Apologise from Steve, no match report today due to family commitments for the Kings coronation, im sure we can all forgive him a game off !
Here instead are GC’s player rankings..
Ramsdale – 10th away cleansheet this season (a joint record), Newcastle did hit the post twice, but plenty of great saves.
Zinc – With Newcastle hugging the lines it wasnt the best idea to invert as much, did us a big favour when KT came on
Gabs – This man constantly handing out 8/10s another better than average game
Kiwior – Despite being left footed he played as the right CB and its ok to admit he proved people wrong yesterday.
White – Mr reliable both defending and attacking yet again.
Jorginho – What a Jan signing hes been, a very intelligent senior player who makes up for a lack of pace with an almost physic ability to read the game, well deserved MOTM.
Xhaka – Did some proper game slowing stuff, great sliding block Vs Wilcock and yet again the man I’d want next to me in the trenches.
Ode – 15th goal of the season and he bought much more, yet another game he led by pure example.
Martinelli – Does not stop running, some very useful defending too, yet again not scared to try a trick in the danger area and despite looking a bit greedy at times, i love that cocky self belief in a forward.
Jesus – Great team performance without really threatening to do what a 9 should be doing, scoring goals.
Saka – If ever a player has given his all in a season its him, but wasnt his day yesterday really, the lad looks shattered.
Arteta – Good call on the starting line up and quickly realising Newcastles game plan. 1st half we certainly could’ve scored 2 more minium with the quick ball thro the middle, only for good saves from Pope (newcastle motm). I’d of liked to have seen KT come on earlier for Zinc, other subs just freshing it up and winding the clock down.
Overal St James is becoming a hard place to visit(and i dont mean them blinking stairs), only lost twice at home all season and one of the loudest home supports. But not only did the team get in top the away support was top class, when Newcastle fans start rating us best away support this season thats high praise.
It was Kiwior who had me doing a double take.
His first few appearances were frankly awful. Then he did ok against a dreadful Chelsea but he was so good at Newcastle. He will not have faced that kind of over physical approach and crowd noise and yet he didn’t hide one second.
Get a RB and all of sudden we have great depth at CB. Saliba White Gabriel and Kiwior. Just what the doctor ordered
HMN; INABILITY TO DEAL RIGHTLY WITH “FELLOW CONTENDER MANCITY AT EITHER TWO DRAWS AND 2 OR 1 WIN” PLUS 3/3 SOUTHAMPTON DRAW; COULD COST US 1 SEASON CALENDER “IF” IT ENDED AS THIS; BUT WE HOPE A TACIT WIN AT END FOR 11 MONTH WORK:
AS TO NEXT SEASON: SOLID RIGHT CENTREBACK WITH SALIBA;SOLID CENTRE MIDFIELD;SOLID SHARP/SMART/CONSISTENT STRIKER PLUS JESUS; TO MAKE SOLID 19 FIRST TEAM AND 4 JOKERS/TEAM PLAYERS&MAQUINHOSBACK.
AS FOR ME:
NELSON, NKETIA, SAMBI ON LOAN; AND MAYBE PEPE/MARI/ELNENY; DUE TO TEAM HEALTH ON SALE; PLUS MAYBE 1 GOALIE!
AND IF I MAY PREDICT: PLAY PEP OR CITY LIKE YOU ARE “SMALL TEAM JUST HUNGERY FROM RELEGATION” TO PLAY BIG TEAM.