The final score at the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Newcastle in Sheffield, England, this Sunday, September 24, 2023. (Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images)
(Reuters) -- Newcastle United unceremoniously thrashed Sheffield United with a dazzling 8-0 at Bramall Lane on Sunday, with eight different players scoring, to leave the home team in the bottom of the Premier League standings.
The win was Newcastle's heaviest away from home and the Blades' heaviest defeat, while Eddie Howe's side became the first team in Premier League history to have eight different goalscorers in a match, and climbed to eighth place in the standings.
Newcastle showed no signs of upset after their first Champions League match in 20 years - a goalless draw at home to AC Milan - and went ahead 3-0 before half-time, then shifted gears in the second half and entered the record books.
"Today we split them (the goals) a little bit ... I think we were very good from the beginning, and when the goals came I felt the team was regaining confidence," Howe told Sky Sports, quoted by Reuters.
"The most important thing for us is that we wanted to score and we didn't settle for three. I want that mentality to permeate the team."
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The Blades started with encouragement to the home crowd, days after their club's women's midfielder Maddy Cusack died at the age of 27, and the game started after a minute's silence.
However, Newcastle went ahead on the scoreboard when Anthony Gordon, who replaced the injured Harvey Barnes, kept the ball in play on the goal line and found Sean Longstaff, who shot into goal.
Newcastle doubled their lead on the half-hour mark, after a corner kick in which Dan Burn slipped off his marker despite having his shirt pulled, and the imposing defender finished off a Kieran Trippier cross at the second post.
Dan Burn celebrates with his teammates after scoring Newcastle United's second goal with an assist from Kieran Trippier. (Photo: George Wood/Getty Images)
Four minutes later, Trippier assisted again on another set piece, this time from a free-kick, and Sven Botman headed into the back of the net.
Hat-trick assists for Trippier
The English full-back got his third assist of the game and the first in open play, when he found space on the right wing and centered the ball for Callum Wilson to finish from head to point.
Gordon scored Newcastle's fifth goal from outside the box, prompting the Blades fans to head to the starting gate on the edge of the hour mark, before Miguel Almiron surrounded the defence and scored the sixth with the help of Bruno Guimaraes.
Guimaraes himself scored later, when the ball fell well in the area after a rejection and shot on goal, while the substitute Alexander Isak completed the win with a goal in the last moments.
Alexander Isak celebrates Newcastle's eighth and final goal against Sheffield. (Photo: DARREN STAPLES/AFP via Getty Images)
Blades coach Paul Heckingbottom said his team needed to learn from the loss.
"We are upset by the nature of the performance ... We can't afford to go behind on the scoreboard like that if we want to compete," Heckingbottom said.
"What I dislike is the second part. Regardless of the mistakes that led to the goals, we have to learn from them. Many of the things I saw in the second part I had never seen here.
"These games are not going to define our season. It's about accumulating points. Although there are huge things we have to learn from, we also have to stay calm in these types of games."