It’s a game today we had to win and we did.
But we were helped after 21 minutes when the referee sent off Tommy Smith for a harsh tackle on Miguel Almiron, who was outstanding for Newcastle on his starting debut at home.
But early second-half goals from Salomon Rondon and then Ayoze Perez saw Newcastle cruise home to all 3 points against the bottom of the league side.
But earlier today Burnley had beaten Tottenham 2-1 at home so it will be a tough game for Newcastle on Wednesday night at St. James’ Park.
Almiron hit the post with a nice chip early in the game and he looked terrific all game long.
It’s just a pity he couldn’t get a goal today for Newcastle but this lad is the new darling of the crowd.
Ir was after 20 minutes that a harsh tackle by Tommy Smith stopped Almiron in his tracks in the middle of the park and Smith was sent off with a straight red card from referee Kevin Friend.
Not to put too much pressure on the 24-year-old he was welcomed to St. James’ Park with a huge Wor Flags banner which read “We are counting on you”
Not much pressure there.
And after this performance, he did not disappoint the fans and if he can keep playing like this £20M looks a steal for such a playmaker.
After 13 minutes Isaac Hayden set up Almiron who tried to chip the oncoming Jonas Lossl, but his shot hit the post.
And then another shot by Rondon hit the post so Newcastle were not having much luck putting the ball into the net.
After Tommy Smith was sent off Newcastle struggled to take the lead and it was still 0-0 at half-time.
Rondon had an excellent chance to score late in the half after an excellent cross from Sean Longstaff but the Venezuelan headed the ball wide.
And then less than a minute into the second half it was an attack down the right wing and the ball was put into the box and fell loose to Rondon.
The striker swept the ball home in great style for his 8th goal of the season and the roof was raised at St. James’ Park.
And then it was Ayoze after 52 minutes who put the ball in the net nicely to put Newcastle 2-0 up and looking comfortable.
Rafa Benitez replaced Matt Ritchie with winger Kenedy for the last 22 minutes, and the Brazilian forced a great save from the goalkeeper with a terrific shot.
And then it was Atsu who came on after 81 minutes and Almiron left the field to a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd.
As we said this lad is going to be very popular if he keeps playing like this.
It was a great win this afternoon and now we need to get 3 points against a very good Burnley side on Wednesday night.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie (Kenedy, 68); Perez, Hayden, Longstaff, Almiron (Atsu, 81); Rondon (Joselu, 84).
Subs not used: Woodman, Dummett, Ki, Manquillo.
Huddersfield: Lossl, Smith, Hogg, Bacuna (Billing, 69), Kachunga, Mooy, Lowe, Depoitre (Mounie, 76), Jorgensen, Schindler, Puncheon (Haderjonaj, 24).
Subs not used: Hamer, Kongolo, Grant, Stankovic.
Goals: Rondon 47, Perez 52
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)