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Having won three straight league games at St. James’ Park, Newcastle United moved back into third position at Manchester United’s expense just 35 days after falling to the Red Devils 2-0 in the Carabao Cup final.
The international break in March may have been timed poorly for Newcastle, who had begun to reclaim the kind of pre-Christmas form that had originally raised the prospect of their first appearance in the UEFA Champions League in 20 years. Nevertheless, they were able to maintain that momentum thanks to a strong first half, and Eddie Howe’s team had a good chance to take the lead in the 16th minute. When Jacob Murphy chipped the ball into the area, Alexander Isak met it and headed on goal, but David de Gea deflected the ball away. Joe Willock then shot on the rebound direct at the Spanish goalkeeper.
As the minutes counted down to halftime, the Magpies continued to suffocate their opponents with the support of a loud home audience. They were still lacking a killer sense, though, as Sean Longstaff’s speculative shot from 25 yards out missed the left post. Before the break, however, Allan Saint-Maximin, who is always dangerous, pulled the ball back to Willock. The midfielder’s attempt from inside the area went over the crossbar, giving Erik ten Hag’s team some much-needed relief.
The Tynesiders’ dominance persisted after halftime, and it was only a matter of time before they took the lead. This might have been due to the crowd’s emotion after witnessing Newcastle be denied a first-ever Premier League championship by the Red Devils three times in the 1990s. When Bruno Guimares chipped the ball to the back post, Saint-Maximin was able to nod it back for the unmarked Willock, who headed home from a few yards out to excite the Geordie fans.
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