Newcastle 3 Southampton 1 – Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players
We asked Jack Lacey-Hatton to give us his match ratings after Newcastle 3 Southampton 1
After a drab start to the match, a quickfire double from Ayoze Perez livened things up.
The Spaniard going on to score a hat-trick as Newcastle ensured Premier League safety with three games to spare.
Dubravka 6 – Exceptional save close to time, which prevented it from being a nervous final few minutes. Not at fault for the goal.
Manquillo 7 – A wholehearted performance. Deserves more appreciation at times, today was evidence of that.
Schar 6 – Before his injury, he was excellent.
Closing down space and keeping possession, including one tidy run out of our half in the first half which took the pressure off.
Lascelles 6 – Won many a battle in the air, as expected from our skipper, but could have closed down quicker on the Southampton goal.
Never hides from receiving the ball at the back, and that was needed today.
Dummett 8 – One of his best games for me in a Newcastle shirt and I admit to not been that comfortable with him in the team a few years ago.
He has come an incredible way in only a few years. The last ditch blocks were critical and were a big factor in securing the points.
Ritchie 8 – Sheer energy levels alone were outstanding.
His quality on the ball at times can be lacking but not today, he was a constant menace down the left-hand side.
The icing on the cake was the missile style launch to head the ball for Perez’s third. Magic from the Scottish international, please don’t let him walk away in the summer.
Hayden 9 – A player much derided by some sections of our support at times, but since the turn of the year, he has simply been our most consistent player. Consistently brilliant.
Today was no different, tackles and interceptions all over SJP, covering every blade of grass. His superb tackle that led to the first goal changed the feel of the game. Magnificent.
Ki 5 – Disappointing for me, and I remain a big fan of his, but he wasn’t at the races today.
The team seem to have to work harder off the ball when he plays and struggled towards the end.
He didn’t have his best game with the ball either, giving away a few sloppy passes. One nice moment in the first half when he released Ritchie down the wing.
Almiron 6 – Lively again without the quality at the end, but a wholehearted performance full of running.
Probably deserved at least an assist if not a goal. Hope the injury is not serious.
Perez 9 – Once again Ayoze is stunning premier league defences and critics who feel he is out of his depth.
For a man widely criticised at the start of the season, he deserves huge credit for some outstanding performances.
Today was all about the finishing of course, but also some of those dribbles involving him holding off multiple defenders, were a joy to watch. Could easily be a 10.
Rondon 7 – A physical presence as ever and some intelligent hold-up play which relieved the pressure towards the end.
He gave the centre-halves a torrid time with his closing down and didn’t allow Southampton to settle into their desired tempo. An excellent days work.
Fernandez – 6
Diame – 6
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Southampton 1
Perez 27, 31, 86
Possession was Southampton 57% Newcastle 43%
Total shots were Southampton 15 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Southampton 3 Newcastle 6
Corners were Southampton 11 Newcastle 4
Referee: Anthony Taylor
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar (Fernandez 69), Dummett, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 78), Ki, Almiron (Atsu 64), Perez, Rondon
Darlow, Shelvey, Muto, Yedlin
Crowd: 52,191 (1,700 Southampton)
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