inspirational signing.
Yedlin 7 – Supported Ritchie well.
I think he’s been our most underrated player by far this season. Offers so much going forward and certainly isn’t a bad defender.
Lascelles 7 – Both Giroud and Morata didn’t get a look in.
It’s quite amazing how Cahill is a shoe in for the England squad but Lascelles doesn’t even get a look in.
Lejeune 9 – My MOTM today.
Like Lascelles didn’t put a foot wrong defensively but was brilliant on the ball. I’ve been critical of him this season in terms of trying to play football too much at times. a great volley in the build up to the second goal and an assist for the third.
Dummett 7 –A much better performance considering he’s had a dip in form the last few weeks.
Neither winger got a look in, in all honesty. Solid might not sound sexy but it’s the best way to describe him.
Diame 9 – A close run thing for MOTM.
Dominated Kante who even looked scared of Diame at times. Deserved the outstanding ovation. Our best player in 2018 and the guy who best epitomises our turn in fortune since that West Ham game.
Shelvey 8 – Brilliant today, had a big hand in the second and third goals.
It seems like every time I have a proper rant about a player he plays well in the next game!
Ritchie 8 – The same Matt Ritchie we have seen for most of the season.
Works his socks off, industrious, and a threat going forward as well. A fan favourite and I’d say Rafa’s best signing so far.
Perez 8 – Another one who was brilliant today, chipped in with two goals so you really can’t say a bad word about his performance today.
Even if he didn’t score the two goals, he was still brilliant.
Murphy 7 – Out of everyone today I’m most pleased for him!
He did alright, caused Chelsea lots of problems going forward. Really pleased that he will end this season on a positive note. Needs the confidence boost.
Gayle 7 – Got his goal which is all you can ask from a centre forward.
Didn’t do much else before getting injured either!
Joselu 7 – It was only 1-0 when Joselu came on… game changer!
Just kidding but he did ok when he was on. Another one I am pleased for that he put in a good shift on the last day.
Hayden N/A (Not on long enough)
Haidara N/A (Not on long enough)
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0
Newcastle: Gayle 23, Perez 59, 63
Possession was Chelsea 58% Newcastle 42%
Total shots were Chelsea 6 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 6
Corners were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 4
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 72), Shelvey, Diame (Haidara 87), Murphy, Perez, Gayle (Joselu 48)
Darlow, Manquillo, Gamez, Merino
Crowd: 52,294 (3,000 Chelsea)
(Alan Shearer reacts after end of season 3-0 hammering of Chelsea – Read HERE)
(Sunday night’s Match of the Day Running order is HERE)
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the victory HERE)
(Kenedy post emotional farewell message to Newcastle United – Read it HERE)
(Breaking News: Mike Ashley releases statement asking Rafa Benitez to stay at Newcastle United – Read it HERE)
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