In their first Premier League game for 106 days, Newcastle United were victorious over Sheffield United, with a resounding 3-0 at St James Park.
Allan Saint-Maximin opened the scoring for the Magpies, meeting Matt Ritchie’s low driven cross to secure all 3 points. Before the Scotsman himself got on the scoresheet with a thunderous strike to double the Toon’s lead.
The Magpies ran out 2-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Bramall Lane back in December. Not only did that game mark Allan Saint Maximin’s maiden league goal, but saw Jonjo Shelvey ‘play to the whistle’ for his controversial strike to beat the Blades.
The first half was devoid of chances, as both teams failed to make the most of the few opportunities presented to them.
Joelinton came closest however. The Brazilian striker really should have opened the scoring in the 17th minute, but a weak side footed shot was easily met by Dean Henderson.
The frustrated look and reactions of Joelinton’s teammates told the full story, as the ex-Hoffenheim player looked to be continuing much maligned goalless run.
Sheffield, following on from Wednesday evening’s frustrating draw against Aston Villa, failed to make an impression in both halves, with just 1 shot on target for the entirety of the game.
Irish centre back John Egan received his second yellow early into the 2nd half, for dragging Joelinton back as the Newcastle Number 9 was through on goal.
Things didn’t get better however, as there were further defensive woes for the Yorkshire based side, as a comical slip from Enda Stevens allowed Saint-Maximin to open the scoring, beating Henderson at a tight angle.
Assisted by Matt Ritchie, this was Saint-Maximin’s 3rd goal in the league this season, and may very well prove vital in guaranteeing Newcastle’s Premier League survival.
Newcastle doubled their lead in the 69th minute, with Ritchie unleashing a powerful shot to the complete bewilderment of the Sheffield back line.
And as if wonders never ceased, none other than Joelinton would add to the scoresheet, tapping in Miguel Almiron’s ball for not only all 3 points, but finally getting his first Premier League goal on home turf.
The win sees Steve Bruce’s side into 12th place in the league, whilst harming Chris Wilder’s chances of guiding Sheffield into European football.
This was the first of 4 games in 11 days for Newcastle United, as they will host Aston Villa on the 24th, finally getting their FA Cup fixture with Manchester City on the 28th, before a long trip down south to Bournemouth on the 1st of July.