Southampton 0 Newcastle 0  – Saturday 27 October 3pm

We asked Kevin Christie to give us his match ratings after Saturday’s match.

A disappointing result in what was a dour match, very low on quality.

Defensively, it was classic Benitez and should have given us a platform to win the game but we were beyond toothless up front.

With Fulham shipping goals for fun and both Cardiff and Huddersfield looking out of their depth, there may well be three worse teams than us but we’re not doing a whole lot to help ourselves…

Dubravka – 6. Another sound showing.

Got up well for high balls and made a few routine saves, as well as one particularly important stop just two minutes in. Distribution was a bit off.

Yedlin – 6.  Very involved in the first half but much quieter in the second period.

Coped well with Southampton’s attacking threat but didn’t manage to get forward often enough. Solid performance.

Lascelles – 7. A sound defensive showing this afternoon.

Made lots of useful clearances and interceptions along the way and good positioning helped nip a lot of dangerous situations in the bud.

Fernandez – 7. Another good performance today.

Read a lot of situations well to snuff out danger and made a couple of brave blocks to help keep our clean sheet intact.

A few of his long passes went astray when we tried to be more direct as the game wore on.

Dummett – 6. Not involved at all in the first half but grew into the game after the break.

Made a fantastic block at the back post after the hour mark and was defensively sound all afternoon bar the odd little blip.

Didn’t manage to get involved much going forward though.

Ritchie – 5.  Not involved much today but he did a lot of running, harrying and tracking back to help us stay solid and maintain our defensive solidity.

One or two tentative balls lofted into dangerous areas without conviction.

Offered very little offensively, which was a disappointment.

Shelvey – 5. Was expecting a big performance from him today but final ball was lacking and he just couldn’t get a foothold in the game.

Nipped in well a few times to tidy up defensively but was too eager to punt the ball forward and lofted too many aimless high balls forward.

Not his best day at the office.

Diame – 5. A mixed bag.

For every neat touch and good interception there was a wayward pass to match and he ran into trouble a few times as he tried to plough through the midfield.

Wasteful going forward on the rare occasions when he found himself on the edge of the Southampton box.

Kenedy – 5. Struggled to make an impact this afternoon.

Tried a few flicks that didn’t come off to gift possession back to Southampton.

Didn’t manage to take advantage whenever he found himself with space to run into.

Would’ve expected more from him today.

Ayoze – 4. His usual ineffective self.

Wasn’t involved much but his lack of physicality meant that he was out-muscled by the Southampton backline whenever he got a sniff.

Slow to make his mind up when he had time and space on the edge of the box.

His lack of killer instinct really hinders us in the final third.

Muto – 6. Had a tricky task today but performed well.

Was involved a lot and held the ball up well at times to bring teammates into play.

Finally looks like he might be getting to grips with the physicality of the Premier League.


Rondón – 5. Not involved much and had little to work with.

Held the ball up well a couple of times when he had long balls lofted up to him.

Ki – 4. Looked a bit off the pace after being out of the side for a few weeks.

Easily dispossessed a couple of times and was slow and hesitant with the ball at his feet.

Atsu – 5. Was energetic and tried to make things happen but his lack of quality always shines through.

Sent one good cross into the box but no one was there to take advantage.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Southampton 0 Newcastle 0 

Possession was Southampton 50% Newcastle 50%

Total shots were  Southampton 22 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Southampton 4 Newcastle 0

Corners were  Southampton 7 Newcastle 2

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame (Ki 76), Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Rondon 69), Muto (Atsu 80)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Schar, Joselu, Manquillo

Crowd: 30,736(NUFC 2,450)

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  • BigHairyDog

    Dubravka 8, Yedlin 6, Dummett 6, Fernandez 7, Lascelles 6, Ritchie 5, Shelvey 5, Diame 4, Kenedy 5, Perez 3, Muto 6.

  • Ba ba.

    Htf does perez start every fookin game ffs

  • Paul Patterson

    It’s high time we went with Rondon up front with Muto behind him.

  • Superdooperhooper

    Ritchie offered very little offensively which was disappointing? When has he ever been anything other ? A championship level player . Always has been always will be

  • Peaky

    Perez is worse than 💩….put that in your pipe and smoke it MadMonk from Moscow….

    • Rabid Dog

      He’s probably in the lift at Washington services with ” is a lovely lad”

  • robbersdog

    Same sh*t, different day. In an ideal world, we’d buy two new centre forwards, a No 10 and two new wingers. None of our offensive players are good enough, and that includes Kenedy who’s turned out to be a bit of a dud.

  • mentalman

    I found myself agreeing with the ratings which doesn’t happen often and then we got to atsu, I’m not sure how his performance warranted a 5 or even a 4.

  • Foggy

    Looks like you get 5 for getting on the pitch. Perez, Kenedy and Atsu should be at a 2 max. There is no way Shelvey should be bracketed with any of these three even though he did not have as effective game as you’d like. Give him some movement instead of shirkers up front and that includes Rondon and we might see more end results. Maybe even a shot unless that is stretch goal. No pun intended.

  • Another no show from the offensive players and mostly Ritchie, Shelvey and Diame. Muto, Perez and Kenedy were so isolated up front and starved for any kind of decent service. We need to be dropping Diame and Ritchie not Perez or Kenedy.

  • Leazes.


    • OK, I give – How will that help the players and the manager pick up points? Don’t we want the team to at least have a chance of staying in the Prem?
      Ashley doesn’t care about attendance money, as most already bought their season tickets and you would literally just make it easier for him!
      Where were all of your protests and season tickets boycotts during the Summer when they were actually needed to give the board some pressure to back the manager?

  • Foggy

    You have to be kidding me. Neither Perez or Kenedy contributed a thing to this game. Kenedy looked like a one trick pony while Perez did his usual invisible man act.

  • Tadger45

    I live in Oz so boycotting the match against Wolves is not and option, get the premier league on phone as part of plan so do not watch as a mild protest. Was there when money thrown at directors cars way back when in the sixties ( I think they picked it up and bought Wyn Davies) so to all that say not going to the match has no effect I say your wrong it does and everyone (or almost everyone needs to get on board) or you will be writing stuff like below for years to come the only thing that will change is the division in the league

  • nufcslf

    Bollox to the lot of them including the Saints player’s…..all sh*t…….

  • Should be giving defensive and offensive marks for the entire team except Perez and Muto as most will score a 8/9 defending and 2/3 going forward.
    Diame and Ritchie come to mind most of all. I have noticed our last few games most of our attacking play breaks down because they slow play far too much, especially Diame! At times he was given the ball with lots of space to run forward but literally started walking and looking for somebody to pass to and RItchie is now playing like a second fullback rather than a winger and for a good reason as Yedlin offers far more going forward and going back as well! This is how poor Ritchie has become!
    I would 100% bring Ki or Longstaff to replace Diame and try playing Atsu or Perez on the right wing with Muto and Joselu starting (Rondon is not going to be fully match fit next week as well, you saw how out of pace he looked).
    Positives from the game – solid defending and excellent Dubravka and Fernandez should be given the license to go forward with the ball much more often. Muto looks really sharp and can create chances too. Him and Perez need to be starting behind Rondon (when fully fit, which should be Bournemouth if there are no further setbacks) and just get the rest of the team to defend with somebody from midfield taking the ball and running like hell forward before passing to any of them. We should create much more chances this way instead of looking for that long pass or playing it sideways to RItchie/Dummett only for then to end up passing/going back.

    • Salty

      Perez and Atsu shouldn’t be anywhere near the team. The fact that Atsu started the championship season behind gouffran says it all. Why on earth we paid money for him after watching for a season is beyond me. Especially as we then paid even more for Murphy. And Perez every week proves his lack of contribution- suggestion of playing on the right would exaggerate that more with his clear lack of pace. When we eventually move him on it will be to a middling La Liga club if he’s lucky

      • Most of those middling La Liga clubs would eat us for breakfast.

  • Malcolm Fisher

    Very generous with your ratings bud.