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Brilliant Shelvey, poor Hayden – The best and the worst-rated Newcastle United players vs Cardiff City

Newcastle United player ratings vs Cardiff City: Who impressed and who didn’t?

Kenedy missed a stoppage-time penalty as Cardiff City secured a 0-0 draw against 10-man Newcastle United in their first home game back in the Premier League.

Isaac Hayden saw red for the visitors in the second half, but Cardiff could not find a way past an organized Newcastle side at Cardiff City Stadium and had to be content with a point.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was forced into a string of first-half saves and then saved a heroic penalty to ensure the Bluebirds opened their account in the Premier League.

Newcastle United player ratings

Martin Dubravka- 6/10

Stayed cool as a cucumber and was rarely troubled by the hosts’ attackers.

Javier Manquillo- 5/10

A poor outing for Manquillo as the Spaniard offered very little going forward and was defensively uninspiring.

Jamaal Lascelles- 7/10

Some very assured defending in the first half and marshalled the back-line well, albeit up against the ineffective Kenneth Zohore for most of the game.

Ciaran Clark- 6/10

Solid as usual, Clark was aerially imposing and kept Zohore in check.

Paul Dummett- 6/10

Dummett worked really hard at left-back, although he didn’t offer much while going forward. However, he tracked his men well.

Matt Ritchie- 6/10

Worked diligently throughout the game and was harshly booked for a challenge in the first half.

Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey- 7/10

Shelvey maintained his composure throughout the game even after Newcastle went a man down. Maintained his quality and played some incisive through balls.

Mohamed Diame- 5/10

Although he made some great clearances, Diame was wasteful and got robbed off position a number of times by the Cardiff players. Luckily for the Senegalese and Newcastle, the hosts lacked the cutting edge.

Kenedy- 5/10

Kenedy couldn’t work his magic in the first half as he failed to complete a single pass. He looked better after the break though, showing his desire to want the ball. Had the chance to win the game through a penalty but hit straight at Etheridge. Furthermore, he could face a ban for a silly kick at Victor Camarasa.

Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez- 6/10

Perez made some good openings and always kept the Cardiff defenders on their toes.

Joselu- 5/10

Other than providing an aerial threat, Joselu didn’t offer much being the lone striker.


Isaac Hayden- 2/10

Deserved the red card after clattering into Josh Murphy. Very poor and indecisive from Hayden.

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Yoshinori Muto- 5/10

Came in at the 55th minute and showed great vigour. However, it was his attempted cross that touched Sean Morrison’s hand, leading to the penalty.

Jacob Murphy- 5/10

Didn’t do much in the attack but it was a pleasing sight to see the identical twins — Josh and Jacob — coming up against each other.

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