Nottingham Forest 3 Newcastle United 1 – Wednesday 29 August 7.45pm
We asked Jonathan Drape-Comyn to give us his match ratings after Wednesday night’s match.
Newcastle losing 3-1 eventually in a match that ended up with plenty of drama at the end but little quality from the visitors for the first 90 minutes…
Darlow – 6. I don’t think he could have done much in regard to the goals that were conceded. Not really much to say about him!
Sterry – 6. First half I thought he did ok but struggled in the second half. Appeared to run out of energy after an hour.
Defensively not bad, and although he did make an effort to get forward, and go beyond Atsu, his delivery into the box was terrible.
Fernandez – 6. After a good display against Chelsea I don’t think he did much wrong tonight either.
We may have conceded three goals but they were mainly down to individual errors and Fernandez had been subbed before the final two goals . Happy with Fernandez so far.
Schar – 4. Didn’t have a good evening.
Looked at fault for the first goal and didn’t instil me with confidence.
Clark – 5. Limited at left back, and made no attempt at all to support Kenedy, who was increasingly isolated on the left hand side. Looked slow to be honest.
I think it says a lot about our current state that a player, who hasn’t been at the club for long, and is probably our 5th choice centre back (even though I do rate him), is captaining the team.
Atsu – 4. Both of the wingers did absolutely nothing tonight. They were both anonymous.
Can’t think of a moment in the game in which Atsu took on his full back. Not good enough.
Longstaff – 7. The one performance I was most pleased about. Like Ki beside him, he made a great effort to get on the ball, tried his best to link up play.
Looked confident in his play, and although he misplaced a few passes here and there, he can be happy with how he did.
Ki – 7. Like Longstaff, I thought he played quite well. Showed good energy to get forward, and looked like he could be a threat when he was on the ball.
Although, I admit there is a big difference between looking like you can be a threat and actually be a threat.
Kenedy – 3. I feel bad giving him such a low mark after his performance against Cardiff but he was absolutely terrible tonight and was at fault for the third goal.
Did nothing going forward, gave the ball away a few times and struggled when he went to left back. Looked like a shadow of the player from last season in his past two games… lets hope its just a bad patch!
Muto – 5. Huffed and puffed, ran around the pitch like a headless chicken at times and to put it bluntly, didn’t do anything when he did get his foot on the ball.
I was really looking forward to seeing him play properly tonight but disappointed by his contribution.
Joselu – 6. Actually looked a threat but lacked that clinical finish.
I expect Rondon to start instead on Saturday… although I don’t expect us to score away to Manchester City.
Perez – 7. Caused a few problems as soon as he came on, contributed to Rondon’s equaliser and should have had an absolute stonewall penalty.
Another one who I expect to come back into the squad Saturday.
Murphy – 6. Didn’t do much when he was on but did look quite aggressive. I imagine he would have been disappointed not to get a start tonight.
Rondon – 8. That’s what you pay your loan for (ha!) – a great finish from Rondon. If he can score another 10 of those this season then we might just be alright!
Stats from BBC Sport:
Nottingham Forest 3 Newcastle United 1
Newcastle: Rondon 90+2
Forest: Murphy 2, Cash 90+4, Dias 90+7
Possession was Forest 46% Newcastle 54%
Total shots were Forest 11 Newcastle 10
Shots on target were Forest 7 Newcastle 1
Corners were Forest 5 Newcastle 3
Referee: Jeremy Simpson
Crowd: 13,942 (3,000 Newcastle)
Darlow, Sterry, Schar, Fernandez (Perez 69), Clark, Kenedy, Atsu, Ki, Longstaff, Muto (Murphy 77), Joselu (Rondon 82)
Elliot, Diame, Yedlin, Dummett
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