‘Seriously unlucky’ - Newcastle United player ratings from Manchester City defeat
Newcastle United suffered a 4-0 defeat to Premier League champions Manchester City. Here, our writer Jordan Cronin dishes out his Magpies player ratings:
Martin Dubravka - 5
A shaky start from the Slovakian put him at fault for Man City’s opener. Looked more like his usual self afterwards, denying Jesus from point-blank range.
Jacob Murphy - 5
Completely sold by Jesus for City’s fourth, which Sterling tapped home from inside the six-yard box.
Jamaal Lascelles - 5
Played Mahrez onside for his goal after a VAR review.
Ciaran Clark - 5
Was involved in the miscommunication between him and Dubravka for the opening goal. Did the defender hear a call from Dubravka?
Matt Ritchie - 5
Was up and down in the first-half but after the break, City targetted the left-side and Ritchie was left helpless at times.
Isaac Hayden - 5
Retained his place to add defensive steel in the midfield but was withdrawn by the hour-mark.
Joe Willock - 6
Withdrawn at half-time. Was better in possession in his deeper midfield role.
Joelinton - 7
Again deployed midfield. Again impressed, despite the scoreline. Wasn’t afraid to get at the City defence, often got the better of Rodrigo.
Miguel Almiron - 5
Nothing new about Almiron’s performance. Full of heart, desire and energy but lacking in quality.
Ryan Fraser - 7
Seriously unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when wiped out by Ederson. Another baffling referee/VAR call to go against his side this week.
Callum Wilson - 6
Another afternoon of feeding off scraps for Wilson, whose only clearcut chance came inside the last 10 minutes when superby denied by Ederson.
SUB: Allan Saint-Maximin - 6
Introduced at half-time. Decision-making in the final third was disappointing. Seen a late shot rise over Ederson’s crossbar.
SUB: Sean Longstaff (on for Hayden, 60) - 5
Longstaff often struggles to impact games from the bench, and today was no different.
SUB: Jeff Hendrick (on for Almiron, 80) - N/A
A late sub - his first appearance under Eddie Howe.