Jamaal Lascelles cut a vital role in Newcastle United’s goalless draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, but saw his involvement in the action overshadowed by Fabian Schar’s goal-line clearance.
The Magpies welcomed the Seagulls to St. James’ Park looking to record their first win of the campaign on home soil, but played out the affair on the back foot, with Graham Potters’ south coast side enjoying 71% of the possession and fashioning shots on goal throughout their visit to the North East (WhoScored).
It was firmly a day for the Newcastle defenders to earn their money, but Lascelles saw his contribution ranked alongside that of Jonjo Shelvey and Christian Atsu by the Chronicle, who named Schar as their Man of the Match.
The local newspaper to Newcastle noted that Lascelles ‘battled hard’ and made a couple of key blocks, but only awarded his game a six out of ten. Paul Dummett, on the other hand, was bestowed a seven out of ten as he ‘knew it was going to be one of those days and booted long when he needed to’.
Schar, too, was issued a higher match rating than Lascelles, with the Swiss centre-half awarded an eight out of ten, after pulling off a ‘spectacular’ clearance on the goal-line during an ‘assured display’.
It was only in tackles attempted, and completed, that Schar outshone Lascelles, though, with the 27-year-old winning three of four compared to the Derby-born 25-year-old’s one from one, according to WhoScored data.
However, for clearances, interceptions and successful passes, it was Lascelles who came out on top, with the Nottingham Forest product recording a joint-game high five clearances with Brighton’s Lewis Dunk, along with two interceptions to Schar’s one.
Schar misplaced 25% of his 31 attempted passes, too, meaning he completed (20) fewer than Lascelles attempted (27) and completed (22). Dummett, meanwhile, completed 69% of his 39 and won the second-most aerial duels of any Newcastle players (3) to Javier Manquillo (4).
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