Newcastle United got back to winning ways on Friday night, beating Wolves thanks to a Chris Wood penalty.
It wasn’t a vintage performance from the Magpies. In fact, it wasn’t the most entertaining game at all. But Eddie Howe’s side got the job done, and took a big step towards Premier League survival.
There were some decent performances in black and white, with one player standing out as the clear man of the match. Here are our Toon player ratings following the 1-0 win over Wolves.
Martin Dubravka 7/10
A quiet evening for Martin Dubravka, who picked up his first clean sheet since the win over Brentford. Made one key save, denying Fabio Silva at the near post.
Emil Krafth 7/10
Recalled to the starting XI by Eddie Howe and didn’t disappoint. A solid performance from Emil Krafth, who wasn’t really tested by Hwang Hee-Chan.
Fabian Schar 7/10
A booking for a cynical foul on Fabio Silva was the only low point for Fabian Schar on Friday night. The Switzerland international continues to impress and deserves a new contract.
Dan Burn 8/10
Back to his dominant best after a couple of underwhelming performances for the Toon. Almost grabbed his first goal for the club in the second half, but his tame effort was saved by Jose Sa.
Matt Targett 7/10
A strong showing from Matt Targett, who probably expected to be tested more by Francisco Trincao.
Ryan Fraser N/A
Limped off early due to injury.
Bruno Guimaraes 9/10
The best player on the pitch by an absolute mile. Bruno Guimaraes was a class above on his first St James’ Park start. This guy is the real deal, and we are incredibly lucky to have him.
Jonjo Shelvey 6/10
The Newcastle skipper was overshadowed by Bruno in midfield. The Brazilian often picked up the ball in the areas Shelvey normally would, limiting the number eight’s impact. Alas, a steady performance.
Grew into the game after a slow start, but played a key role in the winning goal. His pass got Chris Wood in behind, who was then fouled by the Wolves stopper.
Allan Saint-Maximin 6/10
A hugely frustrating night for Allan Saint-Maximin. At times the 25-year-old was majestic, but his final ball was often lacking. However, he did a brilliant job at getting us up the pitch in the second half, particularly after we scored and sat deeper.
Chris Wood 8/10
Finally, Chris Wood scores for Newcastle at St James’ Park. He had a goal disallowed in the first half for offside, but had no such problems in the second half. He won the penalty then was brave enough to take it in front of the Gallowgate.
Miguel Almiron 7/10, Sean Longstaff N/A, Jacob Murphy N/A