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Season 2023-24
Sheffield United (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Sunday 24th September 2023, 4.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
Bramall Lane

Conditions: Unsurpassed

Programme:
3.50
 

Sheffield United

Newcastle

 

0 - 8

 

 

Teams

Goals


One of our own

21 mins Dan Burn's throw-in on the left to Anthony Gordon saw the substitute make the byline and as he cut back, the ball bounced up and hit his hand before dropping on the line. He continued and pulled back to Sean Longstaff who thumped the ball in left-footed from outside the six yard box. 

Celebrations were slightly muted as Longstaff and Gordon looked at the officials but VAR deemed the ball had just stayed in and the accidental handball wasn't by the scorer, meaning that under current guidance the goal stood. It's fair to say that the letter of the law is totally at odds with our own instincts and those of the outraged home fans on the Kop behind that goal.
1-0


Two of our own

31 mins Kieran Trippier's corner kick delivery from the left flank was inch perfect for the far post run of Dan Burn who lost his marker, despite almost having his shirt removed and his bullet header bulged the back of the net.  2-0

35
 mins
Trippier's delivery from a free kick on the Newcastle right was again perfect for Sven Botman, who glanced a header into the far corner for his first Magpies goal. His goal celebrations were a little unwise pointing to his name in front of the home fans and Elliot Anderson was hit on the leg by a bottle as his captain hastily ushered the players away. 3-0


Pass (to) the Dutchie from the left hand side

Half time:  Blades 0 Newcastle 3

56 mins Fabian Schar strode forward and just as he was being urged to "shoot" he played the ball out to Trippier. His first time dink across to Callum Wilson was sublime, leaving the number nine the simple chance to head home from inside the six yard box in front of the Bramall Lane Stand. 4-0

61 mins This time it was Anderson with plenty of space to run into and he played a simple pass to Anthony Gordon. He cut inside and then hit a perfect curler into the far corner that Wes Foderingham had no chance of reaching. 5-0

68 mins Botman found Miggy Almiron in the centre of the pitch and he scampered forward, giving the ball to Bruno Guimaraes and continuing his run into the box. Bruno's return pass was perfect for Miggy to jump over and then shoot left-footed inside the far post for a little bit of club history. 6-0

73 mins Benie Traore inexplicably passed straight to Alexander Isak who made his way into the area before being crowded out. The ball fell to Longstaff and his first-time shot ricocheted to Bruno Guimaraes, who took a touch and then calmly picked his spot before adding a ball up the jumper celebration to his considerable repertoire. 7-0

87 mins Alexander Isak attempted to lay the ball off to a colleague but Tom Davies provided the perfect header back to the Swede who took the ball into the area, checked on to his right foot to dump the Blades' substitute on his backside and fired past Fotheringham. Delicious. 8-0

Full time: Blades 0 Newcastle 8


A gallon of Magpies

We Said

 

Eddie Howe said:


"It was very good. I don't know whether it was the complete performance. We are always looking to look and find things to improve. It's a really tough place to come, especially off the back of a European week for us so delighted with the players."

Asked about preparation following the Milan trip:

"That was the key to the game. If we didn't turn up in the best condition Sheffield United would have beaten us.

"First of all we had to attack the game in the way that we normally would. We had to be ready for what they would throw at us, try and quieten the crowd and we started really well and got the goal early. That settled us down and we played some really good football after that.

"It shows you that the players were very motivated for the game. They were hungry for goals and for success.

"I do think we've got a really motivated group. I see really good character traits throughout the whole squad. It's a long season for us. We've got a lot of challenges to come but certainly the last week has been a return to form for us.

"Weve had a tough start to the season in terms of fixtures but we were ruthless and kept looking to score. 

"We respect Sheffield United and Paul Heckingbottom and the job that hes done here but we just had to do our thing which was to keep pushing and keep looking for goals.

"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 and I want that mentality to run through the team.

"We shared (the goals) around a bit today. There were important ones there for Alexander Isak to score and Sean Longstaff, for me he is a goalscoring midfielder. So some really important ones for the individuals.

"(The clean sheet) is a welcome return to form in that regard because we were so good defensively last season and we weren't as watertight at the start of this one. It is a welcome boost for us because we know we have top quality defenders."

On Anthony Gordon:

"He's a top player. So our idea was just to rest him after two really big physical efforts.

"He comes on straight away and yeah I think that's his best game in a Newcastle shirt. I thought he was outstanding and he's really found a good rhythm this season and hopefully that continues."

On Harvey Barnes:

"
He wasnt too good. I think hes got a toe problem so I think he went over and felt something in his toe. Early signs are there is an injury there but we dont know what it is at this moment.

"Of course its a concern, injuries in one position will hurt us Weve been missing two midfielders
(Joe Willock and Joelinton) and thats been a concern for us so losing Harvey is not something we will take lightly."

They Said

 

Paul Heckingbottom said:

"We were undone by our organisation. 

"We can't afford to put ourselves behind in that sort of fashion if we want to compete. A lot of the things I saw in the second half I've never seen here. There are certain things that aren't acceptable, which they know.

"You could see moments where Newcastle outfought us and outran us. That is not acceptable. We want to compete. There is still a level of competition we expect. We know they have top-class players but there is an expectation from us that we are here to compete.

"These results are going to come, we expect them, but it is the nature of the performance that we are upset about. No-one wants to see that. 

"These games are not going to define our season. It's about accumulating points. While there are huge things we have to learn from, we also have to keep a calm head about this sort of game.

"The supporters were first class, you could hear them all the way through. It has been a tough week for everyone, we wanted to do our bit to change that but we've failed.

"You can't feel sorry for yourself. We are ready to go tomorrow morning. There are things we have to address from that, we can't shy away from it, but the good thing is you always have another game."

 

Stats


Newcastle registered their biggest ever away league win and their second-largest of all time in all competitions away from St. James' Park. 

Their only larger margin of victory on the road was a 9-0 FA Cup Fourth Round Second Replay win over Southport in February 1932. That took place in Sheffield, at the neutral venue of Hillsborough.

United's biggest away winning margins 
(half time score in brackets):

1931/32 Southport won 9-0 (4-0) (FAC)
2023/24 Sheffield United won 8-0 (3-0) (PL)
2020/21 Morecambe won 7-0 (5-0) LC)
1927/28 Manchester United won 7-1 (2-0) (D1)
1993/94 Notts County won 7-1 (3-0) LC)
1907/08 Fulham won 6-0 (2-0) FAC)
1912/13 Everton won 6-0 (2-0) (D1)
1962/63 Walsall won 6-0 (3-0) (D2)
2016/17 QPR won 6-0 (2-0) (Championship)

United's biggest NUFC PL tallies - home and away:
(half time score in brackets):


2023/24 Sheffield United (a) 8-0 (3-0)
1999/00 Sheffield Wednesday (h) 8-0 (4-0)
1993/94 Swindon Town (h) 7-1 (2-0)
1996/97 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 7-1 (2-0)
2010/11 Aston Villa (h) 6-0 (3-0)
2022/23 Tottenham Hotspur (h) 6-1 (5-0)
1995/96 Wimbledon (h) 6-1 (3-0)
2001/02 Everton (h) 6-2 (2-2)
2015/16 Norwich City (h) 6-2 (3-2)

Today was only the eleventh time in the club's history that Newcastle have scored more than seven goals in a competitive senior fixture:

13-0 1946/47 Newport County (h)
9-0 1931/32 Southport (n)
9-2 1933/34 Liverpool (h)
8-0 1895/96 West Hartlepool NER (h)
8-0 1901/02 Notts County (h)
8-0 1905/06 Wolves (h)
8-0 1907/08 Birmingham (h)
8-0 1999/00 Sheffield Wednesday (h)
8-0 2023/24 Sheffield United (a)
8-1 1926/27 Notts County (h)
8-2 1959/60 Everton (h)


The Magpies scored more than five goals away from home in the Premier League for the first time, eclipsing their previous best tally of 5-1, at Coventry City in 1998 and West Ham in 2023.

United scored five goals in the second half of any game since the visit of Barnsley to SJP in the Championship during March 2010 (1-0 to 6-1). Away from home, they last netted that many after the interval in Division Two at Bury in October 1961 (2-1 to 7-2).

Eight different scorers netted in a senior fixture for Newcastle for the first time ever in all competitions, becoming only the second side to have done so in the PL, after Manchester United also registered eight in a 9-0 home mauling of Southampton in February 2021 (although that comprised of seven of their own scorers - one of whom scored twice - and a Saints OG).

Newcastle are only the third side to have scored eight goals or more in a PL away game - and Harvey Barnes was on the winning side in two of those games*:

2019/20 Southampton 0-9 Leicester City*
1998/99 Nottingham Forest 1-8 Manchester United
2023/24 Sheffield United 0-8 Newcastle United*

The highest goal total by one team in a single PL game remains nine, recorded on five occasions: Manchester United (twice), Leicester City, Liverpool and Spurs.

The win restored Newcastle's positive all-time PL goal difference lost under Steve Bruce. Only eight other sides can boast that, six currently in the PL (Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester City) and two former PL sides (Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United).

Sean Longstaff
netted his fifth PL goal almost a year after his fourth came away at Fulham. He now has nine in all competitions for the club.

Dan Burn
doubled his PL tally for United after scoring his first at home to Brighton back in April. He has three to his name including one in the Carabao Cup verus Leicester City last season.

Sven Botman
got off the mark for Newcastle in his 50th appearance in all competitions. He's the 166th different Magpie to register a goal in the PL.

Callum Wilson
's 42nd strike for the club takes him one off his Bournemouth PL total.

NUFC PL scoring list - all-time:

Les Ferdinand 41
Callum Wilson 42
Shola Ameobi 43
Andy Cole 43
Peter Beardsley 46
(OG 48)
Alan Shearer 148

Anthony Gordon
now has three goals for the Magpies and after one in a draw at Chelsea and one in a home loss to Liverpool he finished on the winning side.

Miggy Almiron
scored his 21st PL goal on his 150th PL appearance, taking him one behind Laurent Robert.

Bruno Guimaraes
reached double figures in the PL with his first strike of the season. Ten goals matches the total of current team mate Fabian Schar and he moves one ahead of club captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Alexander Isak
now has three club goals this season and 13 in total, all scored in the PL. That total of 13 takes him level with Joe Willock and two behind Joelinton.

16 goals from their opening six league games is Newcastle's best scoring start to a season since they smashed in 22 from the first half dozen league fixtures of 1994/95. 

NUFC after six PL games - last 12 seasons:

2011/12 12 points, 4th
2012/13
9 points, 9th
2013/14 7 points, 16th
2014/15 3 points, 19th
2015/16 2 points, 19th
2017/18 9 points, 9th
2018/19 2 points, 18th
2019/20 5 points, 17th
2020/21 8 points, 14th
2021/22 3 points, 17th
2022/23 7 points, 11th
2023/24 9 points, 8th

The win restored Newcastle's positive all-time PL goal difference that was lost under Steve Bruce. Only six other current top tier sides can boast that (Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester City). Blackburn Rovers and Leeds United the two other non-PL sides.

There was a Magpies debut for Lewis Hall from the bench, becoming the 261st player to have played for the club in the Premier League. Kieran Trippier meanwhile completed his half century of Premier League games for Newcastle.

Newcastle recorded back to back PL clean sheets for the first time since January 2023 (Fulham home won 1-0, Palace away drew 0-0).

The club's dark blue third choice kit enjoyed a memorable first competitive senior airing.

The Blades remain winless since their PL return, with one point from six games. History failed to repeat itself from our last visit here, when a 0-1 defeat for the Magpies in January 2021 was Sheffield United's first PL win of that season.

This result was also Sheffield United's worst-ever home defeat in all competitions, exceeding their 2-7 loss to Rotherham United in Division Two during December 1956.

Toon @ Bramall Lane - last 10:

2023/24 won 8-0 S.Longstaff, Burn, Botman, Wilson, Almiron, Gordon, Guimaraes, Isak (PL)
2020/21
lost 0-1 (PL)
2019/20
won 2-0 Saint-Maximin, Shelvey (PL)
2015/16 drew 2-2 Wijnaldum, S.de Jong (FR)
2009/10 won 1-0 og(Morgan) (Ch)
2006/07 won 2-1 Martins, Steven Taylor (PL)
1993/94 lost 0-2 (PL)
1989/90 drew 1-1 og(Morris) (D2)
1988/89 lost 0-3 (LC)
1978/79 lost 0-1 (D2)


Our most resounding victory over the Blades before today was a 6-0 Second Division win at SJP in September 1937. At Bramall Lane, the previous best return of 3-0 wins in October 1920 and April 1932 (both in Division One) was shattered.  

 

Waffle

The team that brought you a trio of 4-1s and one 5-1 away win last season went one step further on Sunday, scoring a couple more for good measure to reach previously uncharted territory on the road for the club in 130 years of league participation.  

An unforgettable afternoon in the Steel City ended after eight goals were scored without reply by eight different players; a feat made even more incredible by this game concluding a week during which the side returned to Champions League action with an energy-sapping rearguard action in Milan.

Many of those in the away end may have been nursing sore heads but there was no trace of any hangover in the visiting dressing room at Bramall Lane. Eddie Howe's team allowed the hosts to make and miss a couple of early half chances, but then hit form with a three goal first half salvo from the unlikely trio of Sean Longstaff, Dan Burn and Sven Botman. 

Kieran Trippier and Anthony Gordon were to the fore as that assault continued; the former making a well-timed return to form from set pieces and the latter running the home side ragged after hastily appearing from the bench to replace foot injury victim Harvey Barnes. 

Newcastle could have inflicted even greater punishment in the opening 45 minute on a Blades side missing a substantial portion of the squad due to injury and suspension, had Callum Wilson not spurned three excellent chances and a dubious VAR call deprived Gordon of a penalty award.  

With old campaigner Stuart McCall prowling around the technical area, Paul Heckingbottom had the opportunity to refashion his side at the break but gaping holes in their midfield remained and they would be exploited by a rampant Magpies side that maintained their relentless onslaught.

Wilson finally got his goal as Trippier completed his own personal treble of assists to mark a half century of league outings for the club before Gordon unleashed an unstoppable effort that curled into the goal - prompting another wave of disconsolate home fans to rise from their seats.

Next to get in on the act was Miggy Almiron, having earlier seen a close-range finish rightly ruled out for offside. 150m-worth of talent then entered the action in the shape of Sandro Tonali, Alexander Isak and Tino Livramento in what was close to an act of cruelty by Eddie Howe - and the sort of thing we had done to us just a couple of years ago by the likes of Manchester City.

A hoped-for debut strike from from Elliot Anderson failed to materialise, but Bruno exploited the lack of defensive work required by getting off the mark for the season before Isak rounded off what was the nearest thing to a cricket score seen on this ground since Yorkshire took their leave in 1973.

There's a bigger picture of the one-sided aspect to this game in terms of the have and have not composition of the Premier League, but that's not for today. What we will say though is that what Bramall Lane lacks in players or facilities it makes up for with internet signal. What's their secret?  

Full time was met with roars from the away support and relief from the battalion of stewards who raced across the perimeter track in front of them following all five second half goals (and Almiron's disallowed one) to try and deter potential pitch invasions. In fairness a few of them took the ironic cheers and catcalls in good spirits as they retraced their steps - better to have a moving human cordon than static ones of a previous era obstructing the view, or worse still, fences. 

Having acknowledged the delight among the younger element in midweek in beginning their European adventure, there was substantial satisfaction in seeing a mature set of supporters here today - a good number of whom were also present on previous dark days. They deserved to witness this. 

Playing our curmudgeon card at this point, anyone ever tempted to label a poor display by this team as the "worst ever" is directed to our 1980/81 season, when it took us 21 away league games to score as many times as we did here today in less than 90 minutes. Never mind loyalty points, the club should have given out campaign medals that year. This is light years away.

And so, rumours of our demise proved to be premature, along with the Howe in peril chat that surfaced in some quarters following the Brighton defeat. Our first half dozen fixtures largely adhered to form and history, leaving Newcastle two points and three places better off than a year ago.

Question marks about rotation are yet to be answered and have been partly offset over narrowing squad availability with the Barnes injury and Gordon's proximity to suspension. If nothing else though, Joelinton's current absence has at least slowed down his acquisition of bookings.

We remain a work in progress, with today a pertinent and welcome reminder that the potential is unlimited and the occasions when things do click are immensely enjoyable. If you're looking for a yardstick of progress, Botman's 50 games for us have seen him beaten just eight times. 

The visiting players took the field to acknowledge their support at full time, the song from the away end concise and accurate: "this is the best trip I've ever been on". They weren't wrong.

Biffa


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