It doesn’t get much better than a Villa thrashing, does it?
There aren’t many clubs that stink out St James’ Park as much as Aston Villa did at the weekend: ridiculous time wasting, and a reluctance to even play football.
Thankfully, football was the winner. Ashley Young’s handball was the turning point opening the door for Callum Wilson to slot the penalty down the middle with consummate ease—with a certain Gareth Southgate sitting in the stands, not least!
Miggy Almirón adds to his collection of stunning strikes! pic.twitter.com/WVnBEMRMKU— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 29, 2022
The second half proved as contrasting as they come with Newcastle scintillating and Villa calamitous. Yet another training-ground move from a corner saw Wilson nod in a second off the post before Joelinton added a third three minutes later to end the game as a contest.
Newcastle continued to cut Villa apart with ease as Wilson and Jacob Murphy were both denied by the woodwork. Ever-improving Miguel Almiron continued his sparkling form with an outrageous curling effort from 25 yards to add a real shine to a comprehensive home win.
This win has cemented Newcastle’s place in the top four, and they surely are sitting there on true merit—the lads clad in Black & White putting in some eye-watering displays so far this season.
There are differing views on whether the World Cup break will halt Newcastle’s momentum. That said, the stoppage of play in domestic competitions is looking like an ideal time to get the likes of Alexander Isaak, Jonjo Shelvey, and Allan Saint-Maximin fit and firing… Who’s to say the Magpies can’t soar even higher?
Eddie Howe’s side face an away trip to Southampton next, followed by the visit of Chelsea, sandwiched between a League Cup tie against Crystal Palace. Win all three? It’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility.
Newcastle are absolutely flying at the moment and so are the expectations of the club. At the start of the season, supporters would’ve been happy with a top-10 finish. Now, they’re making sure their passports are issued in time and valid for their European tour next campaign.
Howay the lads!