What a glorious way to enter the third international break. It’s two wins in a row and Newcastle did this one the hard way by willing themselves back into the game after a tepid start.
This was a match filled with terrific performances. Our defenders were excellent as Fede Fernandez and Ciaran Clark put on a clearance show at the back. Paul Dummett came in for the injured captain Jamaal Lascelles and was as committed as ever.
The wing-backs were unbelievable especially going forward. It may have been the best performance by DeAndre Yedlin in a Newcastle shirt. Jetro Willems was outstanding as well. If we do make his deal a permanent one for just £10m, that is looking like a steal.
Jonjo Shelvey put in a shift for the second straight match and Isaac Hayden was his typical combative self in the midfield.
Allan Saint-Maximin and Miguel Almiron were outstanding again. Allan was able to get an assist on the first goal by DeAndre Yedlin. He also hit the bar and had another one on one that he should have scored on. But some of his runs were pure artistry.
Miguel was all over the place and I think between him and Yedlin they could have covered the entire earth today. What a shift from those two this afternoon.
Andy Carroll also came on late and was outstanding as he helped defend the slim lead.
We also have to give Steve Bruce credit for sticking with this side and how they played in the second half. This team got off to a poor start but continued to work hard. They ended up with three points in what turned out to be a thrilling affair.
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