Newcastle thrash Sheffield United 8-0 away with 8 different goal scorers

AFP

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.

"We shared them (goals) around a bit today. I thought we were really good from the start and when the goals came I felt the confidence in the team returned," Howe told Sky Sports.

"The big thing for us was that we really wanted to score and we weren't content with three. I want that mentality to run through the team."

The Blades started on a positive note to give the home fans some cheer, days after their club's women's team midfielder Maddy Cusack died aged 27, with the match kicking off after a minute's silence.

But Newcastle 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.

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