Newcastle United welcomed Aston Villa at St. James’ Park earlier this afternoon as they focus on collecting maximum points at home in the Premier League. The Magpies made a strong start to the game and got their noses ahead in the first half injury-time courtesy of Callum Wilson’s penalty. Eddie Howe’s men were leading 1-0 at half-time.
The Tyneside outfit made an excellent start to the second 45 minutes and doubled their advantage in the 56th minute via Wilson’s header. Joelinton killed the game off just three minutes later when he got his name on the scoresheet. Miguel Almiron put the icing on the cake when he added another goal in the 67th minute with a superb strike as Newcastle earned a 4-0 victory in front of their home fans.
Let’s take a look at how each Newcastle United player performed during the match against the Villans.
GK: Nick Pope – 7/10
The English keeper did not have a save to make in the game and kept a comfortable clean sheet at the back.
RB: Kieran Trippier – 8/10
Trippier was defensively solid and made a few decent chances in the opponent’s half. He has got an assist to show for his efforts.
CB: Fabian Schar – 7/10
He didn’t do much wrong at the back and engineered one good chance in the opponent’s half.
CB: Sven Botman – 7/10
Botman gave a good account of himself on the defensive third of the pitch and will be quite pleased with the clean sheet.
LB: Dan Burn – 7/10
He kept a solid defensive shape inside his half but offered very little in the final third.
CM: Sean Longstaff – 7.5/10
The English talent anchored the midfield really well and made one good chance in the opponent’s half.
CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 8/10
The Brazilian sensation earned the ball back a few times and made two good chances for others around him.
CM: Joe Willock – 7/10
Willock protected his backline well and helped Newcastle establish their dominance at the centre of the park.
RW: Miguel Almiron – 8/10
The South American winger was a constant menace on the right-wing and managed to find the back of the net with a brilliant strike.
ST: Callum Wilson – 9/10
Wilson caused all sorts of problems for the opposition defenders and has got two goals to his name today.
LW: Joelinton – 8/10
He had a few bright moments in the game and did well to kill the game off just before the hour mark.
LB: Matt Targett – 6/10
Targett was solid at the back.
RW: Jacob Murphy – 6.5/10
He was lively after coming off the bench.
CB: Jamaal Lascelles – N/A
Lascelles didn’t get enough time to make an impact.
CM: Jonjo Shelvey – N/A
He offered more energy to Howe’s midfield.
ST: Chris Wood – N/A
The English talent didn’t have enough time to influence the game.
LW: Allan Saint-Maximin – N/A
He came on for the final few minutes of the game.