Nick Pope the only Toon star: Newcastle player ratings vs Brighton
Nick Pope the only Toon star: Newcastle player ratings vs Brighton
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Nick Pope the only Toon star: Newcastle player ratings vs Brighton

Two games and two clean sheets for Newcastle United. That’s probably the only positive to come from our 0-0 draw with Brighton.

It wasn’t a great performance from Eddie Howe’s side, who were ultimately lucky to come away with a point.

The Magpies were much poorer in attack compared to last week, and had to rely on their goalkeeper on more than one occasion.

It was a poor performance, and here are our Newcastle player ratings vs Brighton

Nick Pope 9/10

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He went viral on Friday, and on Saturday he was the star. Pope proved why Howe brought him in with a string of excellent saves, particularly in the second half. He more than earned his second clean sheet in a Toon shirt.

Kieran Trippier 7/10

Captained the side again and denied Brighton a goal in the first half with an excellent goal line clearance. Always calm and composed in possession.

Fabian Schar 7/10

No wonder goal this week but excellent in terms of his defensive responsibilities.

Sven Botman 7/10

While he didn’t set the world alight, this was a more than decent first start in a Newcastle shirt for Sven Botman. A solid base to build on for the £35million man.

Dan Burn 8/10

Forced to play left-back for Newcastle for the first time, and more than held his own against his former club. His tackle to deny Danny Welbeck inside the six yard box was a thing of beauty.

Joe Willock 5/10

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Less impactful than he was in last weekend’s win over Nottingham Forest. The 22-year-old struggled in the heat against Brighton’s energetic midfield, and was rightly replaced midway through the second half for a largely anonymous outing.

Bruno Guimaraes 6/10

This might be the first time Bruno Guimaraes has looked ordinary in a Newcastle shirt. He failed to match Brighton’s intensity and was sometimes sloppy in possession. Obviously capable of so much more and will be disappointed with his own performance.

Joelinton 6/10

The best of Newcastle’s three midfielders but still nothing to shout about. His big moment came when he and Solly March got involved in a pushing competition.

Miguel Almiron 7/10

The brightest of Newcastle’s attacking players, which speaks volumes. Miggy was lively as ever and full of running, but didn’t produce anything in the final third. However, he was at least threatening.

Callum Wilson 6/10

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A really frustrating afternoon for our number nine. Only had two sniffs of goal. In the first he was denied because of a high foot, and the second he was flagged for offside.

Allan Saint-Maximin 5/10

A very disappointing performance from the Frenchman. He picked up possession in some great positions but was incredibly wasteful. And a yellow card for diving – not a good look.


Sean Longstaff 6/10, Jacob Murphy 6/10, Chris Wood N/A.