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Player Ratings v West Bromwich Albion (A)

By Wasim
March 26 2012

Hatem Ben Arfa was named Man of the Match by Tyne-Talk's resident player-rater, Wasim4nufc for his contribution to Sunday's game against West Bromwich Albion. Ben Arfa scored in the 3-1 victory as did Papiss Cisse who picked up a rating of 8.5/10. Read on to see how the rest of the team faired...

Player Ratings

Tim Krul (7) - Had a fairly comfortable day in goal. Was not to blame for their goal for it was clear that Williamson wanted him to come out and then for some reason headed the ball away from the oncoming keeper.

Danny Simpson (7) - Got on with his job at right back without really being tested. Handled what came his way though.

Mike Williamson (6.5) - At fault for their goal, as he had the chance to head it back to Krul but then panicked as the striker closed in on him. Other than that he actually had a decent game.

Fabricio Coloccini (7) - Was forced off with an injury at half time but before that he was his usual composed self at the back dealt with everything which came his way.

James Perch (8) - Thought he was outstanding. Started the game at left back and did his job but he was better in the second half when moved to centre back. Seems to be high on confidence and it is showing in his recent performances.

Danny Guthrie (6.5) - Was decent without really being at his best. Put in a shift and did what was required of him. Went off with a slight knock and may not start the next game with Tiote expected to be fit.

Yohan Cabaye (7) - Involved nicely in the build up to our second goal and it was some of his runs which allowed others space on the counter attack. Has not been on top form recently but seems to be getting there again.

Jonas Gutierrez (7.5) - I thought he did an excellent job for us yesterday. Firstly it was his superb through ball which led to us opening the scoring and then the way he shifted to a defensive midfield role and did that job well. A non stop worker who is so important to the team right now.

Hatem Ben Arfa (9) - The Frenchman was simply outstanding. Scored a beautiful goal on the counter attack which saw him go from box to box and finish a neat move and then he set up our two other goals as well. Went on some amazing runs and is almost at the peak of his powers. Did lose the ball occasionally but was always dangerous on the counter attack.

Demba Ba (8) - Will be disappointed that he has not scored in a few games but played his part in a dangerous front three who really seem to have the potential to be one of the feared attacks in the league. Certainly pivotal in a number of our chances.

Papiss Cisse (8.5) - Took his two goals well but then again he could have had a hat trick especially as one of the chances was a one on one. Formed a good partnership with Ba and Ben Arfa and his good work rate was also worth noting.
Davide Santon (7) - Came on and did his job, without really going forward much, so showed good discipline.

Shola Ameobi (7) - Came on and helped us kill the game off.

Shane Ferguson (6.5) - Enjoyed a brief run out.

Newcastle United Man of the Match - Hatem Ben Arfa

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Player Ratings v West Bromwich Albion (A)
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26/03/2012 17:25
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Re: Player Ratings v West Bromwich Albion (A)
26/03/2012 20:42
For once I would fully agree with the ratings, thought Ben Arfa was quality, and if he can start producing those performances regular then we are lucky.

For me the major positive was Perch, as that was by far his best performance.

Re: Player Ratings v West Bromwich Albion (A)
tunyc (IP Logged)
26/03/2012 21:23
I'm with TTID-good calls, Wasim!
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Perch was a real positive-I feel much better than I imagined I would if Colo went down.

Obviously HBA benefitted, but Cabaye and Jonas also both seemed more comfortable and effective in their roles yesterday. Great call by AP, who would have to get a high mark here as well.

As for Ba-he'll be fine. He's played well and if Cisse hadn't made it academic he should have had a penalty.

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