A return to Premier League action saw Newcastle United secure a 3-0 win over a 10-man Sheffield United.
After three months without a match, Newcastle United returned with a resounding 3-0 victory at home against Sheffield United. Allan Saint-Maximin scored the opening tally before goals from Matt Ritchie and Joelinton followed.
Major Mistakes by the Blades
Sheffield United saw one big miscue compounded by another one shortly after. John Egan was shown a second yellow card in the 50th minute after fouling Joelinton on the break. Five minutes later, Enda Stevens had a complete howler as he tried to clear the ball and missed entirely. Saint-Maximin was there to capitalize on the far post.
A Ritchie Rocket
In the first half, Ritchie forced a save from Dean Henderson with a powerful shot from distance. With the Magpies up 1-0 and the winger being given too much space, he smashed a ball into the back of the net to extend the lead. Assisting on Saint-Maximin’s goal, Ritchie had a major impact for Newcastle.
A Big Impact from Big Joe
Yes, he should’ve done better with a first-half chance. But, Joelinton played a major part in Newcastle’s win today. In the first half, a slight tussle with John Egan saw the striker and defender shown yellow cards. Then, he drew the foul that got him sent off in the second half. On the club’s third goal, he did well to play the ball wide to Miguel Almiron before keeping his motor running and getting on the end of the pass back in, which he turned into a goal. It wasn’t a perfect performance, but it was an overall positive outing for the number nine.
- While rust was expected, Newcastle actually didn’t look too bad on the ball. One trend I noticed was making a pass before it was necessary or best-served. Whether it was on the break or on a cutback, there were multiple times that another dribble or two would’ve opened things up.
- Boosted by the red card for Egan no doubt, Newcastle held more possession than usual. It was a quality performance after not playing a competitive match in over three months.
- Steve Bruce’s lineup was a good one and he utilized his five substitutes well. The much-maligned NUFC manager was deservedly all smiles after the final whistle.
- While the two matches were very different, Newcastle United took both matches this season vs. a surprising Sheffield United side.
- In headband news, ASM went back to his notorious Gucci headband with the branding covered by tape. He had mixed in a Puma Balmain black and gold band at various points this season.
- The only negative of the lopsided win may have been Andy Carroll’s facial hair.
Newcastle United will host Aston Villa on Wednesday. Dean Smith’s side played to a scoreless draw vs. Sheffield United in their first match back and they face Chelsea later today.