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Season 2022-23
Brentford (h) Premier League


Saturday 8th October 2022, 3.00pm

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Tenacious





5 - 1





21 mins A cross by Kieran Trippier from the right following Almiron's pass from a corner was headed home by Bruno Guimaraes and although Raya got a hand to it, the ball went into the Leazes net via the far post. 1-0

28 mins Callum Wilson intercepted Raya's attempted pass out of defence after Mathias Jensen had played the ball back to his 'keeper. Wilson could have shot but coolly passed to Jacob Murphy who slotted the ball home with the easiest of finishes. 2-0

Half time: Magpies 2 Bees 0

54 mins An unfortunate handball in the box by Dan Burn gave Ivan Toney the chance to net against his old side for the second season running - and the striker gave Nick Pope no chance from 12 yards. Burn had his arm above his head and the ball was headed onto it by Aaron Hickey, referee John Brooks awarding the spot-kick straight away without any VAR intervention. 2-1

56 mins Brentford looked break out of defence through Shandon Baptiste, but Dan Burn's presence blocked his run towards the halfway line on the right. Pushing the ball back to Aaron Hickey, the defender was promptly swamped by Bruno and Murphy, with Willock also in attendance.

Bruno Guimaraes emerged in possession and set off for goal, slamming a right-footed effort into the net from 20 yards. The shot almost hit Wilson en route to goal, but the striker was able to take evasive action. 3-1

82 mins Ethan Pinnock was panicked into an attempted back pass by Miggy Almiron, who beat Raya to the ball and netted with a routine finish after rounding the goalkeeper.

The scorer ran to the Strawberry Corner and leapt over the barrier to hold up a Paraguay flag which the referee slightly surprisingly didn't deem worthy of a caution.

90 mins Allan Saint-Maximin sent a lovely ball down the left to Joelinton. His cross from the byline was prodded into his own net at the ear post by the hapless Pinnock under pressure from Chris Wood. 5-1

Full time: Magpies 5 Bees 1

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"It was a brilliant anniversary; the atmosphere was incredible. We’ve got a lot to prove, but, yes, the intention, the challenge, is to be as entertaining as them (Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson's NUFC sides).

Today was a tough game. Brentford make it very difficult for you. We had a bit of a slow start but the first goal changed everything from our perspective.

"If you look where the goals came from today our intensity and pressing, we forced them into errors and we got rewarded for that. Overall a great day for us.

"I think the complexion has changed off the back of the last two results. We were well aware that those draws we got earlier in the season were going to be judged on what we did after, not necessarily at the time. They’re good points if you then go and win, but they’re disappointing points if you don’t.

"Thankfully, we’ve gone back to back and won the games we needed to. Now, we enter a really tough three-game week, and we’re well aware that those games are difficult.

"We’ll enjoy tonight, and enjoy the feeling of how well the team has done, but then quickly focus on what’s ahead."

On Almiron:

"It is all about building consistency to his game but he has performed brilliantly off the ball and now he is adding goals to that."

On Trippier, ASM and Joelinton:

"He just had a bit of fatigue I think today. He’s come back from England duty where he didn’t play, and that two weeks can sometimes just knock a player’s normal routine and schedule.

"Touch wood, there’s no injury with him, but we’re just trying to look after him really and get him through these games.

"I was able to protect a couple of players. Maxi is only just back training with us, and entering the first stages of his recovery, so we didn’t have to start him.

"Joelinton, we were able to give another week to his knee, to recover. They were huge positives because entering a three-game week, we’re going to need the whole squad.”

On Bruno:

"I find it difficult with that number (his £36m transfer fee), but I would say that he’s a bargain in today’s current climate. He’s absolutely a bargain because he’s had a huge effect on the team and the club.

"In today’s market, that is a relatively modest sum, which I can’t really believe I’m saying. But it is.

"No disrespect to anyone I’ve played with, but they can’t compare to Bruno, maybe bar Jermain Defoe, who was incredible in his early days. But there’d be no one else like him.

"In terms of coaching, I’ve coached some really good individuals, but he would be right up there. He’s an incredible talent and an incredible person. We love him to bits, and we’re enjoying watching him, coaching him and playing a part in his development.

"It’s an amazing thing for us to have him, it’s not just the player, it’s the person as well. I can’t say how good a person he is, he’s a pleasure to coach and be around.

"He’s a really positive person, an energiser, and someone I love to coach and be with. I think everyone here connected with the club – me, the players, the supporters – absolutely love him.

"I said to him to run himself out, and then once he was done, let me know. I think the beauty of Bruno is that he won’t let the team down – when he gets to the point where he’s finished and done, he’s obviously building up his fitness levels after his injury, then he takes responsibility and lets me know. I was able to withdraw him.”

Club Chairman Yasir Al-Rumayyan wrote an open letter to supporters:

To all the fans of Newcastle United Football Club,

Thank you for your incredible support. I am very conscious of the contributions that you all make – on and off the field. Football clubs are driven by their fans. And this Club’s fans are more passionate and more committed than any others. I have seen for myself on many occasions how Newcastle fans have lifted our team.

As we mark the first anniversary of our takeover of the Club, it seemed appropriate to take the time to say thank you – on behalf of the Newcastle Board.

The first game after the takeover will live long in my memory. The feeling of pride at holding the black and white scarf as I entered the stadium. The collective roar of 52,000 of you and the unrivalled, electric atmosphere of St. James’ Park on match-day. I will never forget the warmth of your welcome to my fellow board members and me on that October day.

A year ago, we set out some principles in an open letter that framed our thinking as custodians of the Club. We told you that we wanted to build, over time, a consistently successful team. And we told you that we were focused on long-term success.

There is still a long way to go, but each season is a building block towards our objective – to challenge for trophies both domestically and in Europe. The Club we are building is made up of people who understand our long-term vision, and who understand the patience and persistence that it will take to achieve those goals.

Those values are reflected in the players that we bring to the Club. Bringing the women’s team into direct ownership of the Club is a part of that plan. Progress won’t always be smooth – but we will always forge ahead. You can rest assured that we are all working very hard to drive the Club forward.

The support of our fans and the Newcastle community is an incredible motivation for us. It will never be taken for granted.

Yours, Yasir Al-Rumayyan

They Said

Thomas Frank said:

"We know the first goal in a match is very important. That said, when we lose 5-1 we shouldn't lose time on that. I think it was offside actually, so I think it was correctly disallowed.

"That's the most difficult part of being a football manager - after you lose a game, when you lose the way we did today, and trying to control your emotions and stay calm.

"We let the fans down today; in football and in life, all that matters is how we bounce back.

"Newcastle won fair and square. It's very difficult to win a football match if you make four big mistakes - two huge build-up mistakes, an own goal and a mistake on the set piece.

"Fair play to Newcastle but it's a relatively simple thing to do, to follow a man. We live by the philosophy that we win or learn, so we definitely learned a lot today.

"I’m convinced we’ll bounce back, but that was very painful. I never thought we’d concede five goals but I’m very impressed by Newcastle; they have a lot of power and dynamism.”


Newcastle scored five times in the Premier League for the first time since the 5-1 home win over Spurs in May 2016

Following their four goal salvo at Fulham a week earlier, another five goals for United means that they've scored four goals or more in successive PL games for the first time since September 2001 (4-1 at Boro then 4-3 at home to Manchester United).

The last time that Newcastle scored a total of at least nine goals across two PL games was in September 1999 when they hit ten (8-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday then 2-3 at Leeds United).

Bruno Guimaraes
opened his account for the season, increasing his PL return to seven goals. That takes him one ahead of David Ginola and level with Mark Viduka, Carl Cort, Jonas Gutierrez, Stephen Glass and SJP team-mate Matt Ritchie.

Miguel Almiron
's fourth goal of the season moves him one clear of Callum Wilson as 2022/23 PL top scorer. Four goals matches Miggy's best PL seasonal total (2019/20 and 2020/21).

The Paraguayan now has 13 PL goals, one ahead of current colleague Allan Saint-Maximin and SJP old boys Ruel Fox, Kevin Nolan and Steven Taylor. He joins Hatem Ben Arfa on 13 goals. It was Miggy's 100th PL start for the club.

Jacob Murphy
now has five PL goals to his name as a Magpie, moving one ahead of fellow midfielder Sean Longstaff.

Ethan Pinnock registered United's 1,394th goal in the PL - and the 44th to be credited as an own goal. That moves own goals one ahead of both Andy Cole and Shola Ameobi and into third place in our all-time PL scorers list (Peter Beardsley is second on 46, Alan Shearer first on 148).

Bees in Toon - all-time:

2022/23 won 5-1 Guimaraes 2, Murphy, Almiron, og(Pinnock) (PL)
drew 3-3 Lascelles, Joelinton, Saint-Maxmin (PL)
2016/17 won 3-1 Clark, Gayle 2 (Ch)
2001/02 won 4-1 Ameobi, Bellamy 3 (LC)
1992/93 won 5-1 Kelly, Bracewell, Clark 2, Lee (D1)
1954/55 won 3-2 Curry, Hannah, Mitchell (FA)
1947/48 won 1-0 Woodburn (D2)
1934/35 lost 2-5 Gallantree, Kelly (D2)



Newcastle stylishly celebrated the first anniversary of their takeover on Saturday with another goal-laden display lifting them up to fifth in the Premier League.

Two goals, a virtuoso performance and a new blonde barnet saw Bruno Guimaraes rightly hog the headlines, but vital contributions came from across the field as United posted back to back victories.

Successive home draws against Crystal Palace and Bournemouth had seen Newcastle struggle to break down unimaginative opponents, but here today the visitors were more positive - and eminently susceptible to the tenacious pressing game that forced them into errors.

For a second successive season, the visit of Brentford brought six goals - but where the points were shared last year in a 3-3 draw, anything other than a home win never looked likely once Bryan Mbeumo's 10th minute strike was ruled out by VAR for an offside by Ivan Toney.

An unchanged starting line came close to opening the scoring after six minutes, when a dangerous run and shot by Miguel Almiron brought a fine save out of David Raya in the Leazes End goal.

The disallowed Bees goal acted as spur to both home players and supporters, with the breakthrough coming on 21 minutes when a cross by Kieran Trippier from the right following Almiron's corner was headed home by Bruno.

The Bees were to be architects of their own downfall; some criminally negligent defending handing United two goals before an own goal compounded their misery still further.

The first of those saw Callum Wilson intercept Raya's attempted pass out of defence and coolly prompt Jacob Murphy with the easiest of finishes for 2-0.

A handball in the box by Dan Burn eight minutes into the second half then gave Toney the chance to net against his old side for the second season running - and the striker gave Nick Pope no chance from 12 yards.

Any notions Thomas Frank's side entertained of finding an equaliser were be almost immediately dispelled however; Bruno winning back possession before advancing to slam a right-footed effort into the net from outside the box.

Brentford then laid United's fourth goal on a plate; Ethan Pinnock panicked into an attempted backpass by Miggy Almiron, who beat the goalkeeper to the ball and netted with a routine finish.

The scoring was then rounded off in the last minute of normal time, when a left wing centre by Joelinton was prodded into his own net by the hapless Pinnock under pressure from Wood.

That goal gave Eddie Howe his biggest victory since replacing that bloke trying to get West Brom relegated - Newcastle scoring five times in the Premier League for the first time in over six years. 

Alexander Isak and Jonjo Shelvey weren't fit enough to be selected, but the introduction of Joelinton, Chris Wood, Allan Saint-Maximin and Elliot Anderson underlined the resources now at Howe's disposal.

Equally significant though is the work done by the manager and his staff to improve the players in the starting line-up: Joe Willock showing glimpses of his former self, Sean Longstaff clearly enjoying his football; Almiron reborn and unplayable in a good way. Dan Burn at left back however still causes occasional consternation....

Summarising the 2-3 defeat here to Spurs a year ago, we spoke of the fervour and potential evident to the new owners here and our hope that better times lay ahead once the rot was stopped.

12 months on, the sleeping giant is starting to flex its muscles, and quite frankly, it's bloody brilliant.


We were saddened to learn of Neil Templeman's passing ahead of this game. A lifelong fan, Neil's passion for all things black and white was evident in this custom paint work on one of his trucks. RIP.

There's a facebook video of that truck online here

Page last updated 08 November, 2022