The Scottish Mail on Sunday - 2021-11-21


Another chaotic Newcastle show


By Craig Hope

IF Eddie Howe did drink, he would have emptied his hotel mini-bar by the end of this six-goal frenzy. Confined to his hotel suite having tested positive for Covid-19, you can only hope one of Howe’s symptoms is not brain fog, for trying to make sense of this will only add to the confusion. It was crazy, chaotic and at times calamitous, and that just about captures life at Newcastle United. The Magpies started brightly and took the lead on 10 minutes. Matt Ritchie’s corner was headed into the net by Jamaal Lascelles. In typical Newcastle fashion, they were pegged back within 60 seconds. Ivan Toney’s effort really should have been saved but the ball inexplicably trickled through the legs of goalkeeper Karl Darlow. Newcastle were stung by the Bees again just after the half-hour mark. Rico Henry nodded home at the back post for Thomas Frank’s visitors. However, the hosts hit back. Joelinton equalised on 39 minutes after Allan SaintMaximin’s shot was blocked. The Brazilian reacted quickest to the rebound. A pulsating contest then swung the way of Brentford again. Lascelles putting through his own net when a shot was heading wide of the goal. So often the talisman that rides to the rescue for Newcastle, Saint-Maximin salvaged a point with 15 minutes to go but the Magpies are winless and rock-bottom.


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