Newcastle United started the Eddie Howe era with a pulsating 3-3 draw at home against Premier League new boys Brentford and find themselves bottom of the table following Norwich’s victory over Southampton.
Jamaal Lascelles headed home from an inviting Matt Ritchie corner inside ten minutes to give the Magpies a dream start under their new boss.
The lead lasted only a minute before Brentford equalised through Newcastle old boy, Ivan Toney. The impressive striker finished off a sweeping counter attack after his drilled shot burst through Darlow – the goalkeeper at fault.
The game was played at a high tempo throughout as Howe delivered his promise of attacking, forward-thinking football that Toon fans have been starved of for years. Both teams struggled to defend with control as the game ebbed and flowed – a feisty affair by any measure.
The third goal went to the away side in the 31st minute when Rico Henry got on the end of a curving cross from opposite full-back Sergi Canos as Brentford once again created an overload at the back post – 2-1 to the Bees.
Undeterred, Newcastle continued to attack the Brentford goal extravagantly. Top scorer Callum Wilson was frustrated by the away side’s centre-backs and could only fire his shot straight at Toney on the line, despite making a yard of space in the box.
Minutes later Joelinton took an excellent touch before smashing his shot into the bottom corner passed the diving Fernandez in the Brentford net. The equaliser came after another mazy run from Allan Saint-Maximin. His resulting shot fell at the feet of the Brazilian who showed a striker’s instinct to get his side level going into the break.
The home side had registered 16 shots and the visitors 7 as the Mags had the most first-half possession so far this season at 55.4%. An improvement in an attacking sense, but the same old story defensively.
The second half didn’t quite live up the attacking excitement of the first but contained no less drama…
After a number of injury stoppages at the start of the second 45, Newcastle had a great opportunity to take the lead as Shelvey found Willock before the former Arsenal man slid a cushioned pass into Saint-Maximin on the edge of the box. His curved finish flashed passed the post.
Minutes later, the Bees took the lead for a second time as the Magpies failed to clear the ball on a number of occasions.
The ball finally found its way to second half substitute Frank Onyeka who had his effort deflected by Jamaal Lascelles passed the despairing dive of Karl Darlow – 3-2 Brentford with just under half an hour to play.
Stand-in boss Jason Tindall, who filled in for Howe on match day as the new Magpies boss isolates after his positive Covid-19 result on Friday, turned to his bench for inspiration. He introduced Geordie-born Shaun Longstaff and yet-to-perform Ryan Fraser to try and gain the momentum once more.
The mercurial Saint-Maximin again went close as his dazzling dribbling helped to create space in the box, but his subsequent cross was blocked by goalkeeper Fernandez as it deflected off centre-back Pontus Jansson.
However, moments later Saint-Maximin reaped reward for his hard-work after a sweeping attack from the home side.
Darlow came to collect a poor Brentford corner before sharply depositing the ball to midfielder Jonjo Shelvey. The ex Liverpool and Swansea man fired a 30-yard pass to the chest of the Newcastle number 10. Perfect control from the Frenchman allowed him to find the feet of the newly introduced Fraser on the right flank. The winger shaped a lovely ball to the back post as fan favourite Saint-Maximum shot his half-volley passed the hands of the Brentford keeper.
Time to win it? If only Joelinton had pulled the trigger when ASM again created a gilt-edged chance. It was not to be. The £40million Brazilian arguably had his best performance in the black and white stripes.
With the Magpies still unable to find their first victory of the campaign, they now sit at the foot of the Premier League table as the only winless side in the league.
New boss Eddie Howe will have witnessed a performance to take encouragement from whilst outlining the immensity of the job at hand – can he bring them to safety?
Newcastle face a trip to the Emirates next to face an Arsenal team in decent form, despite losing 4-0 away at Liverpool on the Saturday Night Football. Howe’s side will look to build on the positives from the fixture with Brentford who play Everton at home next Sunday.
The next two fixtures at St. James’ Park are must-wins if the Geordies are to avoid relegation to the Championship. They face fellow strugglers Norwich before Sean Dyche’s Burnley travel to Tyneside. The Magpies are in need of improvement as a tough Christmas period beckons.
Darlow (5), Schar (6), Lascelles (7), Clark (6), Murphy (6), Willock (6), Shelvey (7), Ritchie (8), Joelinton (9), Wilson (7), Saint-Maximin (9).
Subs: Longstaff (6), Fraser (7)
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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend
Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.
The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.
Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.
In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”
Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.
Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.
He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.
Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team
A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.
Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.
He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.
He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”
Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”
There were plenty of reaction tweets too….
@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”
@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”
@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”
Did you see what happened?
Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen
Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.
Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.
The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.
His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.
“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”
“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.
“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.
“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”
Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.
“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”
“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”
ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.
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