After a disappointing result at Preston on Saturday, Newcastle responded well tonight with a convincing 3-1 win at Hibernian.
(3-5-2): Darlow – Schar, Lascelles, Dummett – Manquillo, Shelvey, Hayden, S.Longstaff, Ritchie – Almiron, Joelinton.
We went behind early on via an 11th minute strike from Hibs’ Stevie Mallan and lost Matt Ritchie to an early injury, but we were soon level just five minutes later, with Joelinton pouncing to score his first goal for the club.
As you can see below, he guided a left-footed volley into the bottom corner after Javier Manquillo (who was impressive all night) whipped in an inch perfect cross for the Brazilian.
The 22-year-old was superb. Not only did he take his goal well, he showed impressive link up play, good movement, he held the ball well, looked quick, strong and had a trick or two up his sleeve too.
Sean Longstaff then put us 2-1 up before the break, with a blocked shot from Joelinton falling to the 21-year-old – whose driven shot was blasted into the bottom corner from 25 yards
Almiron went close a few times but was unable to get off the mark, however we then made it three midway through the second half, with Jamaal Lascelles heading Rolando Aarons’ dangerous cross home:
The likes of Fernandez, Clark, Sterry, Ki, Muto, Murphy and Matty Longstaff then got some minutes late on in what was a good workout and strong performance from the team.
A much improved display after a dour affair at Preston on Saturday and brilliant to see our £40m man Joelinton looking the part.