Miguel Almiron scored a brace to help Newcastle produce one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Premier League. When Nathaniel Chalobah was dismissed for a late, dangerous tackle on Sean Longstaff that referee Darren England initially only gave a yellow card for, video assistant referee Mike Dean intervened and suggested it be upgraded to a straight red, giving the hosts the worst possible start. After Joe Willock headed Kieran Tripper’s tempting center-back across the six-yard box, the visitors’ opener was scored by Callum Wilson moments later. The striker couldn’t miss from practically on the goal line.
After a deft one-two with Bruno Guimaraes, Almiron, who Eddie Howe called “amazing,” grabbed control and curled in a gorgeous first goal from a tight angle. Just before halftime, Longstaff made it 3-0 with a straightforward close-range finish. Just before the hour mark, Paraguay forward completed the scoring for Newcastle with yet another simple finish, turning in Jacob Murphy’s cross with the goal open to round off a simple afternoon’s work in the west London sunlight. Even though Bobby Decordova-Reid scored a late consolation goal for Marco Silva’s team, they nonetheless suffered their first home loss of the year as their opponents tied them for seventh and eighth place in the standings on points.
Fulham manager Marco Silva: “He told me that the referee gave him a clear yellow card. Naturally, everything altered drastically after Mike Dean’s (a VAR official) ruling. So, it seems weird to me that it took so long to make that choice and to suggest to the referee that he reconsider. Of course, it was a rough tackle, but I’m positive beyond a doubt that I’ve never witnessed consistency in this kind of circumstance.”
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe: “It has taken a while to happen. The season’s second victory has been long overdue. We created opportunities early on because we had a positive attitude and good energy from the beginning. Of course, the red card made things simpler, but I was extremely happy with how the players handled it. Their mentality was that we desired more, weren’t content with what we had, and were constantly looking to score.”
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