The Premier League reached a new stadium today as Huddersfield Town returned to the top flight of English football after 45 years away, winning 1-0 against fellow newly-promoted side Newcastle United.

The only goal of the game came from the Terriers’ midfielder Aaron Mooy, who was also arguably the best player on the pitch.

Huddersfield joined Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion in maintaining their 100% starts, while Newcastle are without a point in two games now.

We’ve rated the players’ performances at The John Smith’s Stadium. If you agree or disagree, tweet us at @FB_Whispers.

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Huddersfield Town

Jonas Lössl

Made great save from Matt Ritchie after 16 minutes, looked like it was flying into the bottom corner, but was rarely tested other than that. 6

Tommy Smith

Newcastle looked like they were more likely to get something down his side, but he was always a threat himself going forward. 6


Had a few shaky moments and if Newcastle were going to target a weak link in the Huddersfield back line, it would be him. But they didn’t have the quality to do so. 5

Christopher Schindler

Picked up where he left off last season. His challenge on Dwight Gayle in the penalty area summed it up. Newcastle claimed a penalty, but it was inch perfect from the defender. 7

Chris Löwe

Yet another Huddersfield player who already looks at home at the top level. Kept whichever Newcastle attacker was on his side quiet. 6

Aaron Mooy

Before last week, Newcastle would have hoped the bald midfielder running the game was Jonjo Shelvey, but it was definitely the Australian who ran the game. Last season’s Huddersfield Player of the Year deserved to be the man who scored the Terriers’ first home Premier League goal and it was a stunner two, playing a lovely one two with van La Parra before showing his class as he slotted it past Rob Elliot. 8

Huddersfield boss David Wagner

Philip Billing

Looked comfortable alongside Mooy. Booked for pulling Christian Atsu back. 7

Elias Kachunga

Probably lucky to get away without a card after kicking Chancel Mbemba in the face in the opening moments. Played a lovely one-two with Mooy for the goal. Taken off with 20 minutes left. 6

Tom Ince

Fired straight at the keeper in early chance within 15 minutes, when he was lively as a No.10. Went out of the game in the second half though. Subbed. 6

Rajiv van La Parra

The Dutchman caused problems down the left early on but got quieter as the game went on. Subbed. 6

Steve Mounié

He proved he was a threat in the air against Crystal Palace on the opening weekend, and just underlined that hear, being a constant thorn in Newcastle’s side from set pieces. Couldn’t get on the scoreline again though. Booked. 6

Steve Mounie of Huddersfield


Quaner (van La Parra, 69′)

Failed to properly get in the game as Newcastle gave it their all. 5

Palmer (Kachunga, 71′)

Booked for clipping Jamaal Lascelles. 5

Hefele (Ince, 90) 


Newcastle United

Rob Elliot

Could do nothing about the goal and did nothing wrong all day, but didn’t pull off any spectacular saves either. 6

Javier Manquillo

When Newcastle started to push forward down the right, it felt like he was more comfortable with that than his defensive duties, and he was at fault for Mooy’s goal. 5

Jamaal Lascelles

The captain grew into the game, keeping Mounié quiet for long periods of the match. Booked. 6

Ciaran Clark

After playing at left-back due to Paul Dummett‘s injury against Tottenham Hotspur last week, Clark was expected to line up there, but played alongside Lascelles at the heart of Newcastle’s defence and looked more comfortable there. 6

Chancel Mbemba

A surprise start at left-back and after a shaky opening, he recovered well. 5

Isaac Hayden

Lucky to get away without a booking for a heavy challenge on Mooy in the first half, but he did pick up a yellow for a challenge on Billing. Subbed. 5

Isaac Hayden and Aaron Mooy

Mikel Merino

Maybe Shelvey’s ban won’t be a bad thing at all. He didn’t look out of place on his first start for the Magpies and looks like a classy addition to Rafael Benítez‘s side. But he was at question for the only goal of the match. 6

Christian Atsu

Arguably Newcastle’s brightest spark last week on the left, it felt like he was a lot more ineffective playing on the right. When he switched back to the left, he caused more problems. 5

Ayoze Pérez

Wasted a massive chance in the second half in what was a disappointing game for the forward. 4

Matt Ritchie

A space of 30 seconds which saw him hit three crosses that failed to pass the first man summed up Newcastle’s first half. But he was one of the Magpies’ brightest players, making Lössl pull off a great save. 6

Dwight Gayle

Ineffective before being taken off early in the second half. Had a penalty shout that wasn’t but was just isolated and didn’t do much up front. It feels like he’s going to be one of those players who are too good for the Championship but not Premier League level. 4

Dwight Gayle


Joselu (Gayle, 51′)

Booked harshly for a follow through on Lössl. Gave Newcastle a presence up front they didn’t have with Gayle. The Magpies looked a better team with him on the pitch. 6

Diame (Hayden, 75′)

His physicality was used well as he won a number of balls in the air. 5

Murphy (Pérez, 78′)

Looked more direct than Pérez with a shot that was on its way in before being deflected behind. 5