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TFI – Player Ratings vs Hull City – 01 Mar 14

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To come up with these figures we ask forum members to rate each player’s performance in the concerned game out of 10, which we then average out to get a rating representative of the fans’ views, we also collect a few user comments to summarise how the player did and show a few different viewpoints from the board. The top scoring player is man of the match; the lowest is mug of the match. This time 19 members cast their votes and shared their opinions.

After a late winner at home to Villa ended a run of 7.5 hours without a goal in the post-Cabaye era, Newcastle started confidently against a poor and shaky Hull City, taking the lead within 10 minutes after a low cross from Debuchy found Sissoko, resulting in his first goal in four months. We continued to threaten, but the lead was doubled courtesy of a feeble backpass being pounced upon by Rémy who swiftly rounded McGregor and put us two up going into the break.

Almost immediately after the restart Williamson fouled Long and the hosts converted from the free-kick as Krul failed to deal with the delivery and Davies applied the finish. Ten minutes into the half Sissoko would find the net again, putting away the rebound from a parried shot by Gouffran following a counter attack he started. The final goal came in injury time as the freshly introduced Gosling ran into the box and fell over, accidentally teeing up Dummett for a shot that McGregor palmed towards Anita for his first ever goal for the club.

Unfortunately, this performance would be overshadowed by a moment of idiocy by Pardew, who responded to being ran into by Meyler with the now infamous “head-push”, resulting in the media having a field day and the FA handing out a 7 match ban for our manager. This was reflected in our members ratings for Pardew pretty much running the entire range from 1 to 10, only a 5 rating being absent, averaging to a rating of 5.91.

The players’ ratings were a lot more positive, with the team averaging 7.35. Anita’s first goal for the club and a creative masterclass in midfield, despite being outnumbered and not Cabaye, earning him man of the match and an 8.66, while our lowest rated player was Dummett with a respectable 6.34.

Krul – 6.39 (Ratings ranged between 4 and 8)
“Excellent double save, but he is pathetic at clearing crosses and dealing with free kicks, which is why he never will be a top, top keeper.”
“That double save was spectacular. Bad mistake for the goal which brings down his score but the double save was more significant in terms of affecting the outcome of the match.”
“Brilliant double save and his quick throw out afterwards (something he doesn’t do enough) set up the first goal. Terrible keeping for Hull’s goal though.”

Debuchy – 7.34 (Ratings ranged between 6.5 and 8)
“Superb assist for the first goal and solid at the back.”
“Excellent. Gorgeous assist and could have scored himself, cracking player.”
“Looked good defensively, even better going forward. Unlucky not to score when De Jong couldn’t get out of the way of his shot.”

Williamson – 6.68 (Ratings ranged between 5.5 and 9)
“Long gave him a bit of hard time but he dealt with the majority of stuff that came his way.”
“Decent game. Made a few mistakes but generally did well.”
“Absolutely colossal at the back, a leader amongst men, he’s a god like figure.”

Yanga-Mbiwa – 6.95 (Ratings ranged between 6 and 9)
“Clearly a much better partner for Willo than Taylor. A bit suspect on crosses though, again should be grateful for some bad finishing.”
“Brilliant centre back, I’m happy with this pairing. Taylor should be a squad player at best.”
“Played well, more comfortable with Williamson than Taylor is.”

Dummett – 6.34 (Ratings ranged between 5 and 8)
“Good deliveries, defensively suspect at times.”
“Decent set pieces and got an assist for the fourth but still question marks over his defending. Still feel better with him on the pitch instead of Santon though.”
“Spent the first half hoofing the ball aimlessly and looked vulnerable at the back, came into the game a bit in the second half.”

Sissoko – 8.45 (Ratings ranged between 7.5 and 9)
“Great game. Best attacking player on the pitch, much better than he has been recently. Great with the ball, good runs without it, started and finished his 2nd goal. Great finish for his first”
“His first goal was a phenomenal finish, his second goal was taken well as well. Great all round display.”
“Took his goals well and was threatening throughout the match. Hi first finish in particular was Cabaye-esque.”

Anita – 8.66 (MOTM) (Ratings ranged between 7.5 and 10)
“I’m not always as enthusiastic about him as others, but epic today.”
“Didn’t put a foot wrong, best he’s ever played in a two man central midfield. Delighted that he got a goal.”
“Great performance. Actually had an impact on the game (which is normally my criticism of him) and was glad to see him get a goal as he seems like a decent guy.”

Tioté – 7.84 (Ratings ranged between 7 and 9)
“Some silly tackles initially but bossed it other than that. Him and Anita did very well considering they were outnumbered in the middle.”
“Exactly the role he needs to play away from home.”
“Solid. Did not deserve the yellow card. He bossed the midfield like he has done every time he gets the armband.”

Gouffran – 7.24 (Ratings ranged between 6.5 and 8)
“Wont make the headlines but his hard work provides a platform for the likes of Remy and Sissoko to get goals.”
“Very hard working display. He also looked a lot better in the final third.”
“Another good display and took his goal well. He should have had a penalty too.”

De Jong – 7.26 (Ratings ranged between 6 and 9)
“Good game. Works well with Remy which is great as it has been a long time since we had strikers that could play well together. Had a tough chance which he could have done better with but hopefully he’ll get his goal soon.”
“Has everything but the goals at the minute. His work rate, movement, link-up play etc. are all top class.”
“Good link up play, didn’t have time to react when ball was drilled at him.”

Rémy – 7.71 (Ratings ranged between 6.5 and 9)
“Took his goal well and his pace was a constant threat. Just needs to get his head up a bit more, he had two chances to play Sissoko in and blew them both.”
“Does his job, a little selfish but he is a goal scorer and that’s what they do.”
“Finding form again, was a threat and scored again.”

Gosling – N/A
“Good couple of minutes, but Hull had given up defending by that point. The least straight defensive line I’ve ever seen!”
“I know he only had a couple of minutes but he did his job and that deserves a mark.”
“Not worthy of a rating but still impressed.”

Pardew – 5.91 (Ratings ranged between 1 and 10)
“Good selection and tactics spoiled by his immaturity, but I’m not going to rate him lower for it, had no effect on the pitch.”

“We played some lovely football but he seriously let himself down today with the headbutt. Completely uncalled for and will take all the attention away from our performance.”

“Got a bit fortunate in the first half but we rode our luck and, even though we conceded, we dominated the second half. Then Pardew tried to nut an opposition player. I’ve long hated Pardew on a personal level, he’s a lying, arrogant, moronic weasel of a man but he never struck me as particularly aggressive one. Today he showed us his true colours. He is complete scum. As the manager of a football club you take on the responsibility of representing them for every second that the ball isn’t on the pitch. As soon as he tried to headbutt Meyler he shirked that responsibility. We’ve had glimpses of Pardew’s nature in the past but they could be written off as a moment of passion or emotion that got slightly out of hand, his attack on Meyler simply can’t be. He had more than enough time to compose himself and be the bigger man, but that simply isn’t who he is.”

“Finally realised that Williamson and Taylor can’t play together, set us up to pass the ball and for once we didn’t sit back on our lead. Shame he had to take away from the performance by being a ****.”

“Good team selection. Thuggish display on the touchline. Why does he keep doing it? It’s like he loves the publicity.”

“Got the starting lineup spot on and his subs were also good as far as I can remember. Tactics were also spot on so his best managerial performance for a long time. Would have got at least a 9 if it wasn’t for the embarrassing incident which damages his score (although it has been slightly over hyped by some).”

Do you feel these ratings are fair, or do you have anything to say about this match in general? If so, do so in our discussion thread here.

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Cal

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