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Local Lad Praises Two Teammates In Saturday’s Win

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 )

Total Voters: 1,892

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17 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #1

    Freely admit i had tears in my eyes when miggy ran to that young lad. Such an outpouring of emotion.

  • Jib

    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #2

    eking out

  • Jib

    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Eeking out is what mice do

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #4


    I had no internet access from 5 onwards till now due to flooding. I will always give credit where it’s due. It wasn’t great to watch but hey a win’s a win and I’ll take winning over style any day. Bruce has got us winning ugly and long may it continue, hopefully all the way to Europe.

    and do please try and remember when you come on here that this is a site for genuine NUFC fans, not Ashley apologists and KK haters. Now run along there’s a good chap.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #5

    First home match for Pearson today.

  • Jib

    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Watford players speaking v highly of him

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Rotonda did you watch the first half? For most of that half apart from the final ball I wouldn’t say it was ugly. It was some of the best football we have played this season.

  • Jib

    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda heights
    I had no internet access from 5 onwards till now due to flooding

    That was convenient

  • Pottsclock

    Dec 22, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #9

    Hayden looked very tired yesterday. It would not surprise me to see the return of “Matty The Manure Slayer” for some of the game on Thursday. Bruce seems to prefer Sean with Shelvey when Hayden is unavailable but that never seems to work well from what I remember.

  • lesh

    Dec 22, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10


    You just can’t stop yourself being a twat can you.

    Does it not occur to you that people have lives to lead and have better things to do than sit over a pc all day, every day. If you do, as you infer, have a wife, it’s be no surprise to learn that she’s happy you’re out of her way

    Give it a rest and think, wonder how you’ve managed to get through life this far and be thankful for small mercies.

  • Jib

    Dec 22, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Calm down dear
    I’m sure NUFC will lose again and give you the
    platform you desperately crave.

  • Jib

    Dec 22, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #12

    I can’t imagine the prickly Nigel Pearson and
    Elton John being big buddies


    Dec 22, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Wasn’t pretty yesterday,but its a win,and great to see miggy score,hope it gives him a confidence boost, we’re doin better then i thought we would so gotta say well done to lads,the coaches,the supporters and especially steve bruce…walked into a shit storm and has so far done canny….silly season(transfer window) is round the corner,we are desperate for a goal scorer…not sure if we’ll get one but if we are to get one player in, let it be a goalscorer please.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 22, 2019 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Yeah a goal scorer added to the team would be good but for arguments sake, if we had a proven 20 goal striker yesterday instead of Carroll or Joelinton up front, what could he do with the service that they got?

    I’m still adamant that our main issues are creative.

    It was good to see us win yesterday though, without ASM and a different formation to what has been getting us results this season.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 22, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #15

    Huge relief of pressure on Almiron’s shoulders,well done wee man! He cares a lot,that much is obvious. What a massive difference that could make to his play now, hopefully he goes from strength to strength.
    Just want one for Joelinton now! Howay santa.

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 22, 2019 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #16

    We are where we are because of shear luck and gung ho attitude or our players. Sometimes team could be lucky (e.g., us in 2011/12) or run out of luck (e.g., us in 1995/96) regardless of who is managing. Attitude of our players at our club has largely remained intact for many years except perhaps over brief periods (e.g., tenures of Souness and McLaren).

    I contine to think we are where we are despite Bruce, not because of him. Despite the results since he arrived my views only got reinforced by his consistent failure to see the benefits of letting players’ operate in their natural positions and by his inability to improve the style or productivity of an individual player or the team.

  • Munster Mag

    Dec 22, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #17

    Well said Springy. Unused, Bruce has come into a post rafa storm as Springy said. He hasn’t, or may not be able to, buy players for certain positions. It’s incredible that a manager can get zero credit for 9th position from the same fans who wud be throwing themselves at the feet of the messiah and proclaiming his genius if Benitez was here. Who is motivating them? Who chose to play Miggy more centrally? Who is with them on the training ground. Benitez?? Remarkable lack of credit. And I doubt you will find one journalist in sync with this Bruce bashing.


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