Player ratings as nine-man Magpies hang on for vital win
Newcastle recorded their first home win in nearly two months with a 3-2 victory over Southampton on Saturday, won at the end with just nine men after Jeff Hendrick’s expulsion and the late injury to Fabian Schar.
A frantic start saw both teams threaten to open the scoring early, but it was the home side that ultimately took the lead thanks to debutant Joe Willock, with the Arsenal lender arriving late in the box before producing a neat finish to get home Allan Saint. -Maximin’s retreat.
Steve Bruce’s side doubled their lead midway through the first half when Jan Bednarek capped a week of hell football as he inadvertently deflected Miguel Almiron’s shot past Alex McCarthy, though the Takumi Minamino’s fine finish halved the deficit a few minutes later.
Southampton started to become the game after Minamino’s goal, although they shot each other in the foot at half-time, with McCarthy’s sloppy distribution giving Almiron a late chance – a chance he sent with style.
With Newcastle in charge, the game seemed to have taken a dramatic turn shortly after halftime. First, James Ward-Prowse’s superb free-kick once again reduced Newcastle’s lead to one, before Hendrick was fired after receiving a second yellow card for pulling Minamino’s shirt.
The Saints threw everything they had at Newcastle – the home side ending the game with nine men after Schar limped after Bruce used all three substitutes – although Danny Ings’ effort crashing from the post was as close as possible.
And breathe. This is the highlight of the game, now on those player ratings.
Karl Darlow (GK) – 5/10 – Caught at his near post for Minamino’s goal, although in all fairness it was a great strike. Made a few solid saves but looked fragile coming off his line.
Javier Manquillo (RB) – 6/10 – Newcastle need Manquillo to produce consistently strong performances with DeAndre Yedlin gone, but it’s hard to do that when you limp after 24 minutes.
Fabian Schar (CB) – 6/10 – Struggled to cope with the saints’ movement forward but kept throwing themselves and won everything in the air.
Isaac Hayden (CB) – 7/10 – Once again asked to be a substitute at the back for the Magpies amid their defensive crisis. Used his midfield to advance and distribute to teammates. Looked solid everywhere.
Jamal Lewis (LWB) – 7/10 – It was a big part of Newcastle’s attempts to play higher up the pitch. Endured the attack well and showed great energy to be able to fulfill his defensive functions.
Jonjo Shelvey (CM) – 7/10 – Did a great job of keeping things running in midfield and looked to push his team higher up the pitch whenever the opportunity presented itself.
Joe Willock (CM) – 8/10 – Superb debut for the man on loan from Arsenal. Adding energy and dynamism to the Newcastle midfielder and caught himself a goal after arriving late in the box as he looked to help the attack.
Jeff Hendrick (CM) – 5/10 – Industrious performance which was marred by receiving an unnecessary second yellow card at the start of the second half.
Allan Saint-Maximin (RW) – 7/10 – How Newcastle missed this man. He has constantly sought to shake things up and has not allowed the Southampton defense to take hold.
Callum Wilson (ST) – 6/10 – Used his pace wisely as he stretched the Saints back line, but he got injured before half-time.
Miguel Almiron (LW) – 8/10 – Continued his fine form over the past few weeks. Did not stop working for the team and seized his chance with flying colors. Has been the subject of criticism this season, but has rebounded brilliantly.
Emil Krafth (RB) – 6/10 – Brought in earlier than expected and was on display occasionally in the first half. Resolutely defended after the break.
Joelinton (RW) – 5/10
Paul Dummett (CB) – 6/10
Alex McCarthy (GK) – 4/10 – Just after conceding nine in midweek, the Saints goalkeeper had a horror show, with his poor pass giving Newcastle their third in the afternoon.
Jack Stephens (RB) – 5/10 – Lost possession several times and was terrorized by Wilson’s move early on,
Jan Bednarek (CB) – 3/10 – If you were to write the worst possible week a professional footballer could endure, it would be this man’s week. He inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net for Newcastle’s second.
Jannik Vestergaard (CB) – 5/10 – He didn’t look as confident as he sometimes has this season – although that is to be expected after seven games. Distributed the ball well, but still slightly out of step with the pace of the match.
Ryan Bertrand (LB) – 6/10 – A constant outlet on the left of Southampton. A display full of energy but struggled to produce in the final third.
Nathan Redmond (RM) – 6/10 – Given his chance to claim a title in the Saints’ starting XI. He looked sharp every time he was in possession but he was missing that last ball. Given a long run in the team, he could flourish.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) – 6/10 – Vintage free kick from midfielder. Has struggled to influence the game outside of his magnificent strike, but we can’t mark him after a magic moment like that.
Oriol Romeu (CM) – 5/10 – He looked rusty on his second Premier League outing of the calendar year. Recycled possession fine, but not the compelling display we’ve grown used to.
Takumi Minamino (LM) – 7/10 – Very impressive start from the Liverpool man. Took his goal superbly and showed a willingness to take the ball and shake things up.
Danny Ings (ST) – 5/10 – You hit the post in the second half when you would have put your mortgage on him to find the back of the net. I continued to work on Newcastle’s back line but it just wasn’t his day.
Che Adams (ST) – 5/10 – Much the same as his punching partner. A goal scored for offside, but otherwise Newcastle’s defense hasn’t changed much.
Dan N’Lundulu (ST) – 6/10