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Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players

8 months ago
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We asked Eddie James to give us his match ratings after Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0.

Chelsea completely dominating the opening 45 minutes and Newcastle lucky to be only 2-0 down.

Thomas Tuchel and his side easing off after the break and Newcastle United having at least a bit more of the play and a couple of chances, though Chelsea still the better team despite playing now in first gear.

As for how the Newcastle United side as individuals performed, Eddie James gives us his NUFC player ratings and comments.

Darlow – 6

A typical game for Karl Darlow, made some saves and did ok generally, but let in his now usual couple of goals.

Would Martin Dubravka have done, do, better?

I think Darlow was a bit weak with the first goal and could have maybe done better than simply pushing the ball out for an easy Giroud finish, failing to properly deal with Werner’s low cross.

Krafth – 2

Worst player on the pitch by a distance.

Sadly, nowhere near Premier League level and when playing as a right-back his lack of pace, as well as ability, is badly exposed.

Not helped by Steve Bruce’s tactics but then you could say that about plenty of our players.

Though the full-back positions particularly exposed.

Lascelles – 4

Made that excellent recovery tackle on Tammy Abraham but not great otherwise.

His leadership qualities on the pitch are difficult to see these days.

Whilst we have gone from seventh best defensive record in both of Rafa’s Premier League seasons, to seventh worst in 2019/20 and now only three clubs have conceded more so far this season than Steve Bruce and Jamaal Lascelles’ side.

Clark – 5

Not great but kept at it.

Unlike Lascelles, comfortable on the ball and at least helped Newcastle to play it from the back a little bit.

If fit, I would put Fernandez alongside Clark at Old Trafford but doubt Steve Bruce will be prepared to drop the captain.

Lewis – 5

As I said above, left exposed by Steve Bruce’s tactics.

Also, Allan Saint-Maximin didn’t give him the best of help either.

Lewis looks like a bit of footballer but I have my doubts about his ability to defend.

Hayden – 5

Did little / nothing to stop Chelsea’s complete first-half dominance, as they controlled play and scored the goals that set them up for an easy win.

The sight of Isaac Hayden half-heartedly trying to stop Werner in the lead up to the first goal was disappointing.

Hayden may be the best of a poor to average set of midfielders Newcastle have on their books but in truth, he contributes absolutely nothing going forward, so when his defensive play isn’t that great, he struggles.

Shelvey – 4

Steve Bruce’s main man totally overwhelmed by the quality and especially the mobility of the opposition.

He has it easy at Newcastle United and rarely, if ever, appears to give 100%.

Last night the latest example, has to put the graft in as a bare minimum but didn’t at Stamford Bridge.

Willock – 6

One of the few positives that once again the Arsenal loan midfielder got in the box a decent number of times.

Did really well to rise above the Chelsea defence with a confident running leap and Kepa did well to turn his header away.

Wasn’t in the game enough and difficult to tell at times exactly where he was supposed to be playing.

Not a great performance but more than enough to make him Newcastle’s best midfielder and quite possible best player on the night.

Almiron – 5.5

One of those games where you really feel for the Paraguayan.

Sprinting around and trying to pressure when he hasn’t got the ball, then when he gets it on rare occasions, Almiron keen to run with the ball and try to make something happen.

However, in both instances let down by a lack of running and workrate from others.

Miggy is a team player and generally needs others to be contributing if he is to influence a match, so Monday night wasn’t great for him.

Saint-Maximin – 6

The biggest danger for Chelsea and the only spark in the first-half for sure.

Looked up for it and made a few good runs but like a lot of what we saw early season, once Chelsea got the lead and he realised that help from teammates was going to be minimal, he quickly lost much of his spark. Only really against Burnley did we see him hit the heights early this season but his display against Southampton raised hopes that he was going to come back strong into the starting eleven for the remainder of the season.

Last season little appeared to get ASM down, no matter how negative the tactics and just how much he was expected to do without help.

This season he looks to be finding it tougher to keep that enthusiasm going when matches are clearly not going Newcastle’s way. A key player and one who needs looked after. Maybe best to leave him out at Old Trafford so his confidence / enthusiasm isn’t further dented ahead of hopefully more winnable games.

Gayle – 4.5

Difficult to gauge when so starved of service.

Callum Wilson has been playing across the frontline and is very adaptable. Gayle though needs to be in the middle and playing on the last man, not stuck wide.

Then when a substitution was made. rather than giving Gayle some help up front with say Carroll alongside him, instead he (Gayle) is replaced by Joelinton.

Subs:

Joelinton – 5

A bit of a typical Joelinton cameo.

One that sums up his overall Newcastle United career to date.

In non-threatening positions towards the halfway line etc, he shows plenty of strength and determination to keep possession.

However, shows zero determination to be any threat whatsoever to the opposition goal. Difficult to imagine a worse £40m signing.

Fraser – 5.5

Yet again after this match, Steve Bruce making excuses, one of them that he hasn’t been able to field Fraser and ASM together until now.

Yet, last night he replaces Saint-Maximin with the Scottish international…

Fraser looks to have at least a certain level of ability in terms of delivery into the box.

However, the question is whether he can stay fit and then if he does, whether Newcastle can give him a platform to get forward and try to create.

Carroll – 3

A waste of time.

An irrational fear for so many fans of other clubs that Carroll will score against them, when in reality he only has one Premier League goal in over 34 months.

Chelsea dealt with Carroll easily and his total lack of mobility is a massive negative, both when defending and especially when going forward.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Monday 15 February 8pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Chelsea:

Giroud 31, Werner 39

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was Chelsea 66% (68%) Newcastle 34% (32%)

Total shots were Chelsea 18 (12) Newcastle 10 (2)

Shots on target were Chelsea 5 (3) Newcastle 4 (0)

Corners were Chelsea 10 (7) Newcastle 5 (2)

Referee: Peter Bankes

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Willock (Carroll 79), Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Fraser 72), Almiron, Gayle (Joelinton 64)

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Dummett, Matty Longstaff, Ritchie, Murphy, Sean Longstaff

Crowd: 00,000

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