Almirón stunner sinks Crystal Palace and takes Newcastle to 40-point mark

Newcastle United’s startling metamorphosis continued as Miguel Almirón’s exquisite first-half goal not only elevated Eddie Howe’s renascent side to the security of 40 points but secured a sixth successive home victory.

That run equals a record set in 2004 here, back in the days when Tynesiders were “walking in a Robson wonderland” during Sir Bobby Robson’s tenure. Eighteen years on Howe’s team remain a work in progress but, bolstered by Bruno Guimarães’s midfield excellence, are almost unrecognisable from the strugglers Steve Bruce failed to coax a single win out of before his replacement by Howe in November.

Continue reading…Newcastle United’s startling metamorphosis continued as Miguel Almirón’s exquisite first-half goal not only elevated Eddie Howe’s renascent side to the security of 40 points but secured a sixth successive home victory.That run equals a record set in 2004 here, back in the days when Tynesiders were “walking in a Robson wonderland” during Sir Bobby Robson’s tenure. Eighteen years on Howe’s team remain a work in progress but, bolstered by Bruno Guimarães’s midfield excellence, are almost unrecognisable from the strugglers Steve Bruce failed to coax a single win out of before his replacement by Howe in November. Continue reading…Read MoreFootball | The Guardian

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