Overall Newcastle had the better of possession with 59% compared to our 41%
But this advantage was not turned into Territory with this being equal at around 50%
Chances created were also in Newcastles advantage but in terms of big chances, 7 of our 8 chances were classed as clear cut compared to just 1 for Newcastle.
Newcastle had 16 shots compared to our 7 for us although on target this was 4 each.
Newcastle put in 36 crosses compared to our 12
Our passing as a whole was poor on the day, we completed 250 passes from our 360. This being just 69% of passes finding team mates.
Our total number of passes are normally lower that the opposition when we play this counter attack style but the completion % is usually higher.
Newcastle completed 405 from their 491 passes (82%)
In the attacking third we completed 49 from 85 (57%)
And in the penalty area we completed just 4 from 16 passes (25%)
Noble returned to the side and returned to top of the total completed passes with 36 from 44 passes completed (82%)
Anderson had our highest pass completion rate (discarding Wilshere) of 89% with 31 passes from 35 finding a team mate.
Arnautovic’s passing was poor with only 12 completed from 25 (48%)
Cresswell was heavily involved in passes until he was taken off on 56 minutes, with 18 completed from 21 (86%)
Also at the time of leaving the pitch, Cresswell to Anderson was the highest pass combination with 13. This was only bettered by 1 by Snodgrass to Chicharito although this was for 90 mins.
64% of our passes were attempted in the middle third of the pitch.
24% in the attacking third and 12% in the defensive third so again shows we moved the ball forward quickly.
Only 22 of our 338 outfield passes being classed as Long, with Anderson completing 7 out of 7 of his long passes.
Anderson capped a superb all round performance with being top of our attacking stats including 9 completed passes in attacking third, 9 recoveries, 2 chances created and 2 shot on target (1 goal).
Snodgrass had an equal number mainly due to the 7 crosses he put in.
Balbuena again toping the defensive stats, including another 10 clearances, 6 completed tackles and 3 interceptions.
Diop was also the perfect centre back partner again with 6 completed tackles from 6, 5 clearances and 1 block.
Zabaleta and Cresswell both with good clearances.
Some Views on Individual Stats
Zabaleta – Backed up the 2 centre backs in defence including 6 clearances.
Balbuena – Always a rock when the opposition put in lots of crosses. Top of defensive stats including 10 Clearances. Lower than normal pass completion.
Diop – 100% record on tackles attempted with 6 along with 5 clearances
Cresswell – Goods stats and involved in both directions up to his injury. Excellent passing and combination with Anderson.
Noble – Top of our completed passes with 36, also good completion of 82%, not much in defence but Rice is covering that role.
Rice – Steady defensive stats in front of the back four.
Snodgrass – Good going forward overall including 7 crosses and 2 chances created including the excellent one for Chicharito’s first goal. But poor pass completion for midfield.
Anderson – Superb, top of our attacking stats including 2 chance created, 2 shots on target and 1 goal. Add to this the very good passing stats and range of passing.
Chicharito – 4 shots with 2 on target for his 2 goals. Doesn’t need to add much to any other stats if he does this.
Arnautovic – Poor day in terms of passing, just 48% of his passes completed. But still adding to the team attacking stats including 3 chances created.
Masuaku – Didn’t show much in stats, 60% pass completion.
Obiang – Didn’t get involved for the final 19 mins. 6 passes completed from 11 (55%)
Wilshere – Just 5 minutes but enough to create the chance which Anderson put away.