Tue 7 Nov 2023, 20:49 · Ash Harrison

Borussia Dortmund (A) player ratings: Livramento leads the way but faces little competition for POTM

Borussia Dortmund (A) player ratings: Livramento leads the way but faces little competition for POTM
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A disappointing night in Germany for Newcastle as Eddie Howe's depleted Mags fall to a second defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

It was far from a vintage display from Newcastle as the big players didn't turn up and it was left to 20-year-old Tino Livramento to run the show.

It's harsh to be too critical given the amount of players we have missing, and it didn't even seem to be a lack of effort, it was just a case of not being good enough on the night.

On a night for our big players, most of them didn't turn up

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Tino Livramento played three positions but showed he belongs on this stage

Nick Pope – 7

He made six saves but was nowhere on either goal, though the second one was particularly difficult for him to deal with due to the abysmal defending in front of him. Still, should be about as far down the list as anyone when the blame for the loss is apportioned.

Kieran Trippier – 5

We needed Tripps to return to his best here but he was miles off it. Lost possession on 25 occasions—not just from his disappointing set pieces—and seemed a yard slow to everything, just as he was in the home tie against this lot. Could perhaps do with a rest.

Jamaal Lascelles (c) – 6

We haven't missed Sven Botman too much since injury struck the Dutchman, but we can't shake the feeling that he would have been a difference-maker tonight. Lascelles didn't do anything particularly badly but just didn't look comfortable up against this opposition again.

Fabian Schär – 6

The majority of what he did with his his feet was class, with some devastating long balls including the one for Livramento that led to our best chance of the game. He was bullied by Füllkrug aerially, however, and was caught in no man's land for the opening goal.

Lewis Hall – 5

He was the victim of a very soft yellow card early on that seemed to affect his confidence, while also meaning that he had to play very cautiously for almost the entirety of the first half. Still, that doesn't excuse his failure to deal with the ball for the opener.

Sean Longstaff – 5

Longy did a good impression of an invisible man again, though no doubt while covering the same sort of yardage as he always does. Completed just 25 passes in the match and seemed to be in a constant whiny dialogue with the referee, which did no good whatsoever.

Bruno Guimarães – 6

There was as much bad as good in Bruno's game again, though he was certainly our best midfielder in very difficult circumstances. Did everything he could to maintain possession and keep the ball moving, but looked like he was wearing lead boots when asked to defend.

Joe Willock – 5

The ball definitely wasn't out this time, was it? Funny how these things happen. Much like Longstaff, and much like against Arsenal, Willock just didn't make an impact on the contest. He looked gassed by the time he was needed to chase back for their second and didn't.

Tino Livramento – 8 ⭐️

Started on the wing, was moved to right-back at half-time, and also had a decent stint at left-back. Despite all of that upheaval, he was our best player, making the biggest chance of the match for Joelinton and defending stoically throughout against tricky opponents.

Callum Wilson – 4

He made just two passes, had zero shots, won one duel, a foul, and failed to complete the only dribble he attempted. With Isak missing we need him to step up big time and he's failing to do so at the moment. Like Hall, was rightly brought off at the interval.

Joelinton – 7

If he'd buried the header from Livramento's cross he was on for another POTM performance, but that miss effectively killed our chances of getting a result. He did everything in his power to impact the game otherwise, though, and looked dead on his feet at the end.

There just wasn't enough on the bench to change things

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Miguel Almirón ran himself silly trying to get us back into the contest

Miguel Almirón – 7

The brightest of the substitutes but his decision-making in the final third undid all of his good buildup work. Still, it's hard to knock him when he puts so much effort in.

Anthony Gordon – 6

Came on as the central striker and found it tough to get into the game, much like Wilson had done. Still managed more than four times the involvements of our number nine, though.

Lewis Miley – 6

Only got 10 minutes on the pitch but didn't look at all out of place. The contest was done by the time he arrived, unfortunately, but this run-out won't do him any harm at all.

Next up for the Magpies

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Eddie Howe will be assured of a good reception at the weekend

It's back to Bournemouth for Eddie Howe and his coaching staff (plus Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie) this Saturday.

We're in for yet another 5.30pm kick-off due to being selected by Sky for broadcast again.

Howay Eddie's exhausted Mags!