Date: Sunday 17th April 2022, 2.15pm
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
2 - 1
United failed to defend a
training-ground corner routine that saw Ayoze Perez flick Kiernan
Dewsbury-Hall's delivery at the
near post to the unmarked Ademola Lookman. He beat Martin Dubravka from 12 yards with a low shot that the 'keeper was probably
disappointed to let go through him
and into the Gallowgate End net. 0-1
30 mins Jonjo
Shelvey's flag kick from the North West corner was nodded down by Dan Burn to Bruno Guimaraes and his
first-time shot on the turn appeared to be smothered by Kasper Schmeichel.
However, our man kicked at the ball twice to put it in the Leazes net and
wheeled away in celebration only to hear referee Jarred Gillett's whistle,
awarding a free-kick to Leicester.
The official immediately pointed to his ear and waited for VAR official Lee
Mason's verdict after reviewing the footage. His advice was for Gillett to
take another look and after a quick view of the pitchside monitor in front
of the East Stand he awarded the goal; Schmeichel never having a hand on the
ball and Bruno making clean contact.
Pursued by his team mates, the goalscorer ran back towards the Leazes End to
salute the celebrating crowd, but avoided removing his shirt, which would
become significant.... 1-1
Half time: Magpies
He stoops to conquer
90+5 (4mins 15secs)
A Leicester attack was broken up by Matt Targett and his ball up the left
hand touchline to
Joe Willock was controlled before he set off at pace, leaving Youri
Tielemans in his wake.
Joelinton and Mendy clashed in the middle of the
pitch but advantage was played and Willock's cross deflected up into the air
perfectly for Bruno - who had run the length of the field to summon
up the spirit of John Tudor and fling himself forward to head into the top corner. Cue
absolute bedlam and a bare chested celebration that earned the scorer a
Two things inadvertently contributed to this goal in the dugout area at the
start of added time:
1. The substitution of Dwight Gayle for Allan Saint-Maximin immediately
after the fourth official indicated a minimum of four added minutes brought
an extension to that period of at least 30 seconds. That would prove vital.
2. Bruno cheekily helped himself to a drink from Leicester's collection of
energy bottles, provoking a comment and then a friendly hug from Brendan
Rodgers. Hopefully that swig gave Bruno the extra energy to make his run into
the box and meet Willock's cross! 2-1
Eddie Howe said:
"My emotions are very high
after that. To score so late in the game was a massive, massive lift
"I thought Leicester had control
of the game but we had the best chances and our defensive resilience
in the second half was excellent.
"To score so late in the game is
a massive lift for everybody.
"I thought we had the best
chances. Leicester were probably in control of the game but we had
some really good moments and I thought our defensive resilience in
the second half, as Leicester took control of the ball, was
"We hung in there, made it difficult for them to penetrate us, and
got rewarded for that with the counter-attack goal at the end.
"Yes, they love him
(Bruno) and rightly so after today's performance. He was
magnificent in every discipline of the game. I think the biggest
compliment I could give him is that on 95 minutes, with tired legs,
for sure, for him - he's getting used to the Premier League - but
he's managed to get himself in the box to score that header."
The double goalscorer added:
"What a feeling! What a
game! To score two goals was brilliant, I don't have words.
It was always my dream to play
in the Premier League. I am so happy for today.
"It was my first header, really!
I don't remember the goal very well, but when I saw the ball, I
didn't think too much. That goal was for the group. We are so happy
"It is really important for me
to score my first goal at St. James' Park. I enjoyed playing here a
lot, this is my home, I want to play 100 times here."
The victorious squad - and the Paraguayan pole pilferer
(who left the flag in SJP, before Wor Flags chase him)
Brendan Rodgers said:
"Performance-wise I was pretty pleased. I think we controlled a lot
of the game with some excellent passages of play and we took the lead.
"I’m disappointed with the goal we conceded
but we looked a really good side in terms of the energy and the
intensity in the game and some of our football.
"We just failed to control
the ball at the end and for some reason we decided to kick it long in the
last throes of the game and it’s just purely down to game management.”
“We controlled the game; we pressed the game well. Our
energy was good, and we got into some really good areas. Our movement and
some of our positioning was very good. We had intensity in our press, and we
were forcing them back.
"It was a game that we deserved a minimum of a point
from so we just have to take it on the chin. It wasn’t like we had lost the
game and can look at it and think we didn’t play well.
"We maybe just lacked a little bit of finesse or a
little bit of quality on the last pass, but in the main, we arrived where we
wanted to arrive, and they were sinking back into their shape.
"Our physicality was good
in the game, and we looked like the team to win the game, especially in the
second half, but we’ve just got to control the game better in that last
"I'm so happy for the people here. You get a great felling every time
you come here. It's one of the cities and grounds I really enjoy coming
to. It's great for the supporters because the passion here is
Newcastle won their fifth consecutive Premier League game,
something that they've only done on four previous occasions in that
1994/95 7 games
1995/96 13 games
2002/03 11 games
2003/04 6 games
2018/19 5 games
The Magpies are unbeaten in their last seven PL home games,
which is their best run of form at SJP in the top flight since the
2017/18 season, when they also managed a seven game unbeaten run on home
The PL record that Bruno's 94:15 goal is the latest winner scored by a Newcastle
player since records of that statistic were first formally kept in
the 2006/07 season. Prior to then, goals scored after the 90th minute
tended just to be noted as "90", as if the stop watch had been stopped.
(NB: Callum Wilson's penalty conversion at Spurs in September 2020
was timed at 97 minutes, but that earned only one point, not three).
Once again, going a goal behind proved to be no obstacle to
United - this sequence of turnarounds since February harvesting a
PL-high 10 points:
0-1 behind v Leicester City (h) won 2-1
0-1 behind v Southampton (a) won 2-1
0-1 behind v West Ham (a) drew 1-1
0-1 behind v Everton (h) won 3-1
Bruno's opener was United's 35th PL goal of the season,
matching their previous worse total set in an entire campaign (35 in
1997/98). The Brazilian's winner then exceeded that.
NUFC after 32
games - last five seasons:
2017/18: 38 points, 10th (finished 10th)
(scored 33, conceded 41)
2018/19: 35 points, 14th (finished 13th) (scored 31, conceded 42)
2019/20: 42 points, 13th (finished 13th) (scored 33, conceded 43)
2020/21: 35 points, 15th (finished 12th) (scored 35, conceded 53)
2021/22: 37 points, 14th (finished tbc) (scored 36, conceded 55)
Foxes in Toon - PL era:
2021/22 Won 2-1 Guimaraes 2
2020/21 Lost 1-2 Carroll
2019/20 Lost 0-3
2019/20 Drew 1-1 (lost 2-4 on pens) (LC)
2018/19 Lost 0-2
2017/18 Lost 2-3 Joselu, Gayle
2015/16 Lost 0-3
2014/15 Won 1-0 Obertan
2009/10 Won 1-0 Guthrie (CH)
2003/04 Won 3-1 Ameobi, OG, Jenas
2001/02 Won 1-0 Solano
2000/01 Won 1-0 Cort
1999/00 Lost 0-2
1998/99 Won 1-0 Glass
1997/98 Drew 3-3 Barnes, Tomasson, Beresford
1996/97 Won 4-3 Shearer 3, Elliott
1994/95 Won 3-1 Albert 2, Howey
Dwight Gayle made his sixth PL appearance of the season, all
of which have come from the bench:
Watford (a) appeared on 83 minutes
Wolves (a) appeared on 77 minutes
Brighton (a) appeared on 90+4 minutes
Manchester United (h) appeared on 83 minutes
Chelsea (a) appeared on 90+1 minutes
Leicester City (h) appeared on 90+1 minutes
He last started a PL match at Burnley back in April 2021.
ordinary match apparently sleepwalking to a stalemate had an
extraordinary and unlikely conclusion on Sunday afternoon, as
Newcastle won for the fifth successive time at St. James' Park.
With the score 1-1, the allotted four minutes of second half added
time ticked over as the quietly impressive Matt Targett outwitted an opponent on his own
byline and found Joe Willock on the left hand touchline.
The substitute dashed over halfway and into space, continuing his
run into the City box before a deflected cross saw Bruno Guimaraes
net with a close range diving header into the Gallowgate End net.
Referee Jarred Gillett barely had time to book the shirtless scorer
before Leicester kicked off and the full time whistle sounded, amid
epic scenes of celebration more befitting this weekend's FA Cup
The Foxes arrived seeking a sixth successive win on Tyneside - and
struck first when old boy Ayoze Perez flicked on a corner for
Ademola Lookman to beat Martin Dubravka with a low shot from 12
yards on 19 minutes.
City's failure to defend set pieces has been a recurring feature of
this season though and it led to a bizarre equaliser on the half
Bruno poked the ball goalwards
from close in after a corner dropped to him and although visiting goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel
blocked the shot, he did so with his legs only; Bruno on the ground
but managing two kicks at the ball that forced it through the
'keeper and into the net.
Initially ruled out by Gillett, a VAR check by Lee Mason sent the
match referee to the pitchside monitor in front of the East Stand
amid increasing noise levels - and moments later Guimaraes had his
first goal on home soil, replays showing no foul committed on
Level at half time, both sides struggled to build any momentum after
the break and with neither goalkeeper called into action, a mutually
acceptable draw seemed inevitable - until that incredible finale.
Bruno's late winner evoked memories of Alan Shearer's added time
winner against Leicester at the same end in 1997, but it was the
events of almost exactly 30 years ago that many fans of a certain
age were mindful of.
A 1-0 victory over Portsmouth here in April 1992 was on a similarly
sunny day; David Kelly's late goal coming out of the blue
and of incalculable value to his side's ultimately successful battle
Kelly was present to witness the debut of a Wor Flags
pre-match display in his honour today: a banner depicting him
celebrating that goal accompanied by a memorable match commentary
In years to come our midfield maestro from Rio de Janeiro may well
have a similar accolade bestowed on him - Bruno is certainly well on
the way to enjoying iconic status here, and his landmark winner
seems to finally have dispelled any lingering fears of demotion.
His two goal contribution stole the headlines and saved his side on
a day when decent displays (Targett and Krafth) and evident graft (Almiron
and Shelvey) across the pitch didn't look like being accompanied by
individual brilliance, until Willock shook off his lethargy and took
Three points took Newcastle on to 37 and up one place into 14th. Elsewhere on Sunday, Burnley drew 1-1 at West Ham - leaving the managerless Clarets in the third relegation
spot; a whopping 12 points behind Eddie Howe's side. Job done.