From St James’ Park – Newcastle United acquired their Premier League marketing campaign off to a successful begin with a 2-0 win over newly promoted Nottingham Forest.
Newcastle dominated for nearly the whole sport, however they needed to wait till late within the day as two objectives within the final half-hour sealed victory for the Magpies.
The opener got here on the hour mark from an unlikely supply as Swiss central defender Fabian Schar fired house from long-range.
The second got here on 79 minutes with Callum Wilson – who had barely had a kick as much as that time – ending beautifully from Joelinton’s pull-back to provide Eddie Howe’s males the there factors. Though they confirmed loads of spirit, there might be few complaints from Forest boss Steve Cooper.
Newcastle dominated proceedings from the off and had 4 corners within the opening ten-minutes however failed to bother Dean Henderson within the away aim.
One other set-piece likelihood got here Newcastle’s approach on 15-minutes with Kieran Trippier given an opportunity for one in every of his trademark free-kicks on the appropriate of the Forest field, however as soon as once more it was poor as he couldn’t beat the wall.
On the half-hour mark, good work from Miguel Almiron offered Allan Saint-Maximin with a transparent likelihood simply six yards out however he couldn’t join along with his header – the ball got here for Bruno Guimaraes on the sting of the field however his shot flew large.
Joelinton then confirmed a clear set of heels to a few Forest gamers earlier than breaking into the field, however his shot was not equal to his run because it bobbled large.
Simply earlier than the break and Forest lastly threatened the Newcastle aim. Jesse Lingard broke and crossed for Brennan Johnson, who headed straight at Nick Pope. The guests then noticed Lewis O’Brien feed Lingard into the field, shot was blocked and Neco Williams adopted up and fired large.
After the break and it was extra of the identical, with Joe Willock and Saint-Maximin going shut, however they have been denied by good Forest defending.
However it was not lengthy earlier than Forest’s resistance was lastly damaged and it took one thing particular. Simply earlier than the hour the guests cleared their traces and it got here to Schar, 30-yards out. Unchallenged he carried on his run earlier than unleashing an effort into the top-corner past Henderson.
Newcastle have been now dominating however they have been virtually caught on the counter as Williams broke down the appropriate and put nice ball into the field for Sam Surridge, however he might solely head down and large.
Forest introduced on report signing Taiwo Awoniyi, however he barely touched the ball earlier than Newcastle made it 2-0 and sealed the win.
Good work down the left noticed Joelinton sq. the ball into Wilson, who facet footed past Henderson to seal the victory for the Toon Military.
Newcastle United (4-3-3)
GK: Nick Pope – 6/10 – Little or no to do on his house debut, however seemed stable when known as upon.
RB: Kieran Trippier (C) – 5/10 – By no means seemed snug and his set-pieces have been woeful by his very excessive normal.
CB: Fabian Schar – 7/10 – Battled the entire sport with Sam Surridge and did nicely – then he stepped up and slammed house from 25-yards.
CB: Dan Burn – 7/10 – Most popular to new signing Sven Botman and did nothing unsuitable, coped nicely with Brennan Johnson.
LB: Matt Targett – 6/10 – Pinned down a lot of the sport and by no means actually had many possibilities to push ahead – however defended nicely.
CM: Joelinton – 7/10 – Stuffed with working and was a continuing downside to Forest and created the second for Wilson.
CM: Bruno Guimaraes – 7/10 – The important thing to all the pieces for Newcastle, did his greatest to dictate play.
CM: Joe Willock – 6/10 – Began brightly sufficient and had a few respectable possibilities, however much less efficient as sport went on.
LW: Allan Saint-Maximin – 6/10 – Some good runs, however simply no finish product from the dynamic Frenchman.
CF: Callum Wilson – 7/10 – To be honest had little or no service to feed on, barely touched the ball till his good end for the winner.
RW: Miguel Almiron – 5/10 – Some good issues from the Paraguayan however like ASM little to no finish product.
SUB: Ryan Fraser (79′ for Almiron) – 4/10
SUB: Sean Longstaff (79′ for Willock) – 4/10
SUB: Chris Wooden (88′ for Wilson) – 4/10
SUB: Jacob Murphy (88′ for ASM) – 4/10
SUB: Sven Botman (90′ for Bruno) – 4/10
Supervisor: Eddie Howe – 5/10 – Ought to have made modifications which might have put the Tough Bushes to the sword a bit extra.
Nottingham Forest (3-5-2)
GK: Dean Henderson – 6/10 – Wonderful debut from the England worldwide, a few very nice saves and distribution was glorious and was solely overwhelmed by two nice efforts.
RWB: Neco Williams – 6/10 – Good battle in opposition to Saint-Maximin however noticed little of him as an attacking risk.
CB: Joe Worrall (C) – 5/10 – Booked early on for foolish problem and that didn’t assist him.
CB: Moussa Niakhate – 5/10 – Very nervy opening 45-minutes, however made some respectable clearances.
CB: Scott McKenna – 6/10 – The decide of Forest’s again three, made some essential tackles.
LWB: Harry Toffolo – 5/10 – Did not get ahead a lot and supplied little when he did.
CM: Lewis O’Brien – 6/10 – Busy and tenacious in the midst of the park, did his job.
CM: Jack Colback – 6/10 – The Geordie labored his socks off in his return to St James’.
AM: Jesse Lingard – 5/10 – Did not present sufficient, too simply saved quiet by Newcastle.
CF: Sam Surridge – 5/10 – Labored exhausting, however appears like he may battle at this degree.
CF: Brennan Johnson – 5/10 – Some good touches, however clearly not a pure central striker.
SUB: Taiwo Awoniyi (64′ for Surridge) – 4/10
SUB: Orel Mangala (75′ for O’Brien) – 4/10
SUB: Alex Mighten (83′ for Niakhate) – 4/10
Supervisor: Steve Cooper – 6/10 – Fascinating tactic of protecting two-men up always, simply undecided they have been the appropriate gamers to start with.