Newcastle United made history on Saturday as they thrashed Sheffield United 8-0 at St James’ Park, with eight different players finding the net. It was the first time in Premier League history that a team scored eight goals without any player scoring more than once.
The Magpies dealt with an early injury to Harvey Barnes, who had been replaced with Anthony Gordon in the 12th minute of the match. Sean Longstaff scored the first goal of the match, which Gordon assisted in the 21st minute, and soon after that, Dan Burn scored the 2nd goal of the match. Soon after that, Newcastle started dominating the whole football pitch, and the third goal was once again scored by another defender of Newcastle, Sven Botman, in the 35th minute of the match.
The second half was more similar, as Newcastle continued to dominate and create chances. Callum Wilson scored the fourth in the 56th minute with a tap-in after a good cross from Trippier. Gordon scored the fifth goal in the 61st minute of the match to make it 5-0, but it was not the end, as Miguel Almiron scored the sixth in the 68th minute. Bruno Guimaraes rose to the occasion and scored the 7th goal of the match in the 73rd minute, and the last goal, which was goal number eight scored by Alexander Isak in the 87th minute.
It was a remarkable performance from Newcastle, who showed no mercy to their hapless opponents. They moved up to eighth place in the table with 9 points from six games, while Sheffield United remained bottom with zero 1 point and a goal difference of -12. The Blades have now lost 5 Premier League games, equalling their worst run in the competition.
It was a solid performance by them after having the last two tough matches against Brentford and AC Milan, but their next match is one of their toughest challenges as they will go up against Man City, who are on another planet in the EFL Cup third round.
After the game, both managers spoke to the media and reacted. Newcastle boss Eddie Howe praised his players for their clinical finishing and their hunger to score more goals. He said: “It was very good. I don’t know whether it was the complete performance,” Howe said. “We are always looking to find things to improve … I’m delighted with the players.”
Sheffield United caretaker manager Paul Heckingbottom admitted his side was outclassed and apologized to the fans for the embarrassing result. He said: “It was a nightmare from start to finish. We were second best in every department, and we have no excuses. We let ourselves and our fans down today and are sorry for that. It’s a very low point for us, and we must show some character and fight to bounce back.”