22 mins Kieran
Trippier's flag kick from the North West Corner was directed at Callum Wilson on
the near post. He was shoved out of the way by Deniz
Undav, who rose with colleague Moises Caicedo in close attendance and helped
the ball on its way into the far side of his own net. 1-0
45+4 mins Trippier
again provided the assist, this time curling in a free kick from the right side
of the box attacking the Leazes End. With alleged marker Undav looking on, Dan
Burn rose to direct a cushioned header down and into the net from six yards
The former Brighton player didn't hold back on his celebrations, indulging in a
knee slide before being mobbed by his colleagues - Trippier and Sven Botman
pushing him towards the celebrating fans. 2-0
Magpies 2 Seagulls
51 mins Seconds
after Jason Steele pulled off a block to deny Miggy Almiron from close range,
the visitors counter-attacked; Billy Gilmour striding forward unchecked into the
Newcastle half before threading a low curling pass upfield to Deniz
He got ahead of Fabian Schar and dashed into the
box before firing underneath Nick Pope and into the centre of the net from 12
yards. A VAR review confirmed the scorer was onside. 2-1
89 mins A
no-nonsense shoulder charge from Trippier by his own corner flag on the United
right on accounted for Mitoma and the captain played a short pass down the
touchline to Elliot Anderson.
His instant delivery infield to Almiron took another opponent out of contention
and a change of pace and direction by Miggy left Caicedo trailing in his wake. A
pass bisecting two Brighton players on the halfway line set Callum Wilson
away and with Alexis Mac Allister engaged in a fruitless pursuit, Newcastle's
number 9 finished confidently between Steele and his near post.
Fears that the goal would be chalked off due to offside were banished by a
well-timed replay of the crucial pass on the stadium's big screen - kudos to
whoever managed to do that. 3-1
90+1 mins Isak
easily dispossessed Caicedo just over halfway and promptly dispatched a perfect
pass to find Callum Wilson powering between two defenders. He continued his run
into the area before turning inside Lewis Dunk and dumping him on his backside.
Looking up he rolled the ball into the path of Bruno Guimaraes, who
rattled in a first-time rising shot from 12 yards out.
Elaborate series of celebrations followed from the goalscorer; pointing to
himself, knee sliding, climbing on the hoardings, fingers in ears, cuddles with
colleagues, badge tugs, forming an "A" with his fingers and then a
heart sign - the latter pair dedicated to four year-old leukaemia victim Arthur
Salters-Hoult, currently in the RVI 4-1
Magpies 4 Seagulls
"The Champions League is so close, but so far away as well. We will
enjoy tonight but we are focused on our next match.
"We were just pleased with the performance, to beat a side of their
quality. We are not looking too far ahead: when it's done, I'll talk about it
for fun if you want.
"I thought we were outstanding. I feel that's very much us at our best in
that first half. We were relentless with what we did and full credit to the
players for what they gave physically.
"It's very difficult to maintain that for the full game. When
Brighton scored, we were mature with what he had to do during that period before
we got the late goals.
"I thought we were fantastic in the details and the distances. We won
the ball back so many times and we were just frustrated we hadn't scored from
open play (before half time).
"We were reliant with set-plays, but as first halves go, we were
delighted by half-time. The players adapted really well and we were patient. The
crowd helped us get over the line and the third goal was crucial.
"It's a huge win for us - I know it's a bit of a cliche, but it won't mean
anything if we don't back it up on Monday night and that's an incredibly
difficult game. After the high of today and what we've given in the match, we
know we have to repeat it.
"Nothing is given to you in the Premier League. We know Leicester's
qualities, so we have to be very calm, recover well and we have to have the same
focus and mentality that we had today.
"I take great pride in the performance tonight. I'll go back home, watch
the game and I'll be, I hope, really proud of what I see, really enthused by the
players delivering a brilliant product to watch for our supporters.
"The excitement stuff doesn't really exist in this job because you
know there's just another game and another challenge and it won't stop even if
we hit our goal.
"There'll just be another challenge and it will hit us in the face next
On his ailing squad:
"I’ll be straight to the physio room after this to see how
everybody is. We’ve got a few concerns. The lads gave so much to the game.
They’ve given a lot to the season, physically.
"It looks like Joe (Willock) may be in trouble with his
hamstring. We might lose him for the season, but that’s unclear as I sit here
“Joelinton is a machine – he’ll literally run through the brick wall
for the team and the club. He succumbed to the brick wall, but hopefully he’ll
be okay. Fingers crossed, our team is going to be strong.”
On Callum Wilson:
"He's been incredible and I feel that his performance was right up there
with one of the best I've seen him play, purely from a tactical perspective.
"He has to lead the press and the one we bounce off initially. He
kept going right until the end and his goalscoring record is excellent.
"I'm delighted for him, he's a huge player for us and a big presence
in the dressing room."
On Miguel Almiron:
"It's definitely worth me commenting on his professionalism and what he did
"He picked up an innocuous looking injury. It was actually from
shooting in training but on the scan it was quite bad.
"We feared we might not see him again for a large part of the season
but he worked incredibly hard with Danny Marti, one of the physios here.
"They worked in tandem with each other. He went to Barcelona for a
couple of injections but the work and commitment he's given to get back as
quickly as possible has been brilliant to see."
Roberto De Zerbi said:
"We deserved to lose the game. I don't want to make any excuses. We didn't
play well in the first half so we deserved to lose the game.
"We conceded two goals from two set
pieces but we didn't play well. We didn't stay in the best conditions, we have a
lot of injuries, but we have the possibility to win on Sunday.
"We knew it would be a tough game but
we're strong and we'll prepare the next game in the best way. We suffered
physically against Newcastle and there were many players who didn't play in the
last period, but I don't need to say anything because we knew it would be
"We have to forget this day and prepare
the next game [against Southampton]. It is a very important match in front of
our fans. Newcastle deserve to qualify for the Champions League.
"They won against Man United
2-0, and they deserved to win, and in the first half with Arsenal, they were
unlucky. They're a strong team, a very good team.
"(It was) difficult for us, especially today, because we weren't
with many powerful players with energy. We deserved to lose the game. I don't
want to make any excuse. I think we play not good in the first half, and
deserved to lose the game.
"We have to be strong in a tough
period. I don’t love to make an excuse but we have eight, nine, I don’t know
how many injuries we have. We are
playing four games in 12 days.
We knew before the game the situation was
difficult...I think we will be able
to qualify anyway for Europe. We have to win two games. We play in our stadium
with our fans. In our stadium we play with 12 players.
"It is a difficult period but to
qualify for the Europa League we have to be stronger than everything. If we
qualify in the Europa League we reach an historic target. We have the right
motivation, we have the right energy to fight until the end.
"(Tonight) we didn’t
understand well the man who could play and the man was Estupinan – and Caicedo,
the full-backs. We didn’t understand the situation. We didn’t find the right
“We are not used to playing three games in
a week and we suffer a lot. Moises Caicedo, Pervis, Mitoma - in the first half
they don’t play well but I love them.
“They have to learn to play two games in
four days. We are not used to it yet but next year we will be better, we will be
ready to play every day."
PL home win number 11 for Newcastle this season, equaling the
total in the 2011/12, 2005/06 and 2003/04 campaigns. One has to go back to
the 15 victories of 2002/03 for a better return.
NUFC PL all-time top scorers:
Callum Wilson 38
Les Ferdinand 41
Shola Ameobi 43
Andy Cole 43
Peter Beardsley 46
Alan Shearer 148
Dan Burn scored his first goal for Newcastle in the PL, becoming the 162nd
Magpie to find the net from the 256 to have represented us in that
competition. He's the 58th English-born player to net in the
PL for United - and the first from Blyth.
Newcastle set a new club record for their lowest number of
defeats in any top flight season (Division One and Premier League).
With two games left they've lost five, meaning they'll better their
previous best return of eight, recorded in 1995/96, 1996/97 and 2003/04.
The fewest number of losses by United in any league season is four, in the
2009/10 Championship season.
Eddie Howe's side scored four goals or more in a PL game for
the eighth time this season, achieving something in eight months
that had taken United a over decade to do previously.
These are the last 16 occasions on which a Newcastle side have reached
EH May 2023 Brighton (h) won 4-1
EH Apr 2023 Everton (a) won 4-1
EH Apr 2023 Spurs (h) won 6-1
EH Apr 2023 West Ham (a) won 5-1
EH Nov 2022 Southampton (a) won 4-1
EH Oct 2022 Aston Villa (h) won 4-0
EH Oct 2022 Brentford (h) won 5-1
EH Oct 2022 Fulham (a) won 4-1
SB May 2021 Leicester City (a) won 4-2
SB Jul 2020 Bournemouth (a) won 4-1
RB May 2019 Fulham (a) won 4-0
RB May 2016 Spurs (h) won 5-1
SM Oct 2015 Norwich City (h) won 6-2
AP Mar 2014 Hull City (a) won 4-1
AP Dec 2013 Stoke City (h) won 5-1
AP Feb 2013 Southampton (h) won 4-2
(EH = Eddie Howe SB = Steve Bruce RB = Rafa
Benitez SM = Steve McClaren AP = Alan Pardew)
NUFC highest PL goals scored in a season:
2022/23 67 (with two games to play)
* 42 game seasons, others 38
NUFC highest PL home goals scored in a season:
2022/23 36 (with one game to play)
* 21 home game seasons, others 19
NUFC highest seasonal PL top scorers:
1993/94 Andy Cole 34*
1995/96 Les Ferdinand 25
1996/97 Alan Shearer 25
1999/00 Alan Shearer 23
2001/02 Alan Shearer 23
2003/04 Alan Shearer 22
2022/23 Callum Wilson 18 (with two games to play)
* 42 game season, others 38
Seagulls @ SJP - all-time:
2022/23 won 4-1 (PL) OG, Burn, Wilson, Guimaraes
2021/22 won 2-1 (PL) Fraser, Schar
2020/21 lost 0-3 (PL)
2019/20 drew 0-0 (PL)
2018/19 lost 0-1 (PL)
2017/18 drew 0-0 (PL)
2016/17 won 2-0 Lascelles, Shelvey (Ch)
1991/92 lost 0-1 (D2)
1990/91 drew 0-0 (D2)
1989/90 won 2-0 Gallacher, Quinn (D2)
1985/86 lost 0-2 (FAC)
1983/84 won 3-1 Keegan, Waddle, Beardsley (D2)
1982/83 lost 0-1 (FAC)
1978/79 lost 1-3 Shoulder (D2)
1961/62 won 5-0 Leek 3, Tuohy, Hale (D2)
1929/30 won 3-0 Gallacher 3 (FAC)
Deniz Undav netted the 48th of the 1444 PL goals in Newcastle's
favour to be recorded as an OG. His was the fourth OG benefiting us
this season, a total exceeded only by the five in 2011/12.
This was the fifth instance of an opponent scoring at both ends in
the same PL game v NUFC:
Mar 2001 David Unsworth Everton (a)
Apr 2006 George Boateng Boro (a)
Dec 2012 Jonny Evans Manchester United (a)
Apr 2021 Issa Diop West Ham (h)
May 2023 Deniz Undav Brighton & Hove Albion (h)
There was a second unused substitute selection for Lewis Miley,
following his bench appearance for the visit to Bournemouth in February.
Between the first and second he's turned 17.
stand three points shy of qualifying for the Champions League after
an incredible victory at an emotional St.James' Park on Thursday
Winless in their last two outings - which in the eyes of some TV
pundits amounted to a collapse - Eddie Howe's side began at a level
reminiscent of the recent steamrollering of Spurs here but they were
unable to translate that domination into goals during the first
quarter of the game.
Alexander Isak, Miggy Almiron, Joe Willock and Fabian Schar all
tried their luck with varying degrees of accuracy before United's incessant
pressure paid off on 22 minutes; Lewis Dunk diverting Joelinton's
shot out for a corner - only for Deniz Undav to flick Trippier's
delivery into his own net.
The Magpie onslaught continued unabated; Almiron in particular
thwarting Albion as they invariably played out from the back - a
ploy that left the visitors in almost constant peril in and around
their own box as a result of United's aggressive pressing. At times
it looked like a computer game.
Dan Burn's smart turn and shot in the box deserved a goal and
Schar's ball across the six yard box was begging to be turned home,
but the lead was just one goal when first half added time began and
a clash between Undav and Schar saw both booked and the hosts gain a
free kick on the right.
Having spurned countless similar opportunities this season to
convert from set pieces, Newcastle scored their second of the night
in that fashion - Burn let unmarked to head Trippier's delivery down
and in. Why we don't score like this every week remains a mystery,
given the height we boast.
Returning unchanged after the interval, Brighton threatened to make
a game of it when Undav outpaced Schar and beat Nick Pope in the
51st minute - seconds after Miggy had been denied from close range
at the other end of the pitch.
That goal was the signal for Roberto De Zerbi to make trio of
replacements; World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister and teenage
prospects Evan Ferguson and Julio Enciso - the latter no doubt
labelled as the new Almiron by someone, somewhere.
Despite United coming close to restoring their two goal lead, mild
apprehension was evident in the stands as Albion occupied the space
caused by United pressing less; Jason Steele taking sweeper keeper
to new levels as he spent increasing periods in possession outside
his box. At the other end meanwhile, Pope didn't have a great deal
to do but his wayward kicking caused concern.
Our match notes at this point include the phrase "rope a
dope": a reference to the Ali / Foreman Heavyweight
Championship fight when the former soaked up punishment in a ploy to
burn out his opponent before counter-attacking with devastating
consequences in the closing stages.
That didn't come to pass, although there were a couple of concerning
moments when Albion seemed set to cut a path through the home
defence straight to goal. Thankfully some desperate defending and
hesitation in releasing the killer pass averted danger.
A noticeable lessening of the tempo followed the loss of a hamstrung
Willock, as Newcastle began to break up play. Joelinton was in need
of treatment on several occasions, while individual feuds began to
emerge, including an all-Paraguayan clash as Miggy reacted with
uncharacteristic anger to Enciso's cheek. The younger one later
Although the clock was running down, the fear factor of Brighton
finding an equaliser persisted among the crowd, along with some
restlessness as to the non-appearance of any further substitutes; both
Wilson and Isak seemingly feeling the effects of their efforts by
We should have known better, as the Seagulls were memorably
interfered with (not for the first time in this region). Defence
spectacularly became attack thanks to Trippier, Anderson and Almiron
then a Sheareresque Wilson finish to perfectly round off a classic
Better was to follow though; the black and whites in full flight and
roared on, Wilson setting up Bruno to hammer home and trigger an
explosion of joy, echoing the scenes that followed the Brazilian's
Gallowgate End goals last season against Leicester City and Arsenal.
Incredibly there could have been a fifth; Wilson haring down the
hill and into the box but unable to force the ball past Steele. Had
that gone in, a structural survey of SJP may have been required
before Monday nights finale.
Labelled as jaded by some when drawing at Elland Road on Saturday,
the Magpies responded with a wholehearted display of incredible
intensity; Trippier, Almiron, Wilson and Joelinton outstanding, but
a huge collective effort by players and fans alike ultimately seeing
On nights like this at times like this, the synergy between those on
and off the field at SJP is a wonder to behold. Rebuild,
reconstruct, but never leave here and b*ll*cks to the capacity.
Better to be like this than wandering in a West Ham wasteland where
fans cannot wait to leave. Or Brighton for that matter.
This crucial and momentous victory came without Jacob
Murphy and Sean Longstaff; the sick list lengthening still
further as Trippier, Joelinton and Willock all limped off - the
latter leaving the ground on crutches with what looked like a
Three points secured a top five finish for the first time since 2012
and as a minimum we'll play in the Europa League next season - our
first involvement in a UEFA competition for a decade.
Victory over Leicester City on Monday will seal a top four finish
and with it, qualification for the group stage of the Champions
League. And victory for Aston Villa at Liverpool at Anfield on
Saturday, would assure United of a return to Europe's elite club
competition for the first time since 2003.
Wow, just wow.