Two goals in the first half from Newcastle and we are on our way up the league table with another fine performance and 2-0 win – this time against Burnley.
And we leapfrog Burnley to go into 13th place in the league table and a six-point cushion (7 points if you include goal difference) over third-bottom Cardiff.
Huddersfield got their first win tonight since November with an excellent 1-0 home win over Wolves.
The two goalscorers for Newcastle were Fabian Schar and local hero Sean Longstaff who continues to look a fantastic and confident player in the middle of the part for Newcastle.
The first goal came after 24 minutes with the Burnley defense willing to lay off the Newcastle players, and they paid dearly for it.
Fabian Schar celebrates after scoring a fabulous goal
Schar got the ball 30 yards out from right-back Javier Manquillo in the inside right position and he hit an unstoppable swerving right-foot shot past Tom Heaton. who had no chance.
Schar has been one of our stars this season and his cost only £3M from Deportivo, and that’s his third goal of the season – not too bad for a center-back.
14 minutes later it was Matt Ritchie down the left wing as Newcastle continued to attack the opposition.
Matt crossed the ball, and it was headed away by the Burnley defense but only straight to young Longstaff who controlled the ball quickly and smashed the ball into the back of the net with his right-foot to the joy of the jubilant Newcastle supporters.
The goal by Sean was his first ever in the Premier League
That’s four wins out of the last six games, and one of the non-wins was that 1-1 draw at Wolves when Will Boly clearly fouled Dubravka in the 95th minute.
Since then we have kept two clean sheets – so we have 13 points from the last six games.
Almiron was just as good tonight as on Saturday, and he’s had an enormous and rapid impact at the club.
Mike Ashley should believe Rafa now when he wants to buy a top player – Almiron seems made to measure for this Rafa-made Newcastle side.
Rafa took Longstaff and Almiron off separately in the second half with a few minutes to play, and they got a standing ovation from the over-the-moon Newcastle supporters.
Newcastle played the game again in a 3-4-3 formation and we look very comfortable playing in that formation and allowing Almiron room up front to move around and use his speed.
Newcastle were dominant in that first half, and the lads kept going in the second half and the fleet-footed Almiron forced a save from Heaton.
Martin Dubravka saved from Ashley Barnes in the second half, but Burnley were finding it difficult to get any rhythm going with the Newcastle players closing them down at the first opportunity.
With goal difference, we seem to be 7 points clear of the drop zone, but Rafa will only be thinking of how we can beat a West Ham side in London in the late Saturday kick-off game.
That’s the next test for this reinvigorated Newcastle United.
Newcastle were again the main game in the Premier League on NBC Sports Network tonight because of interest over here in former MLS star Miguel Almiron.
What a signing Almiron is, and we have a new local hero in Sean Longstaff.
Fabulous entertainment from the boys tonight.
Newcastle: Dubravka; Manquillo, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie; Perez (Joselu, 87), Longstaff (Diame 85), Hayden, Almiron (Dummett, 81); Rondon.
Subs not used: Darlow, Ki, Yedlin, Atsu.
Burnley: Heaton, Bardsley, Mee, Tarkowski, Taylor, Cork, Hendrick, Gudmundsson, Barnes (Crouch, 71), McNeil (Brady, 46), Wood (Vydra, 83).
Subs not used: Lowton, Hart, Ward, Gibson.
Goals: Schar 24, Longstaff 38
Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)