Newcastle picked up back-to-back victories for the first time since the final two matches of last season. The Magpies dominated Brentford 5-1 at St. James’ Park. The team now sits in sixth place with 14 points through nine games played only below five members of the Big Six and four points ahead of Liverpool.
Here are your Top 3 Magpies from the massive Saturday victory at St. James’ Park
Guimarães brace couldn’t have come at a better time for the Magpies. Three minutes before his second goal, Ivan Toney slotted home a penalty to make the score 2-1. Things were nervy in St. James’ Park as it appeared Brentford had seized momentum and were going to push for a draw.
However, Guimarães had other ideas. The midfielder picked the pockets of the Brentford right-winger near midfield, took the ball just outside the 18-yard box, and unleashed a howler into the bottom-left corner of the net.
The crowd was back into the game. Guimarães had likewise reinvigorated his teammates. Newcastle didn’t look back the rest of the match and continued to pile on. Ultimately, it was the Brazilians’ stellar performance that ensured three points for the club.
In a recent press conference, manager Eddie Howe highlighted Murphy and said his midfield was capable of more after not scoring since the first game of the 21/22 campaign against West Ham. Murphy heard the message loud and clear and celebrated 100 Premier League appearances with a goal.
Murphy was sensation pressing paid off just 28 minutes into the match. Murphy sprinted at Brentford defender Kristoffer Ajer which caused a back pass to the keeper. Murphy continued to follow the ball, which caused an errant pass right to the feet of Callum Wilson. Wilson took two dribbles forward before playing the ball back to Murphy who smashed the ball past a defender and into the net.
“We’ve all got pride in our badge and we’re all proud to be here,” Murphy said in his post-game press conference. “It’s about kicking on and taking us to the heights that we know this club is capable of.”
Trippier put on an encore performance after helping dismantle Fulham last week as he was responsible for two goals last week. However, because of last-second touches, Trippier wasn’t credited with an assist. Trippier finally added an assist to the scoresheet with an incredible set-piece routine on Guimarães first goal.
Almirón sent the corner short to Trippier who whipped a sensation ball into the box. While Guimarães had work to do, he was unmarked and smashed the cross into the far corner. Trippier was finally rewarded for his play. Yet again, Trippier displayed why he was the man with the armband.
Once again, Trippier bombarded the opposing defenses with crosses from the right side. When it was the Bees’ turn to attack, they couldn’t do it with any success on Trippier’s side of the pitch.
With Kyle Walker out and even with Reece James in blistering form, Trippier has been the best right back in the Premier League thus far this season.