Norwich City 0-3 Newcastle United: Joelinton double sends Magpies into top half


Joelinton doubled his goal tally for the season in the first half of the game at Carrow Road

Joelinton marked his 100th Premier League appearance with two goals as Newcastle moved up to ninth and sent Norwich closer to relegation.

Kieran Dowell skied two good chances with first-time efforts for the hosts, who are now eight points adrift with five games to go.

Joelinton scored the opener when he swept a lovely finish into the top corner from Allan Saint-Maximin’s pass.

He added a second when he slotted in at a tight angle from Jacob Murphy’s ball after Newcastle got in behind Norwich’s defence.

Those were only his third and fourth goals of the season.

Another Brazilian in Bruno Guimaraes scored United’s third, chipping Tim Krul after the Norwich keeper had passed the ball directly to him.

Only Liverpool have picked up more Premier League points in 2022 than Newcastle’s 32. This is the first time since May 2014 that Newcastle have been as high as ninth this far into a season – and that is despite them spending 150 days in the relegation zone.

Five months a long time in football

When these sides met in November, a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, Newcastle were bottom of the table with no wins from 14 games. No team had ever stayed up from that position.

Norwich were three points and two places above them.

But Newcastle’s fortunes have turned entirely with the Saudi Arabian takeover, Howe’s management and several big January signings.

One of Howe’s biggest successes has been changing Joelinton from a goal-shy striker to a combative midfielder – although he was back up front in this game as £25m Chris Wood was left on the bench.

His first goal came when Norwich defenders failed to clear Saint-Maximin’s pass after good wing play by Murphy, a goal which eventually stood after a video assistant referee check for a possible Murphy offside.

Guimaraes sent Murphy and Joe Willock through with a lovely through ball – as both got in behind the Norwich defense – with Joelinton scoring from Murphy’s ball at the back post.

Norwich were well beaten by the time Krul’s lazy pass to Kenny McLean was cut out by £35m winter recruit Guimaraes, who lofted the ball over the Dutch keeper.

Joelinton had one chance for a hat-trick, shooting at Krul from outside the box, before he was replaced by Miguel Almiron in the 67th minute.

At one stage Newcastle fans were dreaming of 17th place and safety. Now they are 15 points clear of the relegation zone.

Things could have been different had Dowell taken either of his first-half chances for Norwich. First he lobbed over from Mathias Normann’s pass and then he sliced ​​over from Teemu Pukki’s cut-back.

Dean Smith’s side’s fate is all but sealed now with eight points to catch up in five games – plus a worse goal difference and more games played than most of the teams above them.

Even if Pukki had scored a chance when he fired wide of the far post, they never looked like coming back.

player-of-the-match

JoelintonJoelinton

Norwich City

  1. squad number22player namePukki

  2. squad numberoneplayer nameKrul

  3. squad number5player nameHanley

  4. squad number3player nameByram

  5. squad number17player nameRashika

  6. squad number10player nameDowell

  7. squad number23player nameMcLean

  8. squad numbertwentyplayer nameLees-Melou

  9. squad number6player nameZimmerman

  10. squad number30player nameGiannoulis

  11. squad number16player nameNormann

  12. squad number46player nameRowe

  13. squad number18player nameTzolis

  14. squad numbertwoplayer nameAaron’s

Newcastle United

  1. squad number7player nameJoelinton

  2. squad number39player nameBruno Guimaraes

  3. squad number10player nameSaint-Maximin

  4. squad number28player namewillock

  5. squad number33player nameBurn

  6. squad number24player namealmiron

  7. squad number13player nametargett

  8. squad number23player nameMurphy

  9. squad numberoneplayer nameDubravka

  10. squad number17player nameKrafth

  11. squad numberelevenplayer nameRitchie

  12. squad number3. 4player nameGayle

  13. squad number36player nameS Longstaff

  14. squad number6player nameLascelles

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • oneKrul
  • 3Byram
  • 5Hanley
  • 6ZimmermanSubstituted forAaron’sat 58′minutes
  • 30Giannoulis
  • 16NormannSubstituted forRoweat 58′minutes
  • 23McLean
  • 10Dowell
  • twentyLees-Melou
  • 17RashikaSubstituted forTzolisat 75′minutes
  • 22Pukki

substitutes

  • twoAaron’s
  • 4Gibson
  • 8Gilmour
  • elevenplacheta
  • 18Tzolis
  • 19Sørensen
  • twenty-oneWilliams
  • 28Gunn
  • 46Rowe

newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • oneDubravka
  • 17Krafth
  • 6Lascelles
  • 33Burn
  • 13targett
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 39Guimaraes Rodriguez MouraBooked at 52minsSubstituted forGayleat 87′minutes
  • 28willock
  • 23MurphySubstituted forRitchieat 74′minutes
  • 7JoelintonSubstituted foralmironat 67′minutes
  • 10Saint-MaximinBooked at 39mins

substitutes

  • 5Schär
  • 8Shelvey
  • elevenRitchie
  • 18Fernandez
  • 19sleeve
  • twentyWood
  • 24almiron
  • 26Darlow
  • 3. 4Gayle

Referee:
chris kavanagh

attendance:
26,910

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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