Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players
We asked Jonathan Drape-Comyn to give us his match ratings after Brighton 1 Newcastle 1.
A game where Newcastle looked to be cruising to victory.
Perez putting Newcastle in front with a confident quality finish, after Rondon brilliantly set him up.
Only for Rafa’s team to fade away to next to nothing after the break, giving a very poor Brighton a point they didn’t deserve.
Watching from Singapore…
Dubravka – 7: Don’t think he was caught out for the Brighton goal and although he didn’t have much else to do, I don’t think he really did much wrong.
Manquillo – 7: Another decent defensive performance from Manquillo.
Certainly at the back he is stronger than Yedlin but when you need a goal, he really doesn’t offer much going forward.
Schar – 9: Along with Hayden, Schar has been my favourite player for Newcastle this season.
He was great again today and I have a feeling there may be a few clubs looking to take him away from us this summer.
Fernandez – 8: Great to see him back in the side after he was somewhat unfairly dropped following a good start to the season. Did well!
Dummett – 8: I thought he did well and made a few crucial headers/interceptions.
Ritchie – 8: Mr Consistent! Ever reliable at left wing back and it doesn’t matter what formation you are playing, he will always be one of the first names on the team sheet.
Shelvey – 7: A quiet performance but he certainly didn’t put a foot wrong. Subbed with 20 minutes to go after his first start since 3 November 2018.
Hayden – 8: Having only got into the team in December time, he would probably be my player of the season.
We were without a win until November and Hayden has been instrumental in everything good about Newcastle this season. We should be doing everything possible to persuade him to stay.
Atsu – 7: Certainly doesn’t give you half of the threat Almiron does but he did ok and certainly put the legs in.
Perez – 8; Wasn’t on for long but what a brilliant goal!
A terrific finish as he carries on his great form. Will that be his last game for Newcastle?
Rondon – 8: Another great display in which he held the ball up well and ran himself into the ground.
Also, a wonderful assist for Perez to score the first goal. Not to make his move permanent would be two fingers up to Rafa Benitez.
Kenedy – 6: A poor performance and he remains a shadow of the player that we saw in a Newcastle shirt during his first few months at the club. No way will his deal be made permanent.
Ki – 6: Came on to shore up the midfield but didn’t do so. Looked weak, gave the ball away and didn’t contribute while he was on.
Muto – N/A (Not on long enough to mark): Gave away a foul in a poor position before he even touched a ball.
Would be surprised if he and Rafa Benitez were still with us come next season.
Stats from BBC Sport:
Brighton 1 Newcastle 1
Possession was Brighton 49% Newcastle 51%
Total shots were Brighton 9 Newcastle 9
Shots on target were Brighton 2 Newcastle 1
Corners were Brighton 7 Newcastle 4
Referee: Mike Dean
Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey (Ki 73), Atsu (Muto 81), Perez (Kenedy 33), Rondon
Darlow, Yedlin, Barreca, Diame
Crowd: 30,587 (2,500 Newcastle)
(You can read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)
(Chris Hughton reacts to the 1-1 draw HERE)
(Positives and Negatives from the match HERE)
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