In what was an outstanding display and an excellent 1-0 home win against Manchester United today at St. James’ Park, our star man was debut boy – 19-year-old Matty Longstaff.
He scored on his debut after 72 minutes with a crisp right-foot shot after Jetro Willems has brilliantly set him up and laid the ball off to the teenager.
And don’t think this was any fluke from Matty who hit the cross-bar in the first half with another excellent shot.
And of course, Matty also scored in pre-season against St. Etienne in Newcastle’s 2-1 pre-season win.
After a pathetic display last week at Leicester, this is precisely what the doctor ordered – a committed performance from the whole Newcastle team.
And attendance was 51,198, and the crowd roared the lads on to what was a famous win.
The Longstaff parents were also in attendance today.
The brothers were strong in central midfield, and both Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron were dangerous on the wings – especially the former who had an excellent game.
And with a little bit of luck, we could have had more than the one goal.
Players celebrate winning goal from Matty Longstaff after 72 minutes –
But we badly needed the 3 points and let’s be truthful – this was a massive win for Newcastle.
Credit also goes to defender Fabian Schar for some outstanding work at the back, and so far, the Swiss star has been our best player this season.
What a buy for just £3.5M from Deportivo.
This is the older (and a little more experienced) Longstaff brother talking on the Newcastle web-site after the great win about his brother:
“I think I was shouting, ‘shoot!’, but when it went it it’s a feeling you can’t really explain,”
“I paused for a little second and I thought I was going to burst out crying or something. I’m just so proud of him. He deserves that moment today and I’m over the moon for him. He was outstanding.”
“I ran up and jumped on him, and I think AC (Andy Carroll) and Jamaal (Lascelles) and a few others got there quickly as well. It was unbelievable.”
“It probably makes it all the special that all the staff and all the players were just as buzzing as me for him.”
“I’ve known how hard he’s worked, and he’s had a few setbacks along the way, but I’m just over the moon for him. It’s one for him to enjoy.”
“The gaffer’s had enough trust in him and put him in, and it was an amazing day. We needed it,” . “He came in and gave us a little lift and something to build on now for the whole team.”
“I think he’s been ready for two or three weeks, to be honest. I think he’s had a big claim to start games before today, and you don’t want to put him in too early, but it’s like anything – you either sink or swim, and he swam, hasn’t he?”
“From the first day he’s been with us in pre-season he’s been one of the best players in training every day, and he’s got his reward really for all his hard work.”
“We probably needed a reaction from last weekend as well. It wasn’t pretty and we put it behind us on the Tuesday – some honest words were spoken, and we moved on from it,”
“I think it just shows today when the stadium’s full and the crowd are behind us, that’s us – it’s a really, really hard place to come.”
“It’s a great day for everyone and something to build on now going into the international break. Hopefully we can get a few boys back fully fit and hopefully it’s a sign of things to come, especially at home.”
This was also a massive win for manager Steve Bruce and the coaching staff.
It was Steve’s first win as a manager against his old club in what was his 24th attempt.
We have now shown against both Spurs, and Manchester United in our 1-0 wins this season that when we are ready to play, we can beat top-six sides.
But we must be ready to play at our top-level in every game, and that includes against the lesser sides in the league.
And that’s Steve Bruce’s challenge this season.
Our lads must be ready to play every game with this same skill, courage, desire, and passion they showed today.
If we can do that, we’ll be a Premier League side at the end of this season – that’s good enough for us – at this for this season.
Howay The Lads!!
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