Newcastle cruised to a formidable 5-1 win over Brentford at St James’ Park to remain inside touching distance of the Premier League high 4 1 / 4 of the way in which into the brand new season.
In distinction to the primary half of final time period, the Magpies have been tough to beat to this point in 2022/23 – solely Liverpool have defeated Eddie Howe’s aspect – however this was only a third league victory and a primary pair of consecutive wins after beating Fulham per week in the past.
South American stars Bruno Guimaraes and Miguel Almiron had been once more the heroes from a Newcastle perspective, though an Ivan Toney penalty that introduced Brentford again into the sport at 2-1 early within the second half briefly threatened to make it a tougher afternoon.
The visiting Bees did even have the ball within the internet first, though Bryan Mbeumo’s title was struck off the score-sheet when VAR intervened with an offside name.
It was a set piece that set Newcastle on their method, with Bruno guiding a Kieran Trippier nook into the web halfway by means of the primary half. Not far more time had handed when Jacob Murphy doubled the lead, latching onto Callum Wilson’s ball round seven yards out.
Brentford piled on the stress after the restart and Nick Pope made a great save from Mbeumo. The spot kick got here when the ball struck Dan Burn’s arm within the penalty space and, after a prolonged await VAR to confirm it, Toney calmly despatched Pope the incorrect method.
Bruno was instantly available to revive the two-goal cushion with one of the best purpose of the sport from exterior the penalty space, whereas Almiron’s third purpose in two video games later prolonged Newcastle’s result in 4-1 within the remaining 10 minutes.
To rub Brentford’s nostril in it much more, an Ethan Pinnock personal purpose in stoppage pushed the rating to 5-1 earlier than the tip.