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Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players

4 weeks ago
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We asked Jack Lacey-Hatton to give us his match ratings after Newcastle 0 Brighton 0.

Newcastle improving to an extent in the later stages when Allan Saint-Maximin and Andy Carroll were introduced.

However, the opening 70+ minutes were dominated by the visitors.

Jack Lacey-Hatton gives us his NUFC player ratings and comments.

Dubravka – 7

A very solid outing from our Slovakian goalkeeper after his error at Anfield last week.

The save early doors from Maupay was crucial. The game could have gone very south without that moment. Distribution was fairly consistent.

Manquillo – 6

A really solid game from Javier, in a game he was tasked with a difficult role.

Constantly getting his tackles in and keeping composure on the ball in tight areas. Arguably deserves to keep his place ahead of Krath for next week.

Schar – 7

At times it looked not like his finest outing in a black and white shirt, until an outstanding, game-saving piece of defending that seemed to turn the course of the game.

Should have passed to Almiron after his brilliant forward run took him to the edge of the penalty area.

Lascelles – 6

Not bad and not great from the captain. He showed nice touch on the ball but occasionally was caught out by the lively Maupay.

Seems to be missing the Rafa defensive influence so far this season but today was better than last week.

Dummett – 5

A rare inconsistent performance from our local left back.

He had a torrid first half, at times not knowing whether to come or go.

His lack of pace was slightly exposed against Gross and Maupay and at times looked a little nervous.

Improved in the second half and made a crucial headed interception in the closing stages.

Willems – 6

Brought good energy down the left hand side and took up some reasonable positions in and around the Brighton box.

He does strike me as a wing-back more bothered about the attacking side of the game than his defensive duties, which might explain why Dummett appeared so exposed in the first half.

Hayden – 6

A nice tidy outing on the ball from Hayden, even if he wasn’t as authoritative in the midfield as he has been for much of 2019. Had to cover a lot of ground when next to the slightly immobile Shelvey.

Shelvey – 4

A disappointing performance from Jonjo who failed to keep the ball and look after the midfield.

Failed to drive the team forward in the second half.

Had one shot from distance that did test Ryan but then was immediately hauled off.

Atsu – 5

Another average performance from the Ghanaian winger.

At times he shows incredible touch and was able to commit Brighton players but failed to provide the end product to match.

Surprised he managed to stay on ahead of Almiron.

Almiron – 5

Only showed glimpses of his best but pace and movement did worry the Brighton backline.

One brilliant run in the second half created an opening but his shot was tame and Ryan saved easily.

Keep the faith, the assists and goals will come.

Joelinton – 6

Lively at times but never really looked like scoring.

Almost felt sorry for him continually having to battle for aerial duels against the Brighton centre backs, who dominated him for long periods.

He seemed to get better as the game went on, particularly once Carroll and ASM came on as substitutes.

Substitutes

Saint-Maximin – 8

Someone who only played the last 20 minutes should not be able to get such a high rating but he quite simply changed the game.

Ki Sung-yeung – 6

Carroll – 7

It may have only been a cameo but big AC immediately made life more difficult for the Brighton centre-backs.

His introduction was simply a great moment, for the fans as much as anyone.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Brighton 0 – Saturday 21  September 5.30pm

Goals:

 

Possession was Brighton 71% Newcastle 29%

Total shots were Brighton 16 Newcastle 11

Shots on target were Brighton 3 Newcastle 4

Corners were Brighton 3 Newcastle 5

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle team v Brighton:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar (Fernandez 80), Lascelles, Dummett, Willems (Carroll 82), Hayden, Shelvey (Ki 73), Atsu, Almiron (Saint-Maximin 73), Joelinton

Unused Subs

Darlow, Muto, Krafth, Fernandez

Crowd: 43,360 (Looked less than 40,000 actually inside SJP (1,500 Brighton))

(Brighton boss gutted his team didn’t win – Read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights HERE)

(Steve Bruce reacts to the performance and result – read HERE)

(Read instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)

You can follow the author on Twitter @JackLaceySport

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