Newcastle start the new season with a superb performance and three points against Nottingham Forest this afternoon. The Toon Army witnessed a dominating outing from their Magpies en route to a 2-0 victory at St. James’ Park.
Moments of quality from Fabian Schar and Callum Wilson were worth the wait as Newcastle went into the break level despite a dominant first half. The quality shone through in the end as the Magpies were too much for Forest.
Eddie Howe got his team selection right with every player on the pitch making a difference. Dan Burn was superb at the back while Joe Willock’s performance could keep Sean Longstaff on the bench next weekend at Brighton.
This performance has given everyone a lift despite an already buoyant mood on Tyneside. After the match, a thrilled Howe touched on the positives of today’s excellent display. Here is what the boss said as published in Newcastle World:
“I’m feeling very positive after watching that – I thought the players were excellent from start to finish. It was a performance of real promise.
“I’m always going to push the players for more – I said at that half-time, we had produced a very positive performance until the last action. We need to be more ruthless as we know tough this league can be.
“It was missing the icing on the cake – Fabian brought that. When he was lining up to shoot I was questioning his decision but it was the right one. He’s capable of the unexpected.
“We’ve got a few weeks left to try to get the right player that will make a difference for us.”
This was a perfect start to the campaign. On the back of his new contract, Howe has shown his fingerprints are now all over this team. The pre-season went very well and today’s match shows there is a lot to be excited about moving forward.
Here is the first of hopefully many post-win team pictures.
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