Newcastle United player ratings vs Cardiff City: Who impressed and who didn’t?
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- 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 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- 6/10
Perez made some good openings and always kept the Cardiff defenders on their toes.
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.