- Newcastle romp to big win at Bramall Lane
- Eight different scorers as records fall
- Howe’s side could be back on track after stuttering start
Newcastle United dismissed fears of a European hangover when they roared to an 8-0 victory against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the Premier League. The match was viewed as a potential banana skin for Eddie Howe’s side after an emotionally draining trip to the San Siro in the Champions League in midweek. The Magpies have had a difficult start to the season, however, two wins, a draw and three clean sheets in the past nine days suggest that they might be back on track, with the rout in Sheffield leaving the statisticians reaching for the record books.
Newcastle in record breaking win
Newcastle’s 8-0 victory over the Blades resulted in several notable records being broken:
- Newcastle’s biggest away win in Premier League history: This 8-0 victory is now Newcastle’s largest ever win on the road in the Premier League. It also equals their biggest ever Premier League win. The Magpies beat the Blade’s city rivals Sheffield Wednesday 8-0 at St James’ Park in September 1999.
- Eight different scorers in a single Premier League game: This game marked the first time in Premier League history that a team had eight different players find the net in a single match. The previous record was held by Chelsea, who had seven different scorers in a game against Aston Villa in 2012.
- Eddie Howe’s biggest Premier League win as a manager: This victory stands as Eddie Howe’s largest win as a manager in the Premier League. However, Newcastle’s manager had previously overseen an 8-0 victory in the Championship during his time in charge of Bournemouth. The Cherries beat Birmingham City 8-0 in October 2014, which was the biggest away win in second-tier history at the time.
- Sheffield United’s largest ever league defeat: This 8-0 loss is Sheffield United’s largest ever defeat in a league match. It was their 4,988th league game.
- Sheffield United’s first time conceding eight since 1933: The last time Sheffield United conceded eight goals in a league match was in November 1933, in a 10-3 defeat by Middlesbrough.
Newcastle had an incredible season last time round, finishing fourth in the Premier League after years of underachievement, However, three defeats in a row early in the season left some questioning whether they had the strength in depth to sustain another challenge for the top four alongside a European campaign. Bettors need to monitor their progress up until the next international break, however, the signs are there that Howe’s side have recovered from their slump. While Newcastle will be disappointed to have lost three matches early on, those defeats were against other teams expected to challenge at the top.
The bookies certainly feel that Newcastle are likely to push for a top six finish this season. The bookies have them as sixth favourites to win the Premier League and fourth favourites to secure another top four finish.
Newcastle return to action on Wednesday when they host Manchester City in the EFL Cup.