If you could call a 0-2 victory away from home a disappointing performance, this was it. Though we’ll take the three points but Newcastle were again too passive away from home. But we had a bit of good fortune on our side this evening at Bramall Lane.
It was a great debut goal from Allan Saint-Maximin in the first half and a bizarre second-half goal from Jonjo Shelvey that gives Newcastle the result they needed. Newcastle are now 11th in the Premier League standings just 4 points behind Wolves in 5th.
Both sides came out unchanged after a 0-1 Newcastle lead in the first half. It started very similarly to the opening half with Newcastle enjoying a bit of possession in the first few minutes before Sheffield United just took control.
However, just when it looked like Andy Carroll was completely out of gas, he flicked a beautiful ball to Jonjo Shelvey in the 70th minute. The linesman flag went up but the referee did not blow the whistle. Jonjo kept playing and tidily stuck the ball into the bottom corner.
Jonjo Shelvey– playing to the whistle
The offside call went to VAR and Carroll was ruled onside. So it was 0-2 to Newcastle completely against the run of play. It was a smart decision by Shelvey.
Newcastle made their first change and brought big Andy off for Joelinton in the 72nd minute. Then in the 80th minute, it was Christian Atsu on for Allan Saint-Maximin who looked like he could have been carrying a knock.
Sheffield United seemed a bit shell-shocked after the Shelvey goal. They didn’t end up threatening Martin Dubravka too much as Newcastle saw out the game with a 0-2 win.