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Newcastle United Player Ratings In Nervous Victory Over Stoke City: 7’s And 8’s All Around

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Yash Shah
A skeptical mystic who likes to channel his inner loneliness into drumming and dissection of football games. Dreams of watching Tottenham play at the new White Hart Lane. Has spent a majority of the last two years on foul-mouthing Moussa Sissoko and worrying about his receding hairline.

Newcastle United managed a 2-1 victory over Stoke City at the St. James’ Park after they held on to a slim one-goal lead until the final whistle. Newcastle went ahead in the 19th minute in a very dominant first-half performance.

Stoke managed to level the proceedings through a wonderful long-range effort from Xherdan Shaqiri after which Newcastle center-back put them in the lead again scoring a really good header from a Matt Ritchie corner. There was a perceptible change in offensive gear for Stoke towards the end of the second half but had nothing to show for it. Below are Newcastle United player ratings:

Robert Elliot:

Rating: 7.5

Elliot had little to do in the first half but made a vital save in the second half. He maintained a really good composure towards the end of the game.

DeAndre Yedlin:

Rating: 7

DeAndre Yedlin had a decent game and had a really good contest with Ramadan Sabhi towards the end.

Ciaran Clark:

Rating: 7.5

Clark did really well to withstand Stoke’s offensive pressure and made some vital tackles and clearances.

Jamaal Lascelles:

Rating: 8

Not only did he have a good game defensively but also came up with the all important goal with a great header in the 68th minute.

Chancel Mbemba:

Rating: 8

Chancel Mbemba did really well to remain offensively influential while being defensively solid.

Isaac Hayden:

Rating: 7

Hayden had an average game and could have closed down Shaqiri for his goal.

Mikel Merino:

Rating: 7

Merino too had an average game as he made a few mistakes by losing possession in dangerous positions.

Christian Atsu:

Rating: 8.5

Atsu was excellent throughout the game as he made several marauding run forward through the left and centre and maintained the ball upfield.

Ayoze Perez:

Rating: 7.5

Perez did really well to pressurize Stoke City defenders into making errors and showed a really good work-rate.

Matt Ritchie:

Rating: 8

Ritchie had an excellent game, providing two assists with two really good crosses.

Joselu:

Rating: 7

Joselu had a good game but didn’t have anything to show for in terms of a goal.

Substitutes:

Jonjo Shelvey:

Rating: 7

Shelvey tried two long-range efforts after coming one of which was blocked in time while the other flew way over the cross-bar.

Dwight Gayle:

Rating: 7

Gayle injected some energy into the game, chased lost causes and made it hard for Stoke defenders to have time on the ball.

Mohamed Diame:

Rating: N/A

Diame played too little to warrant a rating.

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