Rob Elliott – 6

He was calm and composed under the pressure of West Ham’s set plays and the danger of Andy Carroll, but his kamikaze rush to clear the danger in the 8th minute almost provided Vaz Te with the critical goal, until Taylor cleared the danger. His double save in the second half from Nolan was good but he is still prone to errors. A steady, but not spectacular performance.

Danny Simpson – 7

He managed to keep Matt Jarvis out of the game in the first half and showed why he should be offered a new contract in the summer. He gave a stout defensive performance unlike Debuchy in the previous game and showed that he can threaten teams with his pace going forward.

Steven Taylor  – 7

He gave an assured performance at centre-half and his clearance from Vaz Te kept the scores level. However, his tendency to wear his heart on his sleeve can cause problems for Newcastle as his determination to win the ball sometimes overwhelms his presence of mind on the pitch.

Fabricio Coloccini – 7

Having been absent for 12 games he gave an impressive performance and managed to organise the Newcastle defence which has shipped too many soft goals recently. Apart from a rather clumsy challenge on Vaz Te which could have led to a penalty he showed just how vital he is to the Newcastle defence and his absence in recent games could yet prove to be the difference between relegation and safety.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – 5

Playing in an unfamiliar position at left-back was always going to be a challenge for Mbwia, but the best thing that could be said about his performance was that it was not noteworthy. He did concede possession a few times but these lapses did not lead to the opposition scoring so he really went under the radar. However, hopefully one of Newcastle’s regular left backs is available for the rest of the season so Mbwia will not have to play out of position again.

Hatem Ben Arfa – 6

He had some bright moves during the first half, but he tired quickly in the second half of the match. He was also wasteful with his free-kicks which did not unduly trouble Jaaskelainen. He needs to work hard in training to build up his fitness levels if he is to really fire Newcastle to safety.

Yohan Cabaye – 8

He really controlled the midfield and showed his class amongst a team with warriors such as Nolan who will hound the opposition for the ball.  His hard work and determination did not pay off today but he showed his desire to play well for Newcastle.

Cheick Tiote – 7

What a difference a week makes. Although there was the odd mistimed tackle his interceptions in midfield were successful on the whole and he showed his determination to win back possession for Newcastle. His forward play was much more promising than it has been in recent weeks and he showed some of the character that has made him a fan favourite at St James’ Park over the years.

Jonas Gutierrez – 6

Another frustrating performance from a player whose effort and work rate cannot be faulted but his lack of pace and power are frequently exposed at this level. His tendency to go down under little pressure from the opposition makes him a target for opposition fans and there is a real danger that one day he will not get the free-kick that he wants and the opposition will go on to take advantage of his absence in defence.

Yoan Gouffran – 7

His pace makes him a real threat when he is running at opposition defenders and he threatened to break the deadlock on more than one occasion today. Ultimately, however his touch let him down, although he was unlucky not to hit the target from a difficult angle.

Papiss Cisse – 6

He was unlucky to see his effort cleared off the line (or maybe from behind the line from Winston Reid). However, his persistent inability to remain onside when looking along the line continues to frustrate Newcastle supporters and overall he did not create many clear cut chances.


Dan Gosling (76 minutes for Gouffran)  – 5

Settled into the midfield fine, but did not have much of an opportunity to set the field alight with any real quality.

Shola Ameobi (65 minutes for Ben Arfa) – 6

His only real chance came with a drive which just passed the post but did not really fashion a clear opening for Newcastle.

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  1. brian aitkin

    what game did u watch ? i thought cabaye had an average game at best and mbiwa was one of our best performers .

  2. Peter

    I thought Tiote did some good things, as did Gouffran, Collo, even Simpson, but these and any other good thing done was a brief, individual cameo, there was no solid team linking play to build up to a shot on goal. On display again, was a season long example of what I mean, when you see just how very dreadful with corners NUFC have been. Is this squad really the seventh most expensive in England? (re

    How embarrassing?

  3. Warrenriley

    Who actually rates these players . Mbiwa had a solid game in my opinion and the analysis is unjustified.Cut the lad some slack.

  4. Ben

    this is one of the worst rating evaluations i've seen in a long time.


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