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TFI – Player Ratings vs Watford – 23 Jan 16

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Beatski

Watford were on a woeful ruin of form leading up to this match, so in classic Newcastle style we helped them out by being rubbish and playing in an unfamiliar style, with McClaren opting to play some sort of 3-4-3; three at the back being a strategy that has never paid dividends for us. The team looked disjointed and unsure of their roles for a lot of the match.

The first half was a scrappy affair, with neither team really taking a hold of the game and playing decent football, and there were few clear cut chances as a result, the best of which fell to Mitrović, who probably should have scored but instead drew a good save from Gomes. Almost instantly after the break, Ighalo was put through one on one with the keeper and calmly rounded Elliot to put the hosts in front, replays showed that he was offside but that’s the kind of call we just haven’t been getting this season. 12 minutes later, after giving away a needless foul on the edge of the box, failure to clear our lines resulted in the ball falling kindly at the feet of Cathcart, who couldn’t miss from six yards out.

Lascelles halved the deficit on 21 minutes with a powerful header from Shelvey’s corner to put us back in the game. As we chased a point, Ayoze, followed by Gouffran and then Rivière, all had clear headed chances to salvage something for us, but every attempt was put massively wide of the goal.

For the TFI, we ask our 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.

Jamaal Lascelles picks up his first Man of the Match award for us with a score of 5.80, not a particularly high score and no-one thought he had a particularly good game either, but when the rest of the team doesn’t actually do anything much it seems a goal is going to put you above the rest. Despite getting MotM in his first PL start, I doubt many fans will be clamoring to see more of him in the starting lineup in the near future. Rolando Aarons (3.70) picked up our Mug of the Match award, but its hard to blame him when he was played out of position in a formation our entire team was unfamiliar with, the side as a whole averaged 4.81.

Our perhaps you could consider our manager the real mug of the match, as fans rated him a lowly 2.70. Fans hanging a lot of the blame on him as he changed to playing three at the back, due to our squad not having a fit left back. Of course not having a player accustomed to playing left wing back either never crossed his mind, so instead of playing a one player out of position in a back four we had half the team in unfamiliar roles. That its the second time we’ve played a back three against Watford and lost makes it all the more inexplicable.

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Mid-Season(ish) Report

Originally a forum thread by Yacob

We are 22 matches into the Premier League season (the Watford TFI results are not in as of writing) and there still a lot of unknowns surrounding us as a club. Is Steve McClaren the right man for the long term? Will Aleksandar Mitrović be a success? And will Rolando Aarons ever stay fit longer than two weeks?

It’s been a disappointing start to the season, but there have definitely been positives and if we look at this coaching set up as a long term strategy, we could accept a relegation fight this season for future successes. Although that is a huge if, given that McClaren hasn’t delivered stability since his days at Middlesbrough.

How have we fared?

We have been a lot worse than last season in the league, when we had 27 points at this stage, compared to the 21 we have now. We were safely positioned in mid table last season, while we are in the relegation zone currently. Although we are only six points behind last year’s tally, there are a lot fewer teams down the bottom of the table. At this time last year, six points separated 12th to 20th, compared to this year, when the gap is much larger, meaning that realistically only six teams are in the relegation battle.

In the cups, we have once again disappointed, despite the club stating that we would be targeting the competitions for success. A really disappointing defeat in the Capital One Cup to Sheffield Wednesday should have been avoided had we played a stronger side, while we had a narrow defeat to Watford in the FA Cup, which leaves the club extending their run without a trophy. Steve McClaren said that we will be better in the cups under him, and although it’s early days, the first impressions are not great.

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TFI – Player Ratings vs Stoke City – 31 Oct 15

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Beatski

A frustrating day out for the lads as despite looking the superior side and peppering the opponents’ goal, no-one could find a way past Butland, who is maturing into a top keeper by the looks of it, Joe Hart had better keep an eye on his rear view mirror.

For the TFI, we ask our 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.

Accolades are shared for man of the match today, with both Sissoko and Ayoze getting a rating of 7.29, the pair were the stand outs in our attacking quartet, but despite looking threatening neither succeeded in netting us those elusive three points. Mug of the match today goes to De Jong, who was subbed on in the second half to amble around to little effect when we really needed him to inject some impetus to push on for the winner.

McClaren comes away from the afternoon with a creditable rating of 7.14, reflecting his side’s control of the game for the majority, the players themselves come in with a lower team average of 6.38 due to their inability to capitalise.
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TFI – Player Ratings vs Sunderland – 25 Oct 15

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Cal

A derby dominated by the losing side, who were only outperformed by a referee apparently so incompetent that he might as well have been wearing red and white. On the stroke of half-time Coloccini touched shoulders with Fletcher in the box, resulting in a penalty and a red card, which has since been rescinded to undo a tiny bit of the damage caused by the erroneous decision. The second half was played 10 vs 12, and although we again controlled the game we could not convert that into goals, however the hosts would get a goal from a well worked corner, and then a third on the counter as we committed to chasing the game.

For the TFI, we ask our 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.

Man of the match goes to Sissoko, who continued his run of form by repeatedly and effectively taking the ball and running at the opposition to keep pressure up and create chances, earning a 6.50. Mug of the match surprisingly does not go to Coloccini (3.44), who came in for a lot of criticism for his decision to attempt a challenge of that nature in that situation, even though he has since been vindicated. Instead not-quite-so-super sub Thauvin takes the honour thanks to his inability to conjure up anything worthwhile in his time on the pitch this time out earning him a 3.06.

Owing to the strength of our performance, even in the face of these uncontrollable factors, McClaren takes the top rating of the day with a 7.06. The tactics and line-up continue to please the fans, but more importantly we didn’t try to minimise damages once a win started to look less likely, even at two goals and a man down we continued to go for the points, actually putting up a fight in the derby. It’s just a shame that the first half ended how it did.
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TFI – Player Ratings vs Norwich City – 18 Oct 15

Click here to go to the discussion thread by Cal

An initially nervy, back and forth game that ran out of control in the second half as our wingers combined to score at will and to seal a vital three points, while negating some of the goal difference deficit left from the drubbing against Man City.

For the TFI, we ask our 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.

Unsurprisingly, man of the match goes to the man with four goals and a goal line clearance. Georginio Wijnaldum earns a 9.67 for his incredible performance, the only blemish being a lack of tracking back for the second Norwich goal.

Cheick Tioté acquires the mug of the match on his apparently premature return to the starting eleven, his lack of fitness somewhat hindering his ability the dominate the middle and earning him our only sub-baseline rating with a 4.97, along with a silly yellow early on.

The team, of course, reached it’s season so far record average rating in this one, all in earning a 6.63, dragged down slightly by the back four and the central midfielders. Steve McClaren also hit a high in this one, his 7.88 beating out the 7.67 from the Northampton game in the League Cup. Criticism was aimed at our defensive frailty and playing Tioté over Anita.

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