We take a look at the statistics from Saturday’s defeat at St James’ Park…
We had 19 shots, of which four were on target, seven off target and the remaining eight blocked. Eleven were struck from outside the box.
Our hosts registered seven efforts, two of which were on target and one against the woodwork.
Willian and Tammy Abraham had four attempts apiece. Cesar Azpilicueta was next with three.
We had a 69.9 per cent share of possession. Nobody spent more time on the ball than Jorginho (11.5 per cent). Willian and Andreas Christensen completed the top three (both 7.6 per cent).
Of those players who started the game, Jorginho also had the best pass completion rate (92 per cent), made the most number of successful passes (103), had the most touches (129), and recorded a game-high four interceptions.
When it came to key passes, Mason Mount and Willian were top with four apiece.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was among a group of three players to complete two dribbles.
Of the 50 aerial duels contested, 58 per cent were won by a Newcastle player. Joelinton alone won 14. Christensen was top for us with eight.
Reece James was the game’s top tackler with five won, a third of our total of 15. Newcastle won 13.
They also recorded 40 clearances (to our nine), with Jamal Lascelles leading the way with 11.
Newcastle’s solitary corner of the game came in the build-up to the winning goal. We had 10.
As well as blocking eight of our shots, the Magpies also stopped nine crosses.