Newcastle player ratings vs Fulham: Sean Longstaff tireless as Alexander Isak saves the day

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Alexander Isak struck late as Newcastle United claimed a vital win over a spirited Fulham side at St James’ Park on Sunday. 

During what was largely a hugely frustrating game, Aleksandr Mitrovic saw a penalty ruled out after slipping and kicking the ball twice and Newcastle were guilty of squandering chances once more.

Still, Isak would nod in from close range to seal a vital three points.

The win takes Eddie Howe’s side back up to third, just a point off Manchester City in second and caps off a brilliant week after progression to the Carabao Cup semi-finals was secured.

Here’s how the Newcastle United players rated with stats via WhoScored

Nick Pope – 7 

Didn’t have a huge amount to do but commanding as ever. Kept a dangerous corner from causing problems in the second-half.

Kieran Trippier – 7

Far from a vintage performance, despite leading the team for key passes (4) as ever. Even before giving away the penalty, the England international was guilty of some fairly lax passing.

Fabian Schar – 8

Rarely troubled defensively and was unlucky to hit the post with a rasping free-kick.

Sven Botman – 8 

Largely dealt with Mitrovic well, albeit there were some slightly nervy moments in the second-half. Still, the Dutchman hardly looked truly fazed.

Dan Burn – 7

Very lucky not to have given away a penalty when turned inside and out by Andreas Pereira but hardly put a foot wrong otherwise.

Bruno Guimaraes – 6

A brilliant ball for Longstaff once again underlined the Brazilian’s quality but an ankle injury rendered him much more ineffective. The sight of Guimaraes coming off in tears at half-time is a major worry.

Joe Willock – 7 

Another energetic display from midfield, if one lacking the kind of quality we’ve seen from Willock of late. By no means a bad performance by any means.

Sean Longstaff – 8 

Dynamic in midfield as ever but missed a couple of half chances. While Issa Diop did well to block his shot, they are the kind of chances the team need to take during increasingly tight games.

Still, a brilliant ball in the build-up to the winner after a tireless display.

Miguel Almiron – 8 

Led the way for tackles (6) and remains a huge figure in this team even when not scoring.

Callum Wilson – 7 

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A brilliant turn in the first-half to create space for a shot, though Wilson could not convert from close range. Certainly grew into the game after a slow start but not yet at his best.

Like the rest of the team, however, Wilson kept on and came up with the assist for Isak.

Joelinton – 7 

It’s getting hard to say anything new about Joelinton. So often the tempo-setter in terms of desire, the Brazilian is doing all of this from a role that can now be considered not his best position.


Allan Saint-Maximin (for Guimaraes ’45)  7 

Much more energetic than in recent weeks and went close in the second-half.

Alexander Isak (for Joe Willock ’70) 8 

A huge moment for Isak, who nodded in after Wilson’s late cross and made a major difference with his energy towards the end of the game.

Jacob Murphy (for Miguel Almiron) 6

Couldn’t do a huge amount with so few minutes but was crucial in helping set up the winner with a deft touch to reclaim possession.

Chris Wood (for Callum Wilson ’90)


Not used: Dubravka, Ritchie, Lascelles, Manquillo, Lewis

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