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Newcastle United 5-1 Brentford: Player ratings

Matt · Saturday 8th October 2022
Newcastle United 5-1 Brentford: Player ratings

Today's ratings after Newcastle triumphantly punished a sloppy Brentford on Saturday afternoon.

Nick Pope - 7

An enthusiastic performance from the England man; the way he comes out early is such an asset to the team.

Kieran Trippier - 8

You could give him eight marks for the assist alone. The whip on that ball for Bruno's opener was something to behold.

Fabian Schär - 7

Ivan Toney had a quiet game. That says it all, really.

Sven Botman - 7

The guy exudes calm and assuredness. Such a confident player; he can move with the ball, too.

Dan Burn - 5

Today was a good advertisement for Matt Targett. Not a particularly good day at the office for BDB.

Joe Willock - 7

A good game from Willock; his pace and neat footwork were a significant contribution to the team's dominant performance.

Bruno Guimarães - 9

Had a massive influence on the game with two brilliant goals but his all-round game was superb too. Combative, progressive, dangerous. Outstanding.

Sean Longstaff - 6

The weakest of the midfield three with a few mistakes, but he gave absolutely everything for the cause, including taking yet another rotten challenge.

Miguel Almirón - 9

Set the tone early on with a wicked effort that was well saved and caused problems for the backline throughout. Topped it off with a goal earned after some effective pressing. Go on, Miggy, son.

Jacob Murphy - 8

Another good performance from Murphy; his pace was always a threat and he took his goal well

Callum Wilson - 7

Only a couple of half-chances for him today but his influence is obvious. He is a leader in the front three.

Subs - 7

Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin helped to consolidate control in the second half, and the former was pivotal to the fifth goal. Targett, Anderson and Wood's simultaneous introductions derailed the shape to some extent, but there was a couple of nice touches from Anderson.

Howe's initial comments

Courtesy of BBC Final Score:

"Today's is a tough game; Brentford make it very difficult for you. I thought we had a slow start but the first goal changed everything. It gave us a lift and the crowd got into it; from that point on we were really good.

"Bruno was outstanding. We really missed him when he was out. There's no doubt he's such a quality player who helps us in every phase. He's as good out of possession as in it. His second goal is key; the game was in the balance and it was an unbelievable strike."