With Jonjo Shelvey coming back from his calf injury yesterday, there was no place for Geordie midfielder Sean Longstaff in the side at the start. Longstaff had come back against Burnley the weekend prior in Shelvey’s absence.
However, Sean came in as a second-half substitute and got to celebrate a second straight dramatic game-winning goal at St James Park.
Against Southampton, the 22-year-old rifled a late shot that Saints keeper Alex McCarthy could only fumble into the path of Federico Fernandez, who blasted it into the roof of the net.
Yesterday, Sean witnessed Miguel Almiron’s magical finish to seal a 1-0 win. He was one of many Magpies to passionately congratulate the Paraguayan on his first goal for Newcastle.
Speaking to nufc.co.uk, Sean spoke about the reaction in the dressing room and the timeliness of Almiron’s goal:
“Everybody’s buzzing in the changing room and everyone is over the moon for Miggy to get off the mark.
“There’s been a lot of people from the outside getting on him, but we have always believed in him in the changing room, and we know how important he is to us.
“Everyone is delighted with the three points and it does make it better that Miggy has scored the winning goal.
“I was over the moon for him. It was such a massive goal after we were under the cosh a little bit in the second half.
“When he does that, it made a huge difference for us, and we know how important he is for our team and what people on the outside don’t see.
“He deserved his goal after working so hard every single week.
That finish from Miguel certainly buoyed all of Newcastle, and the elation didn’t just end at the final whistle. That goal claimed us a precious three points and a spot in the top half of the table.
However, it would not have happened if it was for another Magpie that Sean mentioned as being vital to the win yesterday. That’s our terrific goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who was outstanding yet again.
Martin made some crucial saves to keep Palace at bay in claiming his fifth clean sheet of the season. This is what Sean had to say about the Slovakian:
“Palace have got a lot of good forward players and some that are very dangerous who can get at you one versus one which makes them a threat at all times.
“I have to say the back five and Martin were outstanding, particularly Martin.
“He made two big saves to keep us in the game and I think he’s probably the top goalkeeper outside of the top six.
“We’re lucky to have him and once again he’s proved his worth.”
Martin has been outstanding this season. The 30-year-old is one of the biggest reasons we are eeking out these wins. Without him in goal, Newcastle likely would be up against it in such a tight table.
Dubravka is making the saves to keep us in games, and we’re getting timely goals from all over the pitch while our strikers struggle. Yesterday, it was Miguel Almiron getting his first goal at such an opportune moment.
Who Was The Man Of The Match In Win Against Crystal Palace?
- Javier Manquillo (39%, 747 )
- Miguel Almiron (36%, 672 )
- Martin Dubravka (15%, 277 )
- Andy Carroll (5%, 87 )
- Florian Lejeune (2%, 42 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (1%, 17 )
- Joelinton (1%, 17 )
- Paul Dummett (1%, 15 )
- Fabian Schar (1%, 11 )
- Federico Fernandez (0%, 5 )
- Isaac Hayden (0%, 2 )
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