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Match Report – Newcastle United 3-3 Brentford: Six goal thriller at St. James to start life under Howe



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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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Saudi Arabia wants its investors to own Manchester United



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Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


Sports minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal revealed the country’s latest sporting ambitions in an interview with Sky News – with the sovereign wealth fund already owning Newcastle and now funding a breakaway golf series.


It follows the Manchester United board announcing that they are open to a sale of the club.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisalstated he would be keen on Ronaldo signing for a Saudi Pro League after the World Cup, with the 37-year-old a free agent following a controversial interview and exit to Manchester United earlier this week..


“Who wouldn’t want him to play in their league?” “He’s a role model to a lot of young players – him and Messi.”


Sky news are reporting – It is the availability of United – after the Glazers announced plans for a potential sale – and Ronaldo that is interesting Prince Abdulaziz.


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Which Newcastle Players Are Going To The World Cup?




The FIFA World Cup in Qatar gets underway next week and here are all the Newcastle players involved in the tournament

Callum Wilson (England)

Newcastle striker Callum Wilson is a player that has consistently shown the quality to earn a spot in an England squad at a major tournament but has sadly had his chances diminished by injuries in the past.

However, Wilson is currently injury free and is on the plane to Qatar! The Coventry City academy graduate averages a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season, which is the second-best return of all English players behind Harry Kane.

The 30-year-old may have to bide his time for an opportunity due to England captain Harry Kane being the first-choice striker. That said, Wilson gives Gareth Southgate a great alternative should England find themselves chasing a game.

Kieran Trippier (England)

Gareth Southgate has always been very fond of Kieran Trippier’s abilities and what he brings to a team. For example, in Euro 2020 Southgate opted to play Trippier at left-back ahead of a more natural option in Ben Chilwell due to the 32-year-old’s experience and leadership qualities.

Trippier brings bags of experience at major tournaments after reaching the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup and the final of Euro 2020.

With injuries at right-back to the likes of Reece James and uncertainty around the fitness of Kyle Walker, Trippier could start at right wing-back in England’s World Cup opener against Iran.

Nick Pope (England)

The last player to complete The Magpies’ England trio is Nick Pope. Toon’s No.1 has been outstanding since arriving from Burnley in the Summer and has earnt his place in England’s World Cup squad.

Pope has the joint most clean sheets in the Premier League this season (6) alongside Manchester City goalkeeper, Ederson and fellow England goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

It remains to be seen if Gareth Southgate picks Pope to be his first-choice goalkeeper in Qatar ahead of Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale. Pope started both of England’s last games in the Nations League back in September.

Bruno Guimarães (Brazil)

Moving to South America and the favourites to win the competition, Brazil. Bruno Guimarães has been one of Newcastle’s stand-out players this season and has deservedly earned himself a spot in Brazil’s very competitive World Cup Squad.

Guimarães has statistically been the best midfielder in the Premier League so far this season and will be hoping his performances have done enough to earn him a start against Serbia in Brazil’s opening fixture.

That said, Brazil manager Adenor Leonardo Bacchi has predominantly played with a midfield two of Manchester United duo, Casemiro and Fred at the base of the Brazilian midfield.

Fabian Schär (Switzerland)

The Magpies’ centre-back has been in great form alongside Sven Botman at the heart of Newcastle’s defence this season and will be hoping to continue his form in Qatar.

Schär has some tough competition in his position in the form of Manchester City centre-back Manuel Akanji and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Nico Elvedi.

Switzerland find themselves in the same group as tournament favourites Brazil, which will see Schär reunited with Toon teammate Bruno Guimarães in Gameweek 2.

Who didn’t make the squad?

The most surprising player to not make their country’s squad is Sven Botman. The former Lille centre-back has been a major part of why Newcastle has the Premier League’s best defence so far this campaign.

Louis van Gaal has a great pool of centre-backs available to him and opted for the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij and Nathan Ake over Botman.

Another Toon player with World Cup disappointment is Joelinton, who has failed to follow Bruno Guimarães on the plane to Qatar.

Joelinton has been a revelation under Eddie Howe following his remarkable transformation from a striker to a box-to-box midfielder. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Joelinton this year.

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What We Learnt (Spurs 1-2 Newcastle)



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Newcastle United were victorious at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium yesterday, winning 2-1 and now sit fourth in the Premier League. This is the first time they’ve been there at this stage of the season in 10 years.


Goals from Callum Wilson and Miguel Almiron were enough to scare away any chances of a second-half Spurs comeback. That’s six goals for Miggy in what is now his best-ever season for goals in black and white.


With 21 points, just five behind Manchester City and seven behind current league leaders Arsenal, the Toon are looking better than ever, but what did the victory yesterday tell us?


Toon are charging for Europe


If you didn’t believe it at the start of the season you should now. Eddie Howe has transformed Newcastle into a team with a winning mentality with a real sense of togetherness in a squad who are willing to battle for one another, week in and week out.


Very few teams will travel to London this season and manage to come away with a point, never mind three when playing Spurs. Not only this game, however, but Man City (3-3), Liverpool (2-1) and Brentford (5-1) have also shown that Howe and his side mean business this season and are willing to go toe to toe with some of the very best teams, coaches and players in the world. 


In his first signing interview, Sven Botman said, “Newcastle wants to reach the top and the top is in the league and, at the end, maybe in Europe.” Maybe he didn’t specifically mean this season but now he and the rest of his teammates should believe that they have a real chance of playing European football next season.


Almiron transformation shouldn’t go unnoticed


Almiron made 30 appearances last season in the league and finished with just one goal and no assists. Now, after just 12 games and six goals, the Paraguayan is already on course to smash his previous goal-scoring records which have seen him accumulate nine Premier League goals over the course of four seasons. 


Loved by the fans and with the full support of his teammates, it can only get better for the Paraguayan at this point. His goal against Tottenham showed the dribbling, flair and finishing quality he withholds, something that Steve Bruce and Rafael Benitez could never get out of him.


Eddie Howe must be awarded credit for this development, as with the current budget the club has, he could’ve easily found a replacement in the summer. But, just like Joelinton, Miggy has cemented his spot in Newcastle’s starting eleven and is proving every week why he deserves to be there.


Wilson & Burn should be considered by Southgate 


On TalkSport recently, Neil Warnock warned Gareth Southgate saying his loyalty to players might be his downfall and said Dan Burn is “Mr Steady Eddie” referring to his versatility, being able to play left-back or centre-back.


Burn started 28 Premier League games last season and this season has 11 out of 12. His consistent dominating performances in Newcastle’s back line have put him into the conversation for a first-ever England call-up and I don’t think many would disagree. With John Stoned injured, Harry Maguire and Tyrone Mings not in good form and not getting regular game time, Gareth Southgate’s defensive decisions should now be a lot more challenging.


Callum Wilson has proved yet again his abilities as a top Premier League striker. His goal against Spurs not only put him in the headlines over England captain Harry Kane but also made it four in eight for the English man this season who has averaged 2.8 shots per game with an average scoring frequency of 162 minutes. 


With no clear-cut backup striker to Kane, is Wilson ahead of Ivan Toney and Tammy Abraham in the race to be England’s number two striker?


So, what do you think? Do Newcastle have a serious chance at European football next season, can Almiron stay at his best and should Wilson and Burn be considered for a World Cup call-up?


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