Miguel Almiron scores a goal of the season contender after Nathaniel Chalobah’s red card for a horror tackle seeing Fulham go down to 10-men.
The Paraguayan sent a stunning message back at critic Jack Grealish as the Toon had a day to remember in the capital, beating the Cottagers 4-1.
Earlier in the summer, Almiron was mocked by the England midfielder who landed himself in a bit of hot water when he name dropped the Newcastle player during the Man City title celebrations.
Grealish enjoying himself a little too much during the open top bus parade after winning his first Premier League title last season.
Bernardo Silva asked him on camera about what was the secret behind their final day comeback against Aston Villa to win the title.
He said: ”There were two secrets… one, Riyad [Mahrez], take him off the pitch, as soon as possible. He played like [Newcastle star Miguel] Almiron.
“Number two, [pointing at Silva] he’s been so good this season, get him off the pitch.”
The Portuguese then came up with a third secret, adding: “Number three… keep Jack Grealish on the f***ing bench.”
Grealish saying that Mahrez should have been taken off the pitch because he was playing like Almiron 🤣 pic.twitter.com/LLAbvbwVqe
— EnGee (@_EnGee) May 23, 2022
There could have been no better response or display of Almiron’s quality than the stunning strike, the first of a double on Saturday afternoon.
Eddie Howe’s side had been a goal up and in total control after Nathaniel Chalobah was given marching orders when Almiron, on the right edge of the box, laid off to Bruno Guimaraes.
He ran into the space which Layvin Kurzawa chose not to fill.
When the ball dropped, Almiron produced a superb and unlikely volley with the outside of his left foot into the far corner, causing scenes in the away end.
It was a goal that summed up the difference in class as Fulham was left even more concerned when top scorer Aleksandar Mitrovic limping off in the first half.
This was the Toon’s second Prem win of the season, with Almiron’s double coming with first half tap-ins from Callum Wilson and Sean Longstaff before he added a fourth from close range.
Bobby DeCordova Reid’s 88th minute header was Fulham’s only shot on target, denying Newcastle their biggest away Prem win since thrashing Coventry 5-1 in September 1998.
Fulham: Leno (6), Mbabu (6), Adarabioyo (6), Ream (5), Kurzawa (5), Reed (5), Chalobah (5), James (6), Andreas Pereira (6), Reid (7), Mitrovic (6)
Subs: Kebano (7), Cairney (6), Vinicius (6), Diop (7)
Newcastle: Pope (6), Trippier (7), Schar (7), Botman (7), Burn (7), Longstaff (7), Bruno Guimaraes (7), Willock (8), Almiron (9), Wilson (8), Murphy (8)
Subs: Lascelles (6), Lewis (6), Targett (6), Fraser (7), Anderson (6)
Man of the match: Miguel Almiron
Fulham manager Marco Silva speaking to BBC Sport: “Yes it was a disappointing afternoon, a strange afternoon. The red card made a huge impact in the game and the second goal killed our belief.
“It is difficult to talk about the challenge. I have strange feeling after seeing it many times on TV. People who play football know if you keep stopping the moments you will probably find five or 10 red cards in a game.
You have to keep looking at the moments to understand what you are seeing. The referee was clearly there. He told me it was a clear yellow card.
“After so long a time to find one picture of Nathaniel’s tackle it is difficult for me to accept.
“If it will always be like that, I would accept it. But I am 100% sure that in moments like that, one will be a yellow card and that’s it.
“This is the difficult situation to understand. We need to see consistency in these situation or you have to give the yellow card.
“I think in the next few weeks in tough matches you will see moments like this one where it will be a yellow card. These decisions feel strange to us.
“So congratulations to Newcastle. The scenario was made much easier for them after the red card. Even so, with 10 players in the first half, we should do much better in certain moments. In certain moments we were not aggressive enough. I can say the three moments they scored in the first half we could do much better.”
Did you speak with the officials after the game?: “It is difficult because they don’t want to speak with us. Everything that we have to say to them they see as too much, so it is difficult to speak with them.
What he [referee Darren England] told me was that it was clear it was a yellow card when he saw the moment and, of course, after Mike Dean on VAR told him that he probably sees something more and he went along with that from the screen.
“I am really confident that 11 v 11 the result would have been completely different. Of course, things were easier for them after that moment. Even so, some things we can improve. The goals we conceded were sloppy in some moments, it is up to us to keep working on that, but that was a strange red card for us.”
On Aleksandar Mitrovic’s injury: “Let’s see, we have to wait more hours and days to see. We had to make changes because we had four other injured players, let’s hope they can recover so that we can be stronger next week. I don’t want to rely just in Mitro, all players not in the squad are important for us and it is up to us to keep working hard to recover them as quickly as we can.”
Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff speaking to Sky Sports: “The sending off made it easier but it can be just as tricky against 10 men. You need to take full advantage of it and we have done that with a really good team performance.
“[Miguel Almiron’s first goal] is unbelievable. He has got that quality on that left foot and the pass from Bruno [Guimarães] is the reason he is going to a World Cup with Brazil. He is a top player and we are lucky to have him.”
On Nathaniel Chalobah’s foul on him that earned a red card: “It’s a contact sport. These things are going to happen when the game is moving so fast.
“I don’t want to see anyone get sent off because you know how you would feel if it happened to you, but that is what the referee decided.
“I was all right – and the main thing was to take advantage. We were lucky to do that. So it was a great day for us and hopefully we can kick on from it.”
Newcastle manager Eddie Howe: “Callum Wilson is a goal scorer – that instinct in him is razor sharp.
“But he has only just come back and I am pleased I was ale to protect him and Bruno Guimaraes.
“They have not done a huge amount of training so it was nice to be able to protect them [by bringing them off].”
On Miguel Almiron’s performance: “Mickey epitomises our team. He has been excellent but not had the goals to match his performances. Today he got the two and played really well.”
On having competition for places: “I have had the other problem, which is not enough players, so it is good that our squad is looking very strong, with competition in every position.
“The lads are disappointed not to get the clean sheet, but this is not the day to pick holes, it is a day to be happy and see the fans celebrate. A big thank you to them.”
Great to see you back, @CallumWilson! 🙌
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) October 1, 2022
Newcastle goal scorer Callum Wilson speaking with BBC Sport: “It’s a nice feeling [to get the win]. The performances have been good of late. Unfortunately, I have not been part of that but the lads have been putting in great performances and just didn’t have three points to show for it, but everything came together today.
“The performance today was about mindset. Today we knew we had to start fast against a team that have been playing well and thankfully we have come out on top to get the three points.”
On returning from injury to score: “There was an embarrassing miss from me at first, showing a bit of rust, but I was happy to get on the score sheet.
“When you are out injured you are very disappointed, obviously, but you can’t feel sorry for yourself. You try to pick yourself up, work hard on your rehab and today I was able to help the team get three points.”
On his reaction to being substituted: “No striker, when your team is 4-0 up, is going to be happy to come off. I understand the thinking but once you take emotion out of it you understand it.
“That’s my mentality, I always want to score. I am playing catch-up, so today was a perfect opportunity to get some goals behind me.”
What next for Newcastle?: “We need to make sure we are picking up wins rather than draws. It’s a case of one game at a time and we will see where we are.”
⚽️⚽️ vs. Fulham
Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe says he was very happy for Miguel Almirón following his brace against Fulham. pic.twitter.com/Q6kwU84f8G
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 2, 2022
Newcastle manger Eddie Howe speaking to BBC Sport: “It has been a long time coming. We have had a long wait for the second win of the season.
“Right from the start we had a good feeling, with good energy, and created chances early on. Obviously the red card made it easier but I am very pleased with the players’ response. Their attitude – we wanted more, we weren’t happy with what we had, always trying to score.
“It’s been a very difficult two weeks, obviously we have had the international break with players going away, but we have also had a bit of illness in the camp, so it’s been a mixed two weeks but it didn’t show in our performance.”
🗣️ “Much needed win, I think we got our rewards.”
Newcastle United boss Eddie Howe on his sides performance against Fulham today. pic.twitter.com/chgblZlESs
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) October 1, 2022
This is what fans said as Almiron scores a goal of the season contender after Chalobah’s red card for a horror tackle…
@Marcus200074: Miggy still has all of Fulham in his back pocket
@jamesmags_: should’ve had a hattrick
@Penshaw2Spain: Hope @JackGrealish is Watching! 🖤🤍🖤🤍
@ameobi23: No ones talking about how inch perfect that cross was on his weaker foot. Willock was awesome yesterday 👌🏻
@Retro_NUFC: Morning @JackGrealish
@MichaelNUFC_: That ball from Bruno alone is enough to prove how much we need him
@RamonClayton6: Think we’re having our own goal of season competition 👌
@round_phil: He caressed that ball into the net like Van Gogh stroking the paint brush on one his many epic paintings.
@dannywarring85: Some finish btw 😍
@manxpie86: Been telling him all season that he needs to use that left foot more often!
@dylxo94: Unbelievable ball from @brunoog97 by the way 😍
@ChrisLongstaff8: Pur Johann Cruyf vibes, Shearer Vs Schmeichel vibes. That pass from Bruno was absolutely disgusting too 🔥
@NUFCLC: Had my doubts about Almiron and always will but what a goal that is 😮💨😮💨
@andytoon30: Oh wow I didn’t know he hit it with his left boot! How about that for a finish @JackGrealish can you please play like almiron for England because we might actually win something
@nufcsean: Some goal this like. Not just the finish either. The patient build up, not panicking with the ball, the Bruno pass. All magnificent.
@Dan___31: That assist plus the finish 🔥 some goal that
@Simeon_MF: Technique on this is absolutely silly 🤯🔥
@Suggy1983: Some strike Miggy 👏👌⚽️⚫️⚪️
@lisamole: Cannot stop watching this 😍
@Only1JG18: This is an absolutely stunning goal. The pass + movement. The then pass from Bruno is inch perfect, and the way miggy watches and hits. If this was prime Barcelona or Man City people would be raving all over the Internet for it. Its truly a stunningly worked goal #NUFC ⚫️⚪️🤙🔥
@AndyHislop1: Keep watching it… look at the movement, around the defender, watching the ball, that takes some doing.. oh and the pass from @brunoog9, that’s not the first one..Like I say, technically, you won’t see a better finish with the left foot, when it should be a right foot finish.👏
@BenDennison9: Grealish could never.