Newcastle United, last season’s surprise third place finishers, ahead of the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea, have created a milestone last night in Bramall Lane when they send Sheffield United packing, at their own home, thumping them 0-8, setting the joint biggest victory record in the Premier League. Along with the score line, they have created a record of winning the game with eight different goal scorers, a history they have equaled with their 1999 outing against Sheffield Wednesday.
Newcastle United with a statement victory
Newcastle United has been one of the better teams in Europe since last season. With the signing of Sandro Tonali from AC Milan this season, coupled with the might of Kieran Trippier and Alexander Isak’s striking prowess, the Magpies have stated themselves as one of the strong teams in the Premier League. Last season, they had set the milestone of finishing on the third position, ahead of several top heavyweights like Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, thus achieving the status of playing in the coveted Champions League, where they are grouped with AC Milan, PSG and Dortmund. Last night, they have showed their class and proved their mettle once again as they thumped Sheffield United 0-8, in their home ground, thus matching the feat of 1999 game against Sheffield Wednesday. Along with the score line, it was seen that the Magpies have won the game with eight different scorers, thus extensively showcasing their uprising class in England.
Sheffield United would not have thought of this mauling as they fielded a strong eleven in response to Newcastle’s might. But little did they imagine that they would be sent ‘home’ in their home ground, in front of several home fans. This out-worldly mauling in the hands of Newcastle was the biggest loss for the Blades, and Newcastle’s biggest away victory. The Magpies opened the scoring on 21st minute through Sean Longstaff, after which it was raining goals at the Bramall Lane. The floodgates opened as Dan Burn scored a second with a voluptuous header as Botman completed the first half rout of 3-0 within 35 minutes, thus demolishing the hearts of Sheffield within the first half, as the Blades’ fans had little imagination what Howe’s side would do in the second half. Kieran Trippier was instrumental in assisting two goals as he was en route to create history, by becoming a defender who provided a hattrick of assists.
Scoring streak continues…
As soon as the half-time break ended, Newcastle did not give the Blades a respite from their scoring spree, as they continued their onslaught, piling more misery on Sheffield. Former Atletico Madrid defender Trippier got his name on the third assist when he found a gap in the right wing, slotting the ball to Callum Wilson, who headed the ball from a close range, with the Magpies scoring the fourth of the night. Anthony Gordon was instrumental in spearheading the attack after being substituted early in the game, as he hit the back of the net with a shot outside from the box, adding more to the woes for Blades. The Blades’ supporters were headed for an early exit, just within the hour mark, as Newcastle’s veteran Almiron netted the sixth of the night, as he ran riot around the Sheffield defense, after assisted by Bruno Guimaraes.
Eddie Howe said about his team’s goal scoring onslaught, as he was heard saying, “We shared them [goals] around a bit today. I thought we were really good from the start and when the goals came I felt the confidence in the team returned. The big thing for us was that we really wanted to score and we weren’t content with three. I want that mentality to run through the team.”
Guimaraes himself got his name registered on the scoresheet when the ball fell to his feet from a rebound shot, and he fired past opponent custodian, before Swedish super sub Alexander Isak netted the eighth of the night, completing the rout in the game, as Magpies became the first team to win a game 8-0 with eight different scorers.
Sheffield manager Paul Heckingbottom said about his responsibility after the game, as he believed that the Blades have got a hard beating from one of the bests, which will help them to learn about the upcoming fixtures. He was head saying, “It’s the nature of the performance that we’re upset about… We can’t afford to put ourselves behind in that fashion if we want to compete. It’s the second half that I’m upset with. Regardless of the errors which led to goals, we need to make sure we learn from that. A lot of things I saw in the second half, I’ve never seen here.”