I'm way behind reporting on the results of player ratings polls from several matches, and the only way I was going to get this done was to dump it all into one post. If you're not familiar, we ask our community after every Newcastle United senior match to rate the players' performances on a scale from 1-10, then compile the results. Here are the reports from Fulham, Morecambe, and Hull City.
|Player||# of Responses||Mean||Median||Std Dev|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||46||4.93||5||1.69|
- Wow. This is dire. Only Loic Remy, who scored a brace, and to a much lesser extent Vurnon Anita, received grades even resembling passing ones. That Remy still received a rating below 8 despite the two first-half goals shows how disgusted the fan base was with the overall performance.
- Papiss Cisse once again received the lowest rating, and will probably continue to do so until he finds the back of the net again, but he had company in the form of Mathieu Debuchy, who played a hand in at least two of Hull's goals (if not all three).
- The standard deviations are way up this week. As I noted on CHN Live while watching the results come in, several people gave everybody 1s (there's your loser's penalty), while one individual gave everybody a 10 (some people just need to watch the world burn, or are mackems). There's also the reality that the team actually looked pretty decent for much of the first half, before coming out flat in the second. Do you reward for the good, or detract for the bad? Clearly people went different ways with this (which is fine). Throw in regular variation and there's your explanation.
|Player||# of Responses||Min Rating||Max Rating||Mean||Median||Std Dev|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||84||4||10||7.23||7||1.12|
- Sammy Ameobi is the clear Man of the Match. Rob Elliot and then Hatem Ben Arfa come next closest. Sammy showed the most attacking intent when the match was still level and got what many felt was a deserved goal in the closing moments, so this is no surprise.
- The Goat of the Match was Haris Vuckic, who was shut down by Morecambe to the point that he was taken off at halftime. That Shola Ameobi had an immediate impact did not help Vuckic's cause.
- Several others received poor ratings. Sylvain Marveaux, Yoan Gouffran, Mapous Yanga-Mbiwa, and Moussa Sissoko all got ratings in the low 5s. Sissoko received the dreaded substitute penalty, so he can be excused from the discussion, but the others were penalized for high-profile mistakes. MYM, in particular, had a dreadful turnover that almost resulted in (and probably should have been) a goal for the hosts.
- I was most surprised by Curtis Good's positive rating. I thought he had a shaky match and took too much time to grow into it. Then again, maybe I'm marking off too much given that this was his Newcastle debut.
|Player||# of Responses||Low Rating||High Rating||Mean||Median||Std Dev|
|Hatem Ben Arfa||59||6||10||8.68||9||0.94|
- Goal scorer Hatem Ben Arfa was the runaway winner here, and the median vote of 9 is particularly eye-popping. He certainly exerted his influence on the match, and the honor is well deserved.
- There's a tier of 4-7 players right behind HBA (depending on how you divide it), and I think it shows just how well the team played as a group. The defensive unit all received high marks, which is appropriate.
- Shola Ameobi got the worst rating, giving Papiss Cisse a day off in that department. It's easy to see why there were so many stories calling Ben Arfa the only scoring threat (and so many others expressing optimism for Loic Remy.