Fourplay gets us going: Newcastle report & player ratings

Four goals, four different scorers, four contenders for Man of the Match… not a bad way to spend a stormy Sunday afternoon.

Since Mikel Arteta took over from Unai Emery we’ve had more draws than a Welsh dresser.

But with our defensive solidity and team organisation gradually improving it always felt like a matter of time before the dam would burst and we gave someone a proper spanking.

Yesterday was that day. The dam was duly breached and poor old Newcastle United (and their likeable manager Steve Bruce) were the spankees.

We started the day level on points with the Barcodes, who were on an eight game unbeaten run, so this was hardly a foregone conclusion.

An extended break in Dubai had given Arteta his first real chance to work properly with the team without the p...

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