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Brilliant Atsu – The Best And The Worst Rated Newcastle Players From The 3-2 Win vs West Ham

Final Score: West Ham United 2-3 Newcastle United

Newcastle United registered their first win in the league since the 21st of October by beating an in-form West Ham team 3-2. A much-needed victory finally came for the Magpies, that too, away from home. Goals from Henri Saivet, Mohamed Diame and Christian Atsu helped the cause after keeper Rob Elliott saved a penalty at the other end to keep his side alive in the game.

At halfway stage of the season, Rafa’s men have given themselves a slightly better Christmas present as they avoid the bottom three and sit at 15th place, not too far away from 18th placed Bournemouth. Next up for the Magpies, it’s Manchester City on the 28th of December.

Newcastle United Player Ratings

Rob Elliott: 7.5/10

Not very clean with his collection or positioning but came up with all the answers during the big moment, when the team needed him most. Rob Made a spectacular penalty save that helped his side move towards victory.

DeAndre Yedlin: 7/10

He was a real threat going forward, especially when he played those one-twos with Ritchie. He got away from his man, hugged the touchline and delivered with ease. The final ball was not the most accurate though.

Jamaal Lascelles: 8.5/10

Whenever he plays well, so does Newcastle. He was safe as a house, avoided any fuss in the 18 yard box, organised his defence well in set pieces and led the team from the front. Captain to the rescue, defensively.

Ciaran Clark: 6/10

He made a number of clearances and won aerial battles, but being a reputed and experienced centre-back, how can one allow Arnautovic to dribble past him so easily? The way he defended was like wingers defending when they come back to be the extra man at the back.

Javier Manquillo: 8/10

He put in some early crosses and played the ball off the ground often, to good use. Defensively, he stood back, marked his man and stuck to him, doing brilliantly well.

Matt Ritchie: 8.5/10

Highly influential with his passing into the box. He was creative, combined well with a couple of players and created a bagful of chances. He could have scored a beauty if not for the post. Unlucky one.

Henri Saivet: 8/10

He won possession back for Newcastle and read the passes in midfield well. Silently went about his business.

Mohamed Diame: 8.5/10

Diame broke the play, used his strength to good effect to shrug off players and feed wingers earlier than usual. He scored a fine goal, and a very important one for his side that.

Christian Atsu: 9/10

He was on the front foot from the beginning. Down the left, Atsu provided a lot of flexibility, dribbled past players and showed a positive attitude, something that his side are lacking due to confidence issues. A goal to complement his efforts too and was a real pain for the Hammers’ defence.

Dwight Gayle: 5/10

Missed a no-brainer. He bought time for the opposition by holding the ball.

Joselu: 7/10

An inconsistent outing for him. On one side, he won the ball whenever it was in the air and provided an assist too but with the ball on his feet, he almost gave it away every time.


Ayoze Perez: 6/10

He barely had a decisive touch that contributed when going forward but after they got all bodies back to defend, he did a fine job supporting the defensive midfielders.

Chancel Mbemba: N/A

Played just over 7 minutes and hence cannot be judged or rated.

Jacob Murphy: N/A

Came off the bench just to waste time.