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Norwich 3 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players

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We asked Joe Dixon to give us his match ratings after Norwich 3 Newcastle 1.

A nightmare journey to the game thanks to chaos with the trains.

Jack Lacey-Hatton gives us his NUFC player ratings and comments as things got no better once he made it to Carrow Road…

Dubravka – 8

Single-handedly prevented this from being a humiliation.

Kept it to one at half-time with a succession of saves, no real chance with Pukki’s volley but did almost pull off a miraculous save.

A similar story in the second-half and left totally exposed for the other two goals that made up the striker’s hat-trick.

Krafth – 2

A very poor decision from Steve Bruce, amongst the many.

Manquillo was decent at the end of last season and kept that going through pre-season and did ok against Arsenal. Daft to throw in the Swede after only a week at the club, when no pressing need.

Krafth had a shocker and was at fault for the second and third goals, a tough and unnecessary introduction to this NUFC circus.

Dummett – 3

So often Mr reliable he played his part in some abysmal defending.

Norwich repeatedly playing through and getting in behind Newcastle’s defence.

The defence looked unrecognisable from what we have seen these past couple of seasons.

Lascelles – 3

Another who had a shocker.

Doubly so for Lascelles, as he has his captain’s hat as well as his own personal performance.

Failed on both fronts, as Pukki and co dominated with the captain totally failing to rally his troops. Indeed, the most worrying aspect of Saturday was the body language of the players, even the first half it didn’t look great and once we were two down, the team just seemed to accept the inevitable.

Schar – 3

Last season’s player of the year for many fans but maybe one of the ones now most suffering after Rafa’s departure and Bruce’s arrival.

The head coach going with a very defensive formation as the midfield were standing on the toes of the back five.

Fabian Schar has to hold his hands up for his part in the defensive mess yesterday and had no chance to impress either heading up the pitch, seeing so little of the ball and when he did, zero options in front of him when trying to play the ball out.

Ritchie – 4

His deep cross reached Krafth for that first half chance which the swede blazed over.

Difficult to tell whether Ritchie meant it or it was simply overhit but we will give him the benefit of the doubt.

Worked hard up to a point but was poor going forward and back, I spoke to a lot of fans on the way back who wanted to talk about Ritchie’s comments on Ashley and Bruce, how great everything supposedly is after Rafa’s departure….

Shelvey – 4

An extra mark for his goal in the final seconds which he finished really well.

However, gave his strikers no help at all, a yawning gap back to the midfield on the odd time Newcastle did threaten to do something.

We all know he can pass the ball better than pretty much everybody but some serious weaknesses in his game, mobility and workrate are seriously poor on days like this.

Hayden – 5

Best of a bad bunch in terms of the outfield players that kicked off the match.

A superb cross for Joelinton when the Brazilian missed the simplest of headed chances, the goal gaping.

Put his foot in and was better than Ki and Shelvey certainly, which wasn’t saying much.

Ki – 3

Totally anonymous.

I have to confess that I forgot he was playing most of the match.

Certainly Steve Bruce’s tactics/formation don’t appear to be working with the central midfielders, especially giving absolutely no help to the forwards.

Almiron – 4

I have seen the MOTD day highlights and I see Alan Shearer picked the Paraguayan out for particular criticism.

However, whilst I agree he had minimal impact on the game, it wasn’t for the want of trying.

A clueless head coach and no plan to support the two up front, Almiron must now be thinking it was all just a dream when he arrived and played in that disciplined Rafa side, with an impressive front three alongside Perez and Rondon,, promising much for this season…

Joelinton – 2

Four years ago we saw what could happen when inexperienced young overseas players were brought in with a clueless head coach who had no part in which signings were made.

The supposed £40m price tag was always going to be difficult to live up to but on this performance it is difficult to see any positives. Joelinton looking a victim (if a highly paid player can ever be such a thing…) of the Ashley and Bruce circus, a 22 year old thrown in the deep end.

Struggled to win balls in the air, his control was poor and missed the one sitter that came his way. Hopefully his injury isn’t too bad but it was a worry to see how keen he appeared to be to come off the pitch, some time before he actually did.

Subs

Muto – 2

The thought of having Muto as our centre-forward at Tottenham next Sunday isn’t a good one.

Like all but one or two moments last season, the Japanese striker offered nothing against Norwich.

Longstaff – 6

The young Geordie’s introduction belatedly gave Newcastle something in midfield.

Played a lovely ball into Shelvey for the consolation goal at the end

Stats from BBC Sport:

Norwich 3 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 17 August 3pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Shelvey 90+3

Norwich:

Pukki 32, 63, 75

Possession was Norwich 63% Newcastle 37%

Total shots were Norwich 15 Newcastle 10

Shots on target were Norwich 8 Newcastle 3

Corners were Norwich 7 Newcastle 5

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle team v Norwich:

Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles, Dummett,  Hayden, Ki (Longstaff 74), Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, Joelinton (Muto 67)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Clark, Fernandez, Manquillo, Willems

Crowd: 27,059  (2,000 NUFC)

(Watch official match highlights HERE)

(Steve Bruce comments after match are more worrying than the scoreline – Read HERE)

(Daniel Farke says ‘Only one team in it’ – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Norwich 3 Newcastle 1 – Read HERE)

(Norwich 3 Newcastle 1 – Make no mistake this was shambolic and major problems ahead – Read HERE)

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