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Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2 – Match ratings of all NUFC players

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Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2  – Saturday 16 March 3pm

We asked Jack Lacey Hatton to give us his match ratings after Saturday’s match.

A match that had a bit of everything and a game where the two sets of players did well not to let the windy conditions spoil it too much.

Rafa Benitez seeing his side go seven points clear above the relegation zone.

Dubravka – 6

I always feel sorry for keepers on awful windy days like today and he could have done with a little more protection from the back four at times.

In general though, a solid enough game from the Slovakian. He could do nothing about either goal.

Yedlin – 6

Not a bad display.

His pace unsettled Daniels and gave us some width going forward.

Not his strongest game defensively though as most of Bournemouth attacks came down the left flank, but a reasonable outing.

Lejeune- 7

Even on a horrible windy south coast afternoon that could affect his long range passing, Lejeune was once again a calming presence for the back three and commanding when he needed to be. Another good performance from the Frenchman.

Dummett – 8

It was a game made for the most stopper-type of our centre-backs but that should take nothing away from Paul Dummett who had his best game of the season.

The clearance off the line will rightly grab the headlines, but a number of times in the second half, he made simple effective clearances when Bournemouth tried to push bodies forward.

Everything asked of him defensively was done to the inch. Only a slight lack of composure at times on the ball prevented his number from rising. Probably my man of the match.

Fernandez – 5

An otherwise decent-ish performance ruined by a poor error for the Bournemouth 2nd goal. Showed again that he is an able deputy if Schaar is out the team.

Ritchie – 8

Another excellent display from our man who is turning into in Mr. Consistent.

He saved the day at his former club. One of the sweetest feelings anyone can get in football.

His overall workrate once again shone through in tough conditions. A few poor crosses aimed vaguely at Rondon are completely overwritten by his moment of injury time magic.

Diame – 6

Quiet return to the team for Mo, but he still managed to cover a decent amount of ground, and put his boot in when it was needed.

I do like the physicality he can bring to the team and hope he earns a new deal. Looked like the tank was empty when he was subbed for Shelvey towards the end.

Hayden – 7

Another superb performance from a midfielder quickly turning into one of our vital ‘cogs in the machine’.

His energy, tackling and passing held things together in a tight midfield flooded by Bournemouth bodies. Was lucky to avoid a booking in the first half for a poor challenge and picked up one later almost inevitably.

His drive and desire is obvious for all to see at the moment. Another solid outing.

Perez – 6

Quieter game than last week for the inside-forward but showed lovely touch and technique when it was needed.

A tough game physically but showed willing going backwards. Probably brought off at the right time.

Almiron- 6

Looked far brighter in the first half when his sensational run won us the free-kick for the first goal.

Probably the only Toon player who could create such an opportunity out of nothing.

Perhaps the conditions and physicality of Bournemouth made this his toughest game yet, but overall another solid performance.

Rondon – 7

Wonderful free-kick and his physicality gave Bournemouth problems all day.

Battled well in the air on a windy day, just needed a few more quality deliveries.

Every time I watch him play for us I worry about how the team would be so much less effective without him in it and today was no different.
We need him permanently.

Substitutes

Atsu- 6

Shelvey – 5

Muto -5

Stats from BBC Sport:

Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2

Goals:

Newcastle:

Rondon 45+5, Ritchie 90+3

Bournemouth:

King 48 (pen), 81

Possession was Bournemouth 49% Newcastle 51%

Total shots were Bournemouth 10 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Bournemouth 3 Newcastle 4

Corners were Bournemouth 6 Newcastle 6

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Dummett, Lejeune, Ritchie, Hayden, Diame (Shelvey 83), Almiron (Muto 82), Perez (Atsu 72), Rondon

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Kenedy,

Crowd: 10,625 (Newcastle 1,300)

(Rafa Benitez very unhappy with Mike Dean – Read HERE)

(To read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game go HERE)

(Fair play to Eddie Howe for these measured words after late Ritchie equaliser)

(Paul Merson was covering the match for Sky Sports – Read HERE)

You can follow the author on Twitter @JackLaceySport

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