Eddie Howe starts his Newcaslte United tenure (well, technically) with an entertaining 3-3 draw against Brentford. While the Englishman couldn’t be at the dugout due to COVID, the signs of positive changes were visible.
However, their story defensively still stays the same as the Toons still search for their first win of the season. As for Brentford, they finally put a stop to their bad patch with goals from Ivan Toney, Rico Henry and Lascelles(own goal).
The player Ratings, as follows –
Karl Darlow – 4/10 The Englishman made a poor attempt to keep out the first goal from brentford. With Martin Dubravka lurking for the spot, not quite the start Karl Darlow would have been looking for under Eddie Howe.
Fabian Schar – 6/10Eddie Howe wouldn’t be disappointed by bringing back Schar into the starting eleven. The Swiss international made a goal line block in the first half to deny Ivan Toney.
Jamaal Lascelles – 6/10Scored the opening goal in the Eddie Howe. Made 5 clearances and 2 interceptions. Unfortunately, he’d end his night with an own goal to his name.
Ciaran Clark – 6/10Deployed as a left centre-back, Clark did a decent job. With 3/3 aerial duels won and 2/3 ground duels won, he would be content with his performance.
Jacob Murphy – 5/10A quiet first half from Jacob Murphy. However, the wing back came lively in the second-half. Played some tempting crosses throughout the game.
Joe Willock – 5/10Average performance from Joe Williock. The Former Arsenal man struggled to find his footing in the first-half. He linked up nicely with the two full-backs in the second half.
Jonjo Shelvey – 8/10Jonjo Shelvey was one of the best players on the pitch. The midfielder anchored the midfield on and off the ball for Newcaslte. Played some beautiful pings across the park while sweeping things up at the back.
Matt Ritchie – 6/10Ritchie had a similar game to Jacob Murphy. Found it difficult in the first-half, however came back firing in the second half.
Joelinton – 6/10Early days, but Joelinton finally looked with the money Newcastle paid for him. While the Brazilian should be happy to be on the scoresheet, he missed a glorious chance to make it 4-3 in the latter stages of the second half.
Callum Wilson – 6/10A goal was only missing from this Callum Wilson Performance. Ran the channels well, held up the ball well but forgot to bring his shooting boots.
Allan Saint-Maximin – 8/10Man of the Match contender along with Shelvey. Threatening throughout the 90 minutes. Scored a goal, nearly made an amazing assist for Joelinton.
Ryan Fraser – 7/10Ryan Fraser showed that he could be the main man in the Eddie Howe era. Made a beautiful assist for Saint-Maximin minutes after coming on.
Shawn Longstaff – N/A
Alvaro Fernandez – 6/10Three goals conceded, however Alvaro Fernandez could have done very little in all those goals. One of his better performances in absence of Raya.
Mads Rasmussen – 6/10Rasmussen was given the tough task of containing Saint-Maximin. Did well in the first-half, however the Newcastle starlet certainly got the better of him in the second-half.
Pontus Jansson – 6/10Not one of Pontus Jansson’s best games. The defender found himself all over the place, however was decent on the ball.
Ethan Pinnock – 7/10Another solid performance from Ethan Pinnock. While the 3 goals look bad for the Brentford defence, Pinnock was the best of the bunch.
Sergi Canos – 7/10A top-class performance from Sergi Canos. The Spaniard got 2 assists to his name. Impressive on the ball display.
Vitaly janelt – 5/10Another average performance from Vitaly Janelt. On numerous occasions Jonjo Shelvey got the better of him in the middle of the park.
Christian Norgaard – 5/10Like Janelt the game flew past him on many occasions. Positionally all over the place. better performance on the ball.
Rico Henry – 7/10Found it quite difficult to get forward in the opening exchanges. However, pounced on the one opportunity Newcastle handed to him.
Bryan Mbeumo – 7/10Toney will certainly get all the applause, however Mbeumo played a big part in that. As always, linked up well with his strike partner.Ivan Toney – 8/10 One to remember for Ivan Toney. The Striker returned to the scoreboard. However, this performance had everything from goals, running channels and a crucial goal line clearance.
Saman Ghoddos – 5/10 A standard five for Saman Ghoddos. The Iranian international failed to continue his recent hot form. His night ended with 0 attempts on and off target.
Frank Onyeka – 6/10Apart from getting lucky for his own goal, Onyenka did not have much of an impact.
Charlie Goode – N/A
Shandon Baptiste – N/A