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Sky Sports rate Newcastle United as second best Premier League performance after ‘soft’ penalty

3 months ago
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Sky Sports have looked at the performances of all the Premier League clubs in this latest weekend of games.

The broadcaster giving a grade for each team’s display and a write-up on the performance.

Newcastle United getting the second highest ranking of the weekend, despite only drawing.

Newcastle rated higher than Liverpool (went top of the table), West Ham (came back to win from 3-1 down) and Leicester (playing with 10 men for most of the game), who all won.

The broadcaster praising Newcastle United’s ‘battling defensive qualities’ and Matt Ritchie’s ‘sublime’ late goal.

A point won after Rafa’s team were ‘unfortunate to be on the receiving end of what looked like a soft penalty decision.’

The point means Newcastle move on to 35 points with seven games to play and only needing a few more points to be all but sure of Premier League football next season.

Sky Sports Verdict – Newcastle United (B+):

“Newcastle stuck with it, even after going 2-1 down in the 81st minute, and Matt Ritchie’s goal was simply sublime.

“Their battling defensive qualities was perfectly encapsulated by Paul Dummett’s remarkable acrobatic clearance to deny Callum Wilson’s neat header when it was 1-1.

“Newcastle lacked spark going forward, but they were unfortunate to be on the receiving end of what looked like a soft penalty decision when Federico Fernandez was adjudged to have brought down Nathan Ake in the box.

“Had that not been given, the result may well have swung in Newcastle’s favour.”

Whilst for Bournemouth (B), Sky Sports describe their part in the 2-2 draw:

Eddie Howe alluded to the fact his side have “work to do” after Newcastle grabbed a dramatic draw at the Vitality Stadium and he’s got a point.

“Although Bournemouth did well to go 2-1 up after being a goal down at half-time, Howe referred to defensive frailties in both goals conceded.

“The first came from a free-kick and the second saw Ritchie left unmarked at the back post.

“Nevertheless, they still looked dangerous in attack with Joshua King, Ryan Fraser and Dominic Solanke – off the bench – proving particularly useful.”

Sky Sports grades on Premier League performances this past weekend :

(A) Everton

(B+) Newcastle United

(B) Bournemouth, Liverpool, West Ham

(B-) Leicester

(C) Fulham, Hudderfield

(D) Chelsea, Burnley

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