An eight-goal rout by Newcastle over Sheffield United.

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Published: 9/25/2023 4:58:19 AM
Newcastle United's Sven Botman celebrates scoring their third goal with Anthony Gordon and Dan Burn. Photo: Reuters

Newcastle United's Sven Botman celebrates scoring their third goal with Anthony Gordon and Dan Burn. Photo: Reuters

Newcastle's 8-0 thumping of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Sunday nearly matched the Premier League record margin of victory.


Sean Longstaff, Dan Burn, Sven Botman, Callum Wilson, Anthony Gordon, Miguel Almiron, Bruno Guimaraes, and Alexander Isak all scored goals as Eddie Howe's team ran riot.

9-0 is the largest winning margin in Premier League history, achieved by Manchester United against Southampton in 2021 and Ipswich in 1995.

Liverpool won 9-0 against Bournemouth last year, while Leicester managed it against Southampton in 2019.

Sheffield United's largest ever league defeat sent the Blades to the bottom of the Premier League table.

With just one point from their first six games back in the English top flight, Paul Heckingbottom's future as manager is now in doubt.

"The first-half goals we conceded were really poor, but it's the second half I'm upset with," said Heckingbottom.

"The errors that led to goals, a lot of things I'd never seen before, and there's certain things that aren't acceptable."

Newcastle had lost three of their opening five league games of the season to dampen expectations that the Saudi-backed Magpies could challenge for the title.

Howe's men had been in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years on Tuesday as they played out a 0-0 draw away to AC Milan.

But Newcastle showed no signs of fatigue and they exhibited their strength in depth as they became the first side in Premier League history to have eight different scorers in one match, not including own goals.

"I thought we were really good, and once the goals came the confidence returned," said Howe.

"What a response from the players in the past week."

Sheffield United had started the game brightly at an emotional Bramall Lane as tributes were paid to Maddy Cusack.

The 27-year-old, who was the longest-serving player in the club's women's side and also worked in the club's commercial department, died earlier this week.

However, the hosts fell apart as Newcastle struck three times in a 14-minute spell.

Longstaff swept home Gordon's cross before centre-backs Dan Burn and Sven Botman headed home from Kieran Trippier crosses.

Trippier had a hat-trick of assists shortly after the break as he set up Wilson.

It was 5-0 just after the hour mark when Gordon capped a scintillating display by cutting inside and curling a fine 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.

Almiron's sweet strike found the bottom corner to make it six before Guimaraes converted a loose ball in the area.

Substitute Isak completed the rout by latching on to a loose header from Tom Davies.

Victory lifts Newcastle up to eighth and within five points of the top four.

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