In last Saturday's Premier League return to St James’ Park, Newcastle United finally secured a comfortable victory beating Fulham 3-0, although it's worth noting the visitors played most of the match with ten men.
Newcastle, coming off a series of losses, including a savage come-from-behind 2-1 defeat in the Champions League to AC Milan, kept facing endless fitness concerns. Fulham, on the other hand, entered the match on the back of two consecutive 5-0 victories, aiming to solidify their position in the top half of the standings.
The match began evenly, but things changed quickly by the 21st minute when Fulham’s Raul Jimenez was sent off challenging Sean Longstaff. This incident left Fulham with ten men for the majority of the game, and even though Newcastle suffered injury setbacks themselves, with Fabian Schar and Joelinton both leaving the field due to hamstring issues, they had enough to overcome Fulham.
The second half saw Newcastle dominate. 17-year-old Lewis Miley scored his first goal for Newcastle in the 56th minute, giving his team the lead. This was followed by goals from Miguel Almiron and Dan Burn, ultimately securing a comfortable 3-0 win for Newcastle.
The victory marked a significant response from the Magpies and a notable bounceback outing especially after crashing out of Europe in heartbreaking fashion and just days before facing Chelsea for a ticket to the Carabao Cup semifinals.
Howe emphasized the importance of overcoming negativity and the new reality of the team, having to fully focus on the Premier League challenges that await them for the remainder of the season without many midweek games left in the schedule.
Somehow, Newcastle was resiliant enough and capable to keep adapting to all adversities, showcasing their depth more than anytime before and pumping young talents like Miley into the game if only because of pure necessity.
On to the capital to face Chelsea on Tuesday. Cup time. Bring it on!