Newcastle were poor first half and gave us a bit to worry about in the first 5/10 minutes of the second, but we managed that period ok and then it just felt like we needed the third to kill it off. It never came, but thankfully it didn’t impact the overall result.
Having Heaton in goal is massive, some of the shots he saved were straightforward, but one or two could have caused trouble against our other keepers.
Konsa, Guilbert and Targett were very good last night.
Mings and McGinn had off days.
Luiz looked assured, bar one moment at the beginning of the second half when he got caught in possession.
ElGhazi looked a threat constantly.
Wez did well against a solid back 5.
Connor did what Connor does well and protected Jack too.
Jack was out of this world and on another level from everyone else on the pitch last night - he oozes class
Their only real threat was Saint-Maximin, who reminds me a lot of when we had Traore - lightning pace and very direct, but little end product