Newcastle United welcomed Chelsea at St. James’ Park earlier today as they looked to earn a victory in front of their home fans in the Premier League. The Magpies made a bright start to the game but were held to a scoreless draw at half-time.
The Tyneside outfit began the second half well and got their noses ahead in the 67th minute when Joe Willock found the back of the net with a sublime strike. The contest ended with Newcastle hanging on to secure a brilliant 1-0 win at home.
Let’s take a look at how each Newcastle United player fared during the match against the Blues.
GK: Nick Pope – 7/10
The English keeper made a couple of decent saves at the back and earned an important clean sheet this evening.
RB: Kieran Trippier – 7.5/10
Trippier was a solid presence on the defensive end of the field and created a couple of inviting chances in the final third.
CB: Fabian Schar – 7/10
He cleared the danger when required and was a threat at the other end of the pitch as well.
CB: Sven Botman – 7/10
Botman earned the ball back twice and did enough to keep the Chelsea attackers frustrated.
LB: Dan Burn – 7/10
He made two important interceptions during the game but struggled to influence the game in the final third.
CM: Sean Longstaff – 6/10
Longstaff worked hard for his side but struggled to get a foothold in the game.
CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 6.5/10
The Brazilian sensation performed his defensive duties well but lacked quality in the Chelsea half.
CM: Joe Willock – 8/10
Willock did his fair share of defending and scored the only goal of the game with an excellent finish.
RW: Miguel Almiron – 7/10
He had a few bright moments in the game and picked up an assist for setting up Willock’s goal.
ST: Chris Wood – 6.5/10
Wood struggled to get into the flow of the game but managed to impress at times during the game.
LW: Joelinton – 7/10
He produced a tireless shift at both ends of the field and filled in as a central midfielder towards the latter stages of the contest.
ST: Callum Wilson – 7/10
The English striker was a threat in the final third.
RW: Jacob Murphy – N/A
He hardly had any time to influence the game.
LB: Matt Targett – N/A
Targett was accurate with his passing.