Match ends, Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 8.
Newcastle matched their record Premier League win with a scintillating display as they embarrassed winless Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
Any fears of a European hangover following their Champions League exertions on Tuesday soon vanished as Eddie Howe’s side cruised to victory with eight different players getting on the scoresheet.
Sean Longstaff put the visitors in front on 21 minutes as he swept in from Anthony Gordon’s cutback with the Blades’ appeals for a handball and claims the ball went out of play in the build-up dismissed.
Paul Heckingbottom’s hosts had started brightly but found themselves three down before half-time after a further two goals in four minutes for Newcastle.
Both came from Kieran Trippier set-pieces with Dan Burn stooping to nod in a corner at the back post before Sven Botman scored his first Newcastle goal with a well-directed header from a wide free-kick.
Callum Wilson missed a number of presentable opportunities before the break but got his goal 10 minutes into the second half, heading in from close range following another pinpoint cross from Trippier.
With Newcastle seemingly able to carve through the Blades at will, it was the irrepressible Gordon who added the fifth.
The former Everton winger cut in from the left and effortlessly curled the ball into the far corner past Wes Foderingham in the Sheffield United goal.
Miguel Almiron slotted in number six and Bruno Guimaraes made it seven with 17 minutes still remaining against an increasingly despondent home side.
That was plenty of time for substitute Alexander Isak to pounce on another defensive error, turn his man and calmly finish to make it 8-0, the same score by which Newcastle beat Sheffield Wednesday in 1999.
The defeat is also Sheffield United’s record league defeat.
More to follow.
- 15AhmedhodzicBooked at 28mins
- 12EganBooked at 90mins
- 19RobinsonBooked at 34mins
- 20BogleSubstituted forTraoréat 45′minutes
- 16NorwoodSubstituted forDaviesat 62′minutes
- 21de Souza Costa
- 28McAteeSubstituted forBashamat 75′minutes
- 8HamerSubstituted forBen Slimaneat 66′minutesBooked at 75mins
- 25Ben Slimane
- 2TrippierSubstituted forLivramentoat 70′minutes
- 36S Longstaff
- 39Bruno GuimarãesSubstituted forHallat 81′minutes
- 24AlmirónSubstituted forTonaliat 70′minutes
- 9WilsonSubstituted forIsakat 70′minutes
- 15BarnesSubstituted forGordonat 12′minutes
Second Half ends, Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 8.
Offside, Sheffield United. Tom Davies tries a through ball, but Chris Basham is caught offside.
Attempt blocked. Tom Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cameron Archer.
Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).
Vinicius Souza (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
John Egan (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Anthony Gordon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by John Egan (Sheffield United).
Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Vinicius Souza (Sheffield United).
Offside, Sheffield United. John Egan tries a through ball, but Chris Basham is caught offside.
Goal! Sheffield United 0, Newcastle United 8. Alexander Isak (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Tom Davies (Sheffield United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Basham.
Elliot Anderson (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Tom Davies (Sheffield United).
Substitution, Newcastle United. Lewis Hall replaces Bruno Guimarães.
Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.
Attempt blocked. Dan Burn (Newcastle United) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Sandro Tonali with a cross.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Wes Foderingham.
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