Date: Sunday 21st June 2020, 2.00pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
Programme: No hard copy was issued by NUFC but the full size 68
page issue was available as a free download.
3 - 0
Half time: Magpies 0 Blades 0
55 mins Danny
Rose took a throw-in deep in his own half down the left, the bounce catching
out both Joelinton and an opponent. Matt Ritchie ran onto the loose ball and
pushed forward along the touchline and towards the Gallowgate End, Chris
Basham shadowing but making no challenge.
Miguel Almiron was available on the overlap as Ritchie neared the corner of
the Blades area but instead he played a low infield pass across the box that
Enda Stevens seemed certain to reach and clear from the penalty spot.
Somehow the Ireland international managed to miss the ball completely,
allowing the lurking Allan Saint-Maximin to beat Henderson at his
near post with a low right foot shot from the angle of the six yard box.
69 mins Attempting to attack down the
Newcastle right Saint-Maximin ran into a blind alley and checked back half
as the ball began to run away from him and Oli McBurnie half-cleared it
Jonjo Shelvey beat Oliver Norwood and Isaac Hayden took possession before
slipping it towards Matt Ritchie towards the left. With George
Baldock back-pedalling ahead of him, Ritchie strode forward before catching
it with his left foot from 22 yards as John Lundstram caught up with him.
Goalkeeper Henderson was completely bamboozled by the in-swinging effort.
78 mins An aimless ball out of defence was headed across the centre circle
by McBurnie and fell for Saint-Maximin, who scooped it towards
He took a controlling touch before pushing it out to Almiron his left as
former Magpie Basham attempted to intervene. Miggy got into the area and
squared the ball for the Joelinton to flick home from close range - a
replica of the finish in his side's first post-lockdown kickabout here two
The scorer hammered the turf with his hand in delight before putting the
ball up his shirt and joining new father Jamaal Lascelles in a thumb-sucking
celebration. That bairn wasn't conceived when he last scored in the PL!
Full time: Magpies 3 Blades 0
Steve Bruce said:
"I am sure the fans will have been watching at
their homes, have had a tin of beer and have celebrated a 3-0 win.
(Joelinton) wants to do well: it’s never easy being given the
number nine shirt to play for Newcastle, never. With the history of
the club and what it is, it thrives on the number nine.
"He’s a young lad, and to come from a different country and league,
there’s no doubt he’s found it tough. He found it tough today again,
but he’s got a goal and hopefully that will make him a lot better.
"He wants to achieve things, and when they’ve got a good attitude
like he has, you know they’re going to be okay. He’s scored a goal,
and we’ve been working on getting him into that area in the box.
"Something like 68% of goals are scored there, and we
got two of them in there today with Allan (Saint-Maximin) and him.
I’m very, very pleased.
"When somebody wants to achieve something and do well, we all want him to do
well too. He’s a really genuinely good lad, and he gives his all for the
"Once you keep doing that, and you’re a team player
like he is, then you’re going to get the respect of everybody. I think we’re
all just delighted for him. That’s two or three he’s got over the last few
"Personally, he’s probably suffered in the lockdown more than anybody. He’s
had no family here, no friends, and he’s been holed up in an apartment
"It’s been really, really difficult for him, and I’m
delighted for him because he’s a genuinely good pro and he can only get
"We tried to change early in the season, but the one thing I detected very
quickly is that they weren’t ready for change. With the experience I’d like
to think I’ve got, I just said, ‘Why change it? Let them be comfortable’.
"But the time came when I thought our big players at the top end of the
pitch weren’t becoming a threat in the final third. They were working so
hard for the team, but we had lost that bit of counter-attacking threat.
"I didn’t think we were a big enough threat, so the time was right to
change. It’s proven at the moment that they’re enjoying it, and we’re
certainly more of a threat. We scored three against West Brom in the cup tie
and scored three again today. Things are looking up.
"After the restart, the one thing you want to do is get off to a good start:
although my staff have just said it could only happen to me that we have a
3-0 win and there’s nobody here to see it!”
On the sending-off:
"(The first yellow) was a little bit handbags. I don't think either
of them deserved a yellow card but I can understand how Chris (Wilder)
"The second one was a yellow, it could have been a red maybe. The big
decisions in big games, you need them to go for you.”
Chris Wilder said:
"'I'm sick and tired of people
talking about the Champions League and Europe and what a great season we
"This is what is happening in the present and at the moment we have produced
two bang average performances.
"There is no flow to our
play which there was in the period leading to the lockdown. It's a double
whammy – we are not that fluent and we are making mistakes.
"I think the players need to give themselves a shake. You have to play at a
maximum to get a result in this league and we usually have done all season.
"We’re just off the pace at the minute and I can’t put my finger on it.
"They were poor goals from our point of view. We looked a bit sorry for
ourselves late on and that’s what disappoints me. We haven’t got a long time
and I didn’t enjoy that, and the players understand that as well.
"Players need to give themselves a shake. We have to
play at our max to get a result in this division.
“We can’t play at 75 per cent or in second gear, there
might be periods when that happens but we have to be full at tilt and
On the sending-off:
"The dynamics of the game completely changed when John (Egan) went
"It is a really poor decision. John’s tried to take a quick free kick and
the boy’s got hold of the ball, (usually) the referee pushes both
players away and gets on with it.
"Me and Steve (Bruce) were astonished that they
got yellow cards. The second one was a definite yellow but (the first)
is ridiculous, the game hasn’t changed that much and if so it’s in a
worse place than it should be.
“Two boys showing a bit of angst against each other,
and it wasn’t managed by the referee. Does it play a part in the result? Of
course, because we’re a man light and then we give away a poor goal."
Newcastle returned to action by playing their
first competitive game in the month of June since a 2-4 defeat at Newport
County on June 7th 1947.
Blades in Toon - last 10:
2019/20 won 3-0 Saint-Maximin, Ritchie, Joelinton
2009/10 won 2-1 Lovenkrands, Nolan
2006/07 lost 0-1
1999/00 won 4-1 Shearer, Dabizas, Ferguson, Gallacher (FAC)
1993/94 won 4-0 Beardsley 2, OG, Cole
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn
1988/89 won 2-0 Hendrie, Mirandinha (LC)
1985/86 drew 1-1 Cunningham (FR)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder
1976/77 won 3-1 T.Craig, Burns, McCaffery (FAC)
Newcastle's 950th PL game saw them record win number 356, of which
this was the 239th of 475 at SJP. A sixth home win of the season means that they've
exceeded their previous worst tally in the PL (five in
Matt Ritchie ended a 1,396 minute wait for a PL goal since
netting at Bournemouth in March 2019. The gap between Joelinton's first PL strike at Spurs last August
and his second against the Blades was 2,131 minutes.
That three goal salvo increased our home PL tally to 15 for
the season, three ahead of Crystal Palace who had been level with us before today.
Following a 2-0 success at Bramall Lane in December, Newcastle
completed their second league double of the season,
Southampton being the first.
Newcastle scored more than two goals in a PL home game for
the first time this season. The last time they achieved that feat
was when Southampton were defeated 3-1 here in April 2019.
One has to go back a month previous to that to find the last time
that we scored three times in one half (PL) before today: turning a
0-2 interval deficit against Everton into a 3-2 victory.
A third successive clean sheet in the PL means that it's now 316
minutes since we last conceded a goal in that competition, when
Patrick van Aanholt struck for Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Since Leicester City's Hamza Choudury shot home in the closing
stages of his side's 3-0 win at SJP on New Years Day, no visiting
player has scored here in the PL - a run now stretching to 363
That run includes four successive home clean sheets in the
Premier League - the first time that the Magpies have managed that
since March and April 2012. The 2012 sequence was eventually halted
after 496 minutes.
(The last opposition goal at SJP in 2020 came from Rochdale's Jordan
Williams in the FA Cup, 454 minutes ago).
Newcastle have conceded just 12 times at home in their 15 PL
home games; the joint best tally in the Premier League this season,
along with Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United.
Magpies @ SJP 2019/20 (PL):
(half time score in brackets)
Arsenal lost 0-1 (0-0)
Watford drew 1-1 (1-1)
Brighton drew 0-0 (0-0)
Manchester United won 1-0 (0-0)
Wolves drew 1-1 (1-0)
Bournemouth won 2-1 (1-1)
Manchester City drew 2-2 (1-1)
Southampton won 2-1 (0-0)
Crystal Palace won 1-0 (0-0)
Everton lost 1-2 (0-1)
Leicester City lost 0-3 (0-2)
Chelsea won 1-0 (0-0)
Norwich City drew 0-0 (0-0)
Burnley drew 0-0 (0-0)
Sheffield United won 3-0 (0-0)
Taking full advantage of the temporary rule change, Newcastle made
the maximum of five replacements for the
first time in a competitive game.
United's loan trio of Nabil Bentaleb, Valentino Lazaro and
Danny Rose all featured in this game after agreement was reached
with them and their parent clubs on short-term extensions to remain
at SJP this season.
Four first team squad members meanwhile were in a similar situation,
with their current deals at SJP expiring in the coming days. No
confirmation of what duration deals have been agreed was
forthcoming, but Andy Carroll and Javier Manquillo both played
Matty Longstaff meanwhile was missing due to injury, while Rob
Elliot is in the 25 PL squad but wasn't involved in today's matchday
Second half strikes from Allan Saint-Maximin,
Matt Ritchie and Joelinton gave Steve Bruce the most resounding
Premier League victory of his Magpies managerial career on Sunday
Newcastle scored three times in front of a deserted Gallowgate End
following the 50th minute dismissal of Blade John Egan for a second
The ex-mackem was booked following a first half flare-up with Joelinton and sent off after hauling down the home side's number
9 en route to goal.
Within five minutes an awful defensive rick from Enda Stevens
gave Saint Maximin the chance to hammer in his side's first home
goal in 325 minutes.
Matt Ritchie then finished to banish his own goal famine before an
exchange of passes between Saint-Maximin, Joelinton and Almiron
ended with the Brazilian doubling his league tally from close range.
Returning to competitive action after an enforced 106 day break
since their 1-0 victory at Southampton, 10 of the 11 fielded at St.
Mary's by Newcastle were retained, Joelinton returning at the
expense of Dwight Gayle.
The number 9 missed the best chance in the 17th minute of
a low-key first half, striding into the opposition box before
inexplicably spooning his shot towards goalkeeper Dean Henderson.
At the other end, Chris Wilders side quickly faded after forcing a
handful of early dead ball situations; fit-again Martin Dubravka
under-employed in recording his third successive clean sheet.
The only time that looked in any doubt was at 1-0, when Billy Sharp
got in front of Javier Manquillo and met a right wing cross at the
back post, but headed wide.
Victory for the Magpies took them to 38 points, 11 clear of the
relegation zone. Initially 12th, a point for Everton against
Liverpool on Sunday night left Newcastle in 13th - as they had been
after their previous game.
As the manager himself observed, it's typical of this club to go
goal crazy when their long-suffering supporters are forced to watch
The lack of a crowd did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm of Saint-Maximin,
who began on the left flank but swapped sides with Ritchie after the
break, scampering around like he'd never been away.
Those questioning whether his desire to dribble would diluted by the
lack of a crowd obviously didn't see lockdown videos of him
nutmegging his pooch...
While ASM was deservedly voted man of the match by Sky Sports
though, the contribution of Joelinton was a positive one, albeit
Taking up a good position when Almiron made it to the byline after
10 minutes but saw his pullback blocked, things hardly augured well
for the number 9 when he supplied a woeful non-finish soon after.
At that point, any notions that Joelinton could prosper playing
behind closed doors seemed beyond hopeful; his apparent fear of
crowds matched by apprehension when confronted with open spaces....
But clashes with Egan in either half ultimately tipped the numerical
balance in our favour and at the risk of being obvious, his
close-range finish was only possible because he actually made it
into the area for oncee - and the uncharted territory of the
opposition six yard box.
We've celebrated strikers here before for their aerial prowess,
long-range shooting ability and various other attributes. £40m (or
whatever) seems like a lot to pay for a goal poacher, but
conversions from two yards are as precious as those from 22.
Put him in the box, give him the ball and he might just score. Quite
why this has taken so long (15 PL home games) beggars belief.
The poorness of the visitors and the sending-off helped make this a
good day for Newcastle, but Bruce's side look to have benefited from
the enforced break and emerged in rather better nick than they went
The Southampton scoreline masked what was an inept display against
ten men for over an hour and a failure to score in any of our four
league games before that was hardly a viewing feast.
At least one of our players may not have
"given a f**k"
about the nation's morale, but today's game - and outcome - was a
boost for supporters who endured a bloody awful few months in their
work and home lives, not to mention the ongoing takeover
All a bit odd, but it's good to be back.