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Willock Gets 8, Targett With 7 | Newcastle United Players Rated In Hard-Fought Draw Vs West Ham

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Newcastle United locked horns with West Ham United at the London Stadium earlier today as they focused on grinding out a good result on their travels. The Magpies made a slow start to the game and conceded the opening goal in the 32nd minute when Craig Dawson scored with a powerful header for West Ham. However, Joe Willock equalised for the Magpies in the first half injury-time to make it 1-1 at half-time.

Both sides canceled each other out in the second 45 minutes as the contest finished with a 1-1 scoreline at East London.

Let’s take a look at how each Newcastle player performed during the clash against the Hammers.

GK: Martin Dubravka – 6/10

He made a couple of important saves at the back but won’t be pleased after shipping in a goal in the first half.

RB: Emil Krafth – 6/10

Krafth made two important clearances but failed to influence the game in the final third.

CB: Fabian Schar – 6.5/10

He made two crucial defensive contributions and was a threat at the other end of the field as well.

CB: Dan Burn – 7/10

Burn cleared the danger when needed and was a solid presence on the defensive third of the pitch.

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Newcastle United’s Scottish midfielder Ryan Fraser heads the ball during the English Premier League football match between West Ham and Newcastle United at the London Stadium, in London on February 19, 2022. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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LB: Matt Targett – 7/10

The English left-back performed his defensive duties well and made a few inviting chances for others around him.

CM: Joe Willock – 8/10

Willock offered decent protection for his teammates at the back and was a constant menace in the opponent’s half. He scored late in the first half which rescued a point for his team.

CM: Jonjo Shelvey – 6.5/10

He won the ball back a few times but lacked the cutting edge in the final third.

CM: Joelinton – 6.5/10

Joelinton worked hard at both ends of the field and even engineered a couple of meaningful chances up top.

RW: Ryan Fraser – 6/10

The Scottish sensation struggled to get into the flow of the game and got replaced in the 78th minute.

ST: Chris Wood – 6.5/10

Wood fashioned a couple of decent chances for his teammates but never got a sniff at goal.

LW: Jacob Murphy – 6.5/10

He had a few lively moments in the game but there was no goal for him today.


RW: Miguel Almiron – 6/10

He added some energy to the Newcastle attack.

CM: Bruno Guimaraes – N/A

Guimaraes didn’t get enough minutes to warrant a rating.

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