‘What a move’ – Newcastle’s ‘fake time-wasting’ routine goes viral and fans think it’s a tactical masterstroke
NEWCASTLE wowed fans with an intricate “fake time-wasting” routine yesterday.
The Toon took on Wolves at St James’ Park looking to end a run of five Prem games without a win.
TWITTER / @editfootball_Bruno Guimaraes back-heels to Miguel Almiron[/caption]
TWITTER / @editfootball_Almiron cuts the ball back to Sven Botman[/caption]
TWITTER / @editfootball_The centre-back blazes his shot over the bar[/caption]
Alexander Isak got them off to a perfect start on 26 minutes when he netted his fourth Prem goal in just six starts this term in what’s been an injury-hit season.
South Korean ace Hwang Hee-chan levelled for the visitors with 20 minutes remaining, only for Miguel Almiron to bag a 79th minute winner.
With Eddie Howe’s side holding on in stoppage time, they earned a corner.
As is customary, they didn’t commit men into the box, appearing more likely to try and shield the ball by the corner flag.
While the Toon did take it short, they stunned Wolves by launching an intricate passing move.
Miguel Almiron passed the ball to Callum Wilson, who quickly gave it to Bruno Guimaraes.
The Brazilian’s slick back-heel then sent Almiron scampering in behind.
Newcastle’s second goalscorer perfectly squared for defender Sven Botman, but the centre-back blazed over a golden opportunity.
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Nonetheless, after the Magpies saw out their 2-1 win, fans flocked to social media to heap praise on the coaching staff.
One wrote: “Very clever. We’ve not seen football like that for years. Superbly coached team.”
A second slyly tweeted: “Some of the most beautiful football you will see from Boring Newcastle lol.”
While a third gushed: “Imagine Botman had scored this. What an amazingly well worked goal it would have been.”
And a fourth sarcastically responded: “What a boring team. Don’t know how people can bare to watch them.”
Newcastle’s win saw them climb back ahead of Liverpool into fifth place in the Premier League.
The Toon now reside two points above the Reds with a game in hand.
They still trail fourth-placed Tottenham by four points, but possess two games in hand on the North Londoners.
GettyEddie Howe received plenty of praise for the slick move[/caption]