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Fabulous Display From A Reinvigorated Newcastle Side – Schar And Longstaff See Off Burnley

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)


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12 comments so far

  • beefman13

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Well happy with that, was a containing job second half, nice to see folk with a smile on their faces.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #2

    No wonder we won and kept a clean sheet. The 43-4-3 formation will be revolutionary.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Martin Keown fangirling longstaff lol. Don’t tell him I said that lol. But yeah always thought he’s one of the better pundits you get.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Martin Keown: “This has been a Michael Carrick type performance by Longstaff. A lot of people are talking about Declan Rice at West Ham, but I think this lad might be better.” #NUFC

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Longstaff’s goal was a complete surprise to me. Who thought he had that in his locker?

    Scoring from inside the box, I mean


  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #6

    When we were in the championship, I called for him to get games especially when shelvey was out for like 8 games. Back then I likened him to lampard in the sense of how he drifts in to the box. Not seen enough of it but he can do it. He started the move that he finished today. Quite impressive.

    Thought he was hampered by that unfair early yellow but Hayden put enough tackles in for the two of them.

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #7

    If we kept Rondon I would be more than happy with only two players coming through the door in the summer. A striker to compete with Rondon and a wide creative player to compete with Almiron and Perez. A left back would be nice if it doesn’t work out for Bareca but really think Richie has found a position that he can thrive in (as he lacks the pace to play further forward).

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Lol Ladbroke on it too

    Naby Keita – £48m
    Jorginho – £50m

    Local lad Sean Longstaff is better than both ?


    Think bet365 said something about ballon d’or too lol. They need to chill with the hyping.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Here’s some stats:
    Diame 22 league starts, 0 goals
    Shelvey, 8 league starts, 0 goals
    Ki Sung Yeung, 9 league starts, 0 goals
    Hayden, 9 league starts, 1 goal
    Longstaff, 5 league starts, 1 goal.

    We’ve been missing a goal threat from midfield, we now have two players who can score playing there.

  • kilcline

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Genuinely think longstaff can be our Gerrard. We build the team around him, the back 3 and keeper and Rondon and Almiron.

    I think we would be 3 players off having a go at the top 6, Arsenal in 4th are bang average compared to years gone past.

  • Nufc-83

    Feb 26, 2019 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #11

    RobLeenio think You are going a little too far calling Hayden a goal threat.

  • carltoon

    Feb 26, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Hayden my man of the match what a game he had. Defense brilliant. Char handsome devil what a goal. Longstaff great goal. Summer what the hell you done with your hair.


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