After Aston Villa had won 9 games and had one draw in their first 10 league games at home this season, Newcastle inflicted the first defeat on the Villians tonight at Villa Park in the league.
And it was two goals from center-back Fabian Schar and an own goal from Alex Moreno that had Newcastle 3-0 up after 52 minutes before Ollie Watkins pulled one back for Villa.
Newcastle were 2-0 up from Schar’s brace at half time and Newcastle are again showing that intensity and energy we showed last season and in the first half of this season.
The lads have recovered from their two games a week escapade.
After 32 minutes, Kieran Trippier put in a terrific corner, and Schar, who has a (very) good habit of scoring goals, volleyed the ball home.
And then four minutes later Gordon’s shot from range was deflected onto the cross-bar and it was Schar again who put the ball home.
And he must have been thinking of a possible hat-trick right there.
An own goal from Moreno for Newcastle and a goal from Ollie Watkins completed the 3-1 scoreline.
It was a terrific 3 points for Newcastle after we had suffered four successive league defeats.
And we are back, but of course, we have picked up another injury with Isak injured in the game.
We are now on 32 points from our 22 league games and are now (only?) 11 points behind 4th-placed Villa.
We are 3 points from 6th placed West Ham, with a better goal difference.
And maybe Newcastle will now try to bring in a decent striker in the final two days of this January transfer window.
What do you think?