Newcastle United ruthlessly put Sheffield United to the sword with a dazzling 8-0 victory at Bramall Lane on Sunday, with eight different players scoring, to leave the home side bottom of the Premier League standings.
The victory was Newcastle’s biggest away from home and the Blades’ largest-ever defeat while Eddie Howe’s side became the first team in Premier League history to have eight different goal scorers in one game as they moved up to eighth in the standings.
Newcastle showed no signs of a hangover from midweek after their first Champions League game in 20 years — a goalless draw away at AC Milan — and they took a 3-0 lead by halftime before switching gears in the second half to go into the record books. They went in front when Anthony Gordon — an early substitute for the injured Harvey Barnes — kept the ball in play on the goal line and found Sean Longstaff who fired home.
Newcastle doubled their lead at the half-hour mark from a corner when Dan Burn peeled away from his marker despite having his shirt tugged and the towering defender headed in Kieran Trippier’s cross at the far post. Four minutes later, Trippier turned provider again from another set piece, this time from a free kick, as Sven Botman directed a glancing header into the back of the net.
The English fullback got his third assist of the game and his first from open play when he found space on the right wing and crossed the ball for Callum Wilson to head home from close range. Gordon curled in Newcastle’s fifth from outside the box which led to Blades fans heading for the exits just after the hour mark before Miguel Almiron ran circles around the defence to net their sixth with help from Bruno Guimaraes.
Guimaraes then got on the scoresheet himself when the ball fell kindly to him in the box from a rebound and he fired home before substitute Alexander Isak completed the rout with a late goal.